The Wizard of Oz (MUNY Version)

The Wizard of Oz (MUNY Version)

by: L. Frank Baum, Frank Gabrielson, Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg, Herbert Stothart

by: L. Frank Baum, Frank Gabrielson, Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg, Herbert Stothart

The Wizard of Oz (MUNY Version)

The Wizard of Oz (MUNY Version)

by: L. Frank Baum, Frank Gabrielson, Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg, Herbert Stothart

by: L. Frank Baum, Frank Gabrielson, Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg, Herbert Stothart

Overview

This original stage version of The Wizard of Oz premiered at the Municipal Theatre of St. Louis (MUNY) in 1942.

There are two full-length versions of The Wizard of Oz: MUNY and RSC. Both include the songs "Over The Rainbow," "Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead)," "If I Only Had A Brain/A Heart/The Nerve," "We're Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road)," "The Jitterbug," and "The Merry Old Land of Oz." The MUNY version also has "Evening Star." The RSC version also includes "Poppies (Optimistic Voices)" and "If I Were King Of The Forest."

This MUNY version is the more theatrically conservative, and employs its stage, actors, singers, dancers, and musicians in traditional ways. Using L. Frank Baum's book - and not the MGM film - as its inspiration, this version employs story and songs as elements of a classic stage musical. This version does not include Toto, but instead adds new characters, including: Farmhand Joe, Gloria of Oz, Lord Growlie, Tibia (the witch's skeletal assistant), two comical neighboring witches, and the Royal Army of Oz.

The RSC Version is a more faithful adaptation of the film. A more technically complex production, it recreates the dialogue and structure of the MGM classic nearly scene for scene, though it is adapted for live stage performance. The RSC version's musical material also provides more work for the SATB chorus and small vocal ensembles.

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Details

  • Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Cast Attributes: Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences

Authors

L. Frank Baum

Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. One of the most successful novels in American literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz sold out instantly, became a cutlrual sensation, ...

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Frank Gabrielson

Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen (1905-1986) wrote some of the greatest hits from the 30's and 40's, including the entire score to the classic movie The Wizard of Oz. Songs such as “Over the Rainbow,” “Get Happy,” “Stormy Weather,” “It's Only a Paper Moon,” “I've Got the World on a String” and “Last Night When ...

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E. Y. Harburg

One of America’s greatest lyricists for stage and screen, Yip Harburg (1896-1981) was the son of poor Russian-Jewish immigrants and attended CCNY. Also a book writer (usually with Fred Saidy), director, and poet, Harburg wrote lyrics for more than 550 songs, including “It’s Only A Paper Moon” (with ...

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Herbert Stothart

Herbert Stothart (1885-1949) was nominated for nine Oscars and won for Best Original Score for his work on the 1939 film of The Wizard of Oz. As a young man he studied music in Europe and at the University of Wisconsin where he also taught. He worked as a musical director for Arthur Hammerstein and later be ...

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