The Wizard of Oz (MUNY Version)

Print

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.

Music samples provided courtesy of Hallmark Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Materials
  • Cast
  • History
  • Musical Numbers
  • Upcoming
  • Act I

    A teenage girl, Dorothy, lives on a farm in dreary Kansas with her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em dreaming of faraway places (“Over The Rainbow”). One day the farmhouse, with Dorothy inside, is swept off by a tornado to Munchkin land in the Land of Oz. The falling house kills the cruel ruler of the Munchkins, the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins and the Sorceress of the North greet Dorothy (“Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” and “Munchkin Land”). The Sorceress tells Dorothy that she will have to go to the Emerald City to ask the great Wizard of Oz to help her return home. The Wicked Witch of the West, sister of the late Wicked Witch of the East, vows revenge upon Dorothy.

    Dorothy meets the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman. The Scarecrow wants to get a brain, and the Tin Woodman needs a heart (“If I Only Had a Brain”/”If I Only Had a Heart”). Dorothy suggests that the Wizard can help them too (“We’re Off to See the Wizard”). They then meet the Cowardly Lion (“If I Only Had the Nerve”). The four friends travel down the yellow brick road, having been warned of the lions, tigers, bears and the fantastical jitterbugs who are controlled by the Wicked Witch. When the jitterbugs attack, Dorothy appeals to the Sorceress of the North, who freezes the jitterbugs (“The Jitterbug”).

    Act II

    In the Emerald City, the Royal Army of Oz (which consists of many generals and just one private) practices maneuvers. Dorothy and her friends arrive and meet Lord Growlie, his daughter Gloria, and the Royal Army. Lord Growlie warns them of the Great Wizard’s power and temper. Gloria leads the friends on a tour (“The Merry Old Land of Oz”) and several Ozian girls ask Dorothy to sing about love (“Evening Star”). Finally, the friends meet the Wizard, who declares that he will only help them after they kill the Wicked Witch of the West. The four friends set off for the witch’s castle. With the aid of her skeletal assistant, Tibia, the witch eventually captures Dorothy, and her friends rush to try to rescue her, disguising themselves as ghosts. The witch, unfazed, intends to shrink Dorothy and her friends with a magic potion in her cauldron. When the Witch threatens the Scarecrow with fire, Dorothy pushes the her into the cauldron, shrinking her away to nothing (“Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” – Reprise).

    The friends return to the Emerald City, but the Wizard turns out to be an ordinary old man who had journeyed to Oz from Omaha long ago. Despite his lack of magical powers, the Wizard provides the companions with symbolic gifts: a diploma for the Scarecrow, a pocket watch for the Tin Woodman, and a medal of courage for the Cowardly Lion. To help Dorothy return home, the Wizard personally escorts her in his new rocket ship. As Dorothy and the Wizard fly off to Kansas, the entire company sings a reprise of “Over The Rainbow.”

  • THE WIZARD OF OZ
    By L. Frank Baum
    Adapted by Frank Gabrielson
    With Music and Lyrics of the MGM motion picture score
    by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
    Background Music by Herbert Stothart

    Such credits to the authors for all purposes shall be in type size equal to or greater than that of any other credits except for that of the star(s) above the title. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.

    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

    THE WIZARD OF OZ
    is presented by arrangement with
    Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company
    www.tamswitmark.com

    Additionally, you agree to include the above language hyperlinked to https://tamswitmark.com/ on all websites on which you promote the play.

  • Full Orchestration

    2 Violin I
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Flute (doubles Piccolo)
    1 Oboe
    1 Clarinet I
    1 Clarinet II
    1 Bassoon

    2 Horns I & II
    1 Trumpet I
    1 Trumpet II
    1 Trombone

    1 Percussion:
    Timpani (3 Drums)
    Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
    Bass Drum
    Tom Tom
    Suspended Cymbal
    Hi-Hat Cymbals (Optional)
    Glockenspiel
    Chimes
    Horse Hoof Sound
    Cuckoo Sound (clock effect)
    Wood Block
    Triangle
    Metal Snapper

    Piano (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

    Optional Additional Materials

    1       Digital Download of Piano Rehearsal Tracks

  • Principals

    (4 female; 4 male; 3 any gender)

    Dorothy
    The Good Witch, Sorceress of the North
    Gloria
    The Wicked Witch of the West*

    The Scarecrow
    The Tin Woodman
    The Cowardly Lion
    The Wizard of Oz*

    Munchkin Mayor
    Munchkin Barrister
    Munchkin Coroner

    *non-singing

    Supporting

    Aunt Em
    Uncle Henry
    Farmhand
    A Munchkin Farmer
    Visiting Witch No. 1
    Visiting Witch No. 2
    Tibia
    Servant
    Ozmas
    Lord Growlie

    SATB Chorus

    Private
    Foremost General
    23 Other Generals
    Oz Lady
    Girls

    Farmhands, Munchkins, Citizens of Oz

  • Created for the Municipal Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri (the Muny) in 1942 and revived there several times, this is the very first stage adaptation following the 1939 release of the famous MGM movie of THE WIZARD OF OZ. The first Muny production featured Evelyn Wycoff as Dorothy and Al Downing as the Munchkin Mayor.

  • Act I

    1. Overture – Orchestra
    2a. “Over The Rainbow” – Dorothy
    2b. “Over The Rainbow” – Chorus of Farmhands
    3. Cyclone – Orchestra
    4. Scene Change: Over The Rainbow – Orchestra
    5. Cuckoo – Percussion
    6. Sorceress Of The North – Orchestra
    7. “Munchkinland” – Dorothy, Good Witch, & Munchkins
    8. Exit: Sorceress Of The North – Orchestra
    9. Wicked Witch Music – Orchestra
    10. “If I Only Had A Brain” – Scarecrow
    10a. Dance: If I Only Had A Brain – Orchestra
    11. Wicked Witch Music – Orchestra
    12. “If I Only Had A Heart” – Tin Man
    13. “We’re Off To See The Wizard” – Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, & Munchkins
    14. “We’re Off To See The Wizard” – Dorothy, Tin Man, & Scarecrow
    15. “If I Only Had The Nerve” – Lion
    16. “We’re Off To See The Wizard” – Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, & Lion
    17. “Jitterbug” – Dorothy, with Tin Man, Scarecrow, & Lion
    17a. Jitterbug (Dance) – Orchestra
    18. Entrance: Sorceress Of The North – Orchestra
    19. Reprise: Jitterbug Dance – Orchestra
    19a. Ballet – Orchestra
    20. “We’re Off To See The Wizard” – Sorceress, Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, & Lion

    Act II

    21. March: Changing Of The Guard – Orchestra
    22. March – Orchestra
    23. Finger Snap – Percussion
    24. “The Merry Old Land Of Oz” – Gloria
    24a. Funeral March Of A Marionette – Orchestra
    25. “Evening Star” – Dorothy, optionally with Gloria & Girls
    26. Entrance: Wizard – Orchestra
    27. Exit: Wizard – Orchestra
    28. Wicked Witch Music – Orchestra
    29. Ghost Dance – Orchestra
    30. “Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead” – Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, & Lion
    31. Reprise: “Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead” – Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, & Lion
    32. Scene Change: Ballet – Orchestra
    33. Entrance: Wizard – Orchestra
    34. Finale: “Over The Rainbow” – Ensemble of Dorothy, Principals, & Chorus

  • Find upcoming performances near you.

    Search for performances near you
    Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance
    Spain Park High School Birmingham, AL 04/16/2020 04/20/2020
    Wesleyan School Norcross, GA 04/30/2020 05/02/2020
    Blaine High School Blaine, MN 05/01/2020 05/03/2020
    Next Stop Broadway Pompano Beach, FL 05/14/2020 05/14/2020
    Rainbow Stage, Inc. Winnipeg, MB 08/14/2020 08/29/2020