Play the Songs
- "The Wizard Of Oz" (R.S.C.) Overture
- Over The Rainbow
- The Twister
- If I Only Had A Brain
- If I Only Had A Heart
- If I Only Had The Nerve
- Finale Act One
- The Merry Old Land Of Oz
- If I Were King Of The Forest
- The Jitterbug
- Winkies March
- Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead
- Finale Act Two
This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations.
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 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.
The MUNY version is 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, the MUNY version employs story and songs as elements of a classic stage musical. The MUNY 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.
Music samples provided courtesy of Jay Records and Sony/ATV
Production Photos courtesy of Community Theatre of Greensboro
Authorized performance and rehearsal tracks for THE WIZARD OF OZ (R.S.C. 1987) are available from The MT Pit. For more information, visit themtpit.com.
- Musical Numbers
Dorothy Gale, a young girl living on a Kansas farm with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, dreams of escaping her mundane life (“Over The Rainbow“). The family’s mean neighbor, Miss Gulch, threatens to impound Dorothy’s cherished dog, Toto, so Dorothy and Toto run away. They meet up with kindly Professor Marvel, who subtly convinces Dorothy to return home. Suddenly a cyclone hits, and Dorothy and Toto, seeking shelter in the house, are transported to the Land of Oz.
In Oz, Dorothy meets Glinda, the Good Witch of the North (who has an uncanny resemblance to Aunt Em). Apparently, Dorothy’s house has landed upon – and fatally stricken – the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins, now freed from the Wicked Witch of the East, celebrate and hail Dorothy as their new heroine (“Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead/Munchkin Musical Sequence”). The celebration is interrupted as the Wicked Witch of the West suddenly appears, seeking vengeance. Unable to reclaim her sister’s shoes, which are now on Dorothy’s feet, the Witch vows to return and disappears in a cloud of smoke. Dorothy, seeking a way back home to Kansas, sets off to see the Wizard of Oz (“Follow the Yellow Brick Road”).
Along the way, Dorothy meets three new friends, each of whom lacks a crucial characteristic: The Scarecrow (“If I Only Had A Brain”) The Tinman (“If I Only Had A Heart”) and the Lion (“If I Only Had The Nerve”). Together, the four new companions make their way towards Oz (“We’re Off To See The Wizard”). The Witch attempts to sedate the travelers with a poisonous field of poppies, but Glinda reverses the spell with healing snowflakes (“Poppies/Optimistic Voices”).
The travelers, arriving at the Emerald City, are delayed by a stubborn Gatekeeper, but Dorothy’s tears convince him to relent and let them in (“Merry Old Land Of Oz”). As the group awaits its audience with the Wizard, the Lion boasts he is “King Of The Forest.” Finally, they meet the imposing and irritable Wizard, who demands the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West.
The four friends travel deep into the haunted forest. Suddenly, they encounter jitterbugs, who make them dance until they collapse from exhaustion (“Jitterbug”). The Wicked Witch’s flying monkeys swoop down, capturing Dorothy and Toto. At the castle, the Witch vows to take Dorothy’s life. Meanwhile, the Lion, Scarecrow, and Tinman infiltrate the castle disguised as Winkie guards. The foursome and Toto are reunited, but the Wicked Witch interferes, threatening the Scarecrow with fire. Dorothy, dousing the flames with a bucket of water, accidentally strikes the Witch, who smolders and melts into nothing (“Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead – Reprise”). The four friends, triumphant, take the Witch’s broom back to the Wizard.
The Wizard remains imperious and imposing, but Toto pulls aside a curtain to reveal a meek and ordinary man speaking into a microphone. The Wizard, revealed to be a “humbug,” nonetheless grants each traveler’s request, giving the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Lion each a token of his newly-acquired ability. The Wizard offers to take Dorothy back to Kansas in his hot-air balloon, but the balloon accidentally takes off, and Dorothy is left alone and crestfallen. Glinda appears and explains that Dorothy has always had the power to return home. All she has to do is close her eyes, tap her heels together three times, and repeat to herself, “There’s no place like home.”
Back in Kansas, Dorothy awakens, confused, with a bump on her head. Reunited with all her loved ones, and relieved to learn the storm has left Miss Gulch incapacitated by a broken leg, Dorothy shares the tale of her miraculous journey, celebrating the joy and healing power of home.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics
by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard
Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by
Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by
Except for the credits for John Kane, Peter Howard and Larry Wilcox, the above credits for all purposes shall be in type size equal to that of any other credits except for those of the star of the show. The credits for John Kane, Peter Howard and Larry Wilcox shall at all times be in a type size two thirds of the size of the credit afforded to the other authors of the play as set forth above. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof. No name of any person or company except the Licensee, principal sponsors and/or the star(s) of the Licensee’s production shall appear above the title or above the foregoing credits to the authors. The name of Herbert Stothart must be included in the authors’ credits.
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
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NOTE: Authorized performance and rehearsal tracks for THE WIZARD OF OZ (R.S.C. 1987) are available from The MT Pit. For more information, visit themtpit.com.
2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Flute, Piccolo and Recorder
1 Oboe and English Horn
1 Reed I – Alto Sax, Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
1 Reed II – Tenor Sax, Flute & Clarinet
1 Reed III – Baritone Sax, Flute & Clarinet
2 Horn I & II
2 Trumpet I & II
1 Trombone (doubles Tuba for #22 only)
1 Piano, Celeste & Synthesizer
(Keyboard Synthesizer with registration for Honky-tonk Piano, Vibraphone, Strings, Celeste, Harpsichord, and Contrabass Clarinet.)
2 Percussion I & II
Timpani (2 Pedal Drums), Bells, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Chimes, Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum/Cymbals Combo, Triangle, Tambourine, Ratchet, Spook Noises – ad lib. (or low Timp.), Siren, Temple Blocks (2 pitches), Mark Tree, Whistle, Anvil, Klaxon Horn, Gong, Steel SFX, Steel Drum (various pitches) and Metalic Objects (or Steel Drum ad lib.).
Trap Drum Set:
Snare Drum (brushes & sticks), Bass Drum, Tom Tom (2 pitches), Wood Block (2 pitches), Cow Bell (3 pitches), Triangle, Tam Tam, Spook Noises-ad lib., Cymbals-Hi-Hat, suspended, crash & ride, Metalic Objects (opt: various Cow Bells), Hollow Cylinder (opt: low pitch Cow Bell) and Chimes (Bb Eb F).
Piano-Conductor’s Score & Rehearsal Piano Score sent with Rehearsal Material
Optional additional materials are available
See list under Rehearsal Materials.
2 Piano/Conductor Scores
20 Libretto/Vocal Books
Optional Additional Materials
1 Keyboard Synthesizer part as substitute for the upper Strings (Violin I, Violin II, Viola and Cello). Requires rental of the full orchestration.
1 Full Score (Partitur) in 2 volumes is available, at an additional charge, with the rental of the full orchestration. [SAMPLE]
NOTE: Authorized performance and rehearsal tracks for THE WIZARD OF OZ (R.S.C. 1987) are available from The MT Pit. For more information, visit themtpit.com.
(3 female; 5 male)
Glinda (doubles as Aunt Em/Emily Gale)
Wicked Witch of the West (doubles as Miss Gulch)*
Scarecrow (doubles as Hunk — a farmhand)
Tinman (doubles as Hickory — a farmhand)
Lion (doubles as Zeke — a farmhand)
The Wizard of Oz (doubles as Professor Chester Marvel)*
Emerald City Guard (doubles as Uncle Henry/Henry Gale)
From the Chorus
Three Crows — male trio
Three Trees — female trio
Three Munchkin Tots
Three Tough Munchkin Kids
Nikko — commander of monkeys
Popikins, Beauticians, Manicurists and Offstage Voices with the Orchestra — girls
Snowmen, Polishers and Winkies — boys
This stage version of THE WIZARD OF OZ was first presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Centre in London in 1987. Featuring book adaptations by John Kane, this RSC Version follows the famous motion picture even more closely than its predecessor.
1. Opening – Orchestra with Girls’ Chorus
2. Trouble In School / Dorothy’s Entrance – Orchestra
3. Scene Change: More Trouble – Orchestra
4. “Over the Rainbow” – Dorothy
5. Scene Change: Miss Gulch – Orchestra
6. Incidental / Scene Change – Orchestra
7. The Cyclone – Orchestra
8. Incidental: Munchkinland – Orchestra with Girls’ Chorus
9. Incidental: I Am Not A Witch – Orchestra
10. Munchkin Sequence / “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead” – Glinda, Dorothy & Munchkins
11. Incidental: Witch Appears! – Orchestra
11a. Incidental: Orchestra
11b. Incidental: Slippers! – Orchestra
11c. Incidental – Orchestra
11d. Incidental: Witch Disappears – Orchestra
12. Leaving Munchkinland / Underscore – Orchestra
13. “Yellow Brick Road” – Munchkins
14. Scarecrow Fall – Orchestra
15. “If I Only Had a Brain” – Scarecrow, Dorothy, & Crows
16. “We’re Off to See the Wizard” — Duet – Dorothy & Scarecrow
17. Apple Throwing – Orchestra
18. Tinman & Trees / “If I Only Had a Heart” – Tinman, Dorothy, & Trees
19. Witch On Roof – Orchestra
20. “We’re Off to See the Wizard”– Dorothy, Tinman, & Scarecrow
21. “Lions, Tigers and Bears” – Dorothy, Tinman, & Scarecrow
22. “If I Only Had the Nerve” – Lion with Dorothy, Tinman, & Scarecrow
23. “We’re Off to See the Wizard” – Dorothy, Tinman, Scarecrow, & Lion
24. Poppies! – Glinda, Dorothy, Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion, & Chorus
25. Entr’acte (Part One) – Orchestra
25a. Entr’acte (Part Two) & “Optimistic Voices” – Orchestra with Girls’ Chorus
26. Guard Entrance – Orchestra
27. “The Merry Old Land of Oz” – Dorothy, Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion, Guard, & Ozians
28. Reprise: “The Merry Old Land of Oz” – Dorothy, Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion, Guard, & Ozians
29. Guard Exit – Orchestra
30. “If I Were King of the Forest” – Lion with Dorothy, Tinman, & Scarecrow
30a. Guard Entrance – Orchestra
30b. Guard Exit – Orchestra
31. At the Great Door to the Wizard’s Chamber – Orchestra
31a. Magic Smoke Chords – Orchestra
32. Lion’s Running Exit – Orchestra
33. Guard Entrance – Orchestra
34. “March of the Winkies” – Winkies
34a. Winkies Exit – Winkies
34b. Monkeys Exit – Orchestra
35. The Haunted Forest – Orchestra
36. “Jitterbug” – Dorothy, Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion, & Jitterbugs
37. Reprise: “Jitterbug” – Jitterbugs
38. Scene Change: The Witch’s Castle – Orchestra
39. Incidental: Toto’s Escape – Orchestra
40. Incidental: Hour Glass – Orchestra
40a. Reprise: “Winkies March” – Winkies
41. “Winkies March” / Reprise: “Over the Rainbow” – Dorothy, Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion, & Winkies
42. Incidental: Witch Returns – Orchestra
42a. Witchmelt – Orchestra
43. Reprise: “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead!” – Winkies
44. Magic Smoke Chords (optional number) – Orchestra
45. Graduation Exercise (Scarecrow) – Orchestra
45a. Graduation Exercise (Lion) – Orchestra
45b. Graduation Exercise (Tinman) – Orchestra
45c. Incidental: March – Orchestra
45d. Balloon Descent – Orchestra
46. Balloon Ascension No. 1 – Orchestra
46a. Scene Change: Incidental – Orchestra
46b. Balloon Ascension No. 2 – Orchestra
47. Scene Change: Incidental – Orchestra
48. Underscore: Incidental – Orchestra
49. Finale Act Two – Orchestra
50. Bows and Playout Music – Orchestra
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