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The Wizard Of Oz
There are two musicals titled The Wizard of Oz. The first musical was produced in 1902 and is based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, written in 1900. The second musical was produced in 2011 based on the 1939 movie of the same name. The movie was based on the same novel.
Glen MacDonough worked as the joke writer once Baum finished the script. Paul Tietjens gave the music, though it was mostly talked about only when MGM made the musical feature film in 1939. The original 1902 musical premiered at the Chicago Grand Opera House before being presented on Broadway in January 1903. This version was a three-act musical with many changes to the plot.
Two production companies worked on the musical, though one was disbanded, and a new production company was created. The Wizard of Oz musical continued to perform until February 1909. This version was revived in 1982 by the New Amsterdam Theatre Company, in 1998 by the New Amsterdam Theatre Company, and in 2003 by the Canton Comic Opera Company.
The Wizard of Oz (2011) Background Information
The 2011 version of The Wizard of Oz musical has a book by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams. It uses the same musical numbers from the 1939 movie, with a few fresh songs by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.
The musical premiered at the West End in March 2011, with Danielle Hope playing Dorothy Gale, the lead character. Sophie Evans started by playing Dorothy for one performance per week before she took over full-time in 2012. Jeremy Sams was the director, Arlene Phillips choreographed the musical, and Robert Jones handled the costumes and set.
The Wizard of Oz musical entered Canada (Toronto) in 2012 and went on a US tour in 2013. The Australian tour was in 2017. The London revival was planned for 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was supposed to be produced at Christmas in 2021 but was postponed for another year to open in 2022 and run until September 2023.
This version is limited to two acts and has thirteen musical numbers in each. A cast album was recorded and released in 2011. Though the initial reviews were mixed, the critics couldn’t stop praising Robert Jones for his genius and creativity in designing the set and costumes.