The Wizard of Oz (MUNY)

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Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.
There are two versions of THE WIZARD OF OZ — the MUNY version (this version) and the R.S.C. version. Both include the songs Over The Rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead), If I Only Had A Brain, If I Only Had A Heart, If I Only Had 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 has Evening Star. The RSC version also includes Poppies (Optimistic Voices) and If I Were King Of The Forest.
The MUNY version is the more theatrically conservative and employs its stage, actors, singers, dancers and musicians in traditional ways to tell Mr. Baum’s story. The story and the music are treated by the adaptors as elements of a classic stage musical without reference to their use in the film.

The RSC version is a more technically complex production and uses as much of the aura of the film as is possible in a modern theatre. It is an adaption for live stage performance, even while it strives to look and sound just like the famous film, in telling the story. There is more work for the SATB chorus and small vocal ensembles in the music material for the R.S.C. version.

Put a smile on everyone’s face with THE WIZARD OF OZ!

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

  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
  • By L. Frank Baum
    Adapted by Frank Gabrielson
    With Music and Lyrics of the MGM motion pictures score by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
    Background Music by Herbert Stothart

  • 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

    1 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)

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book
    28     Prompt Books for Dialogue Parts
    34     Chorus-Vocal Parts
    1       Piano Rehearsal CD

    Optional Additional Materials

    1       Rehearsal CD

  • Principals

    (3 female; 6 male)

    Dorothy
    The Good Witch, Sorcerer of the North
    Gloria

    Mayor of the Munchkins
    The Scarecrow
    The Tin Woodman
    The Cowardly Lion
    Munchkin Barrister
    Munchkin Coroner

    Supporting

    Aunt Em
    Farmhand
    Uncle Henry
    A Munchkin Farmer
    The Wicked Witch of the West
    The Wizard of Oz
    Visiting Witch No. 1
    Visiting Witch No. 2
    Tibia
    Servant
    Ozmas

    SATB Chorus

    Private
    Foremost General
    23 Other Generals
    Oz Lady
    Lord Growlie
    Girls

    Farmhands, Munchkins, Citizens of Oz

    [No original cast size from the Municipal Theatre of St. Louis available yet]

  • 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.