The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum’s classic 1900 children’s novel, has received many iterations on stage. L. Frank Baum himself created the first adaptation, a musical extravaganza that drew from theatre, operetta, and vaudeville. This production is only loosely based on the events of the novel. It was immensely successful, playing on Broadway and touring the United States for seven years. In 1945, a new adaptation of the story was produced at the MUNY. This production stuck closer to its source material, with a few changes, and used most of the 1939 film’s successful song list.
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