Based on the book and the History and Lore L. Frank Baum with a few Songs from the 1903 Musical.
Adapted by Mike Gershowitz and Dave Howell.
Music and Lyrics by Dave Howell, Philip Peterson
Additional Music and Lyrics by L.Frank Baum, Paul Tietjen, M. G. L.
Arangements and Orchestrations by Phillip Peterson.
Co-Producer and Marketing and publicist for Oz Michael Montgomery.
This brand new production of America's favorite American Classic story is brought to you by a Award winning NYC Director and Writer, based on the original book of the Wonderful Wizard of oz, and the backstories of the character's that Dorothy and Toto are introduced to.
Baum's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' was written almost 120 years ago, and the story is unquestionably rooted in its era. It is not a 'timeless' story, but it is one that continues to fascinate and resonate with audiences today. This script's intent is to reconnect audiences with the literary source material, rather than re-interpreting somebody Elise's retelling of the story.
To keep the theatrical components consistent with the tone of the original text, this version will draw primarily from the earth 20th century of Broadway tradition.
Any new version of the Wizard of Oz must contend with the problem of most, but not all, of the audience being already quite familiar with the plot, or at least thinking they are, because they've seen The Movie. Restoring more of the original journey (and the accompanying adventures), and providing character back stories to flesh out well known and -loved characters like the Tin Woodsman and the Scarecrow.