The Wizard of Oz

Definition

Theater

  • A fantasy by Frank L. Baum (1856 - 1919), which first appearedon the stage in 1902. Baum wrote the original book, The WonderfulWizard of Oz, in 1900 and turned it into a musical play two yearslater. The story tells of young Dorothy, who is blown by a cyclonefrom her Kansas farm to the strange land of Oz, where she meets theTin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. Other stage versionsfollowed, including the 1975 Broadway musical, The Wiz, whichfeatured an all-Black cast and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls.The famous film starring Judy Garland was released in 1939.
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