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Wizard of Oz (Mueller), The - Full Length Musical

Wizard of Oz (Mueller), The

Don A. Mueller, L. Frank Baum

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Full Length Musical

10m, 6f

ISBN: 9780874404890

Book, Lyrics, and Music by Don A. Mueller
This musical account of L. Frank Baum's classic story contains all the loving ingredients for popular family audience appeal: an engaging plot, delightful characters, breath-taking action, uproarious comedy and charming music. Further, it is an easy to produce full-length with simplifications of the…

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Description

Full Length Musical

105 Minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - A barn interior, then Oz.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Fantasy Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TAGS

Friendship

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Church / Religious Groups

This musical account of L. Frank Baum's classic story contains all the loving ingredients for popular family audience appeal: an engaging plot, delightful characters, breath-taking action, uproarious comedy and charming music. This versitile script can be performed either by an all-adult cast or by a cast that is half children. The children play stage hands, unseen by the cast, but visible to the audience. They move the slippers, a broom, a haystack, and other set pieces. All the time smiling, tip-toing, shhing each other, and generally having a good time. The tunes are both catchy and memorable, and your audience will leave singing or humming one of them. Further, it is an easy-to-produce, full-length musical with simplifications of the already minimal sets. Dorothy's familiar journey from Kansas to Oz is highlighted by her meetings with all the beloved characters: the Munchkins, Glinda the Good Witch, the Wicked Witch, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion.

The charm of this adaptation is its inventiveness: the ruby slippers have a distinct personality, and Dorothy places importance on the meaning of the heart as well as intelligence. This rich and rewarding musical speaks eloquently of hopes, dreams, and friendship.

Characters

CASTING

10m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting, Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

Roles suitable for youth are the mayor and his wife, Tony and Joanie, Hunch and Crunch, and Betty.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Easy

18  piano/Conductor's Score

No chorus books available

Author(s)

Don A. Mueller

When a fellow pastor made a suggestion to Rev. Don A. Mueller, then serving a small methodist church in Oakland, CA, Mueller liked the suggestion; Instead of seven dusty sermons on the last words of Jesus from the cross, what about seven playlets. Each reflection one of the sayings of Jesus. Mueller began to write, thus was born not only "Eyes Upon the Cross" but Muellers career as a playwrite ... view full profile

L. Frank Baum

Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works, including 83 short stories, over 200 poems, and 55 novels. Baum made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. His writings remarkably anticipated ... view full profile

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Reviews
Leslie Fernandes 6/24/2014 9:30 PM
I apologize to the author, but this script was terrible. I was looking for the more traditional story, yes, but this adaptation was just too wild. Dorothy and a tutu, the 3 wishes from the slippers, a Weight Watchers reference and a rowboat? Maybe it was just not what I was looking for, but I would have a hard time thinking the audience would be receptive to such a drastic change in a classic story.

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