We’re off to see the Wizard…

This past weekend my daughter and I took in a performance of The Wizard of Oz at the Paramount.  It’s one of my daughter’s favorite films as well as mine.  We sat down and got ready to enjoy some of our favorite songs like “Over the Rainbow” and “If I Only Had a Brain”.  The show began and I was thrilled to see beautiful costumes, sets… and the actors were great singers… but the songs were different… in fact none of the songs from the film were in the play.  Wait a minute… the play!  We were all expecting the film.

39 years before the movie was made and fifteen years before the Paramount was built,  L. Frank Baum published a book in 1900 called The Wizard of Oz.  Eventually he published 14 books about this fantasy land called Oz, but none are as famous as The Wizard of Oz considered the first original American fairy tale.

The power of Hollywood is amazing because many of us tend to forget there was a book before the film.  Our little musical play was, just like the movie, an adaptation of the novel but not an adaptation of the film.

After the delightful presentation I asked my daughter what she thought.  “It was great.”  I asked about the film – was it better?  “No.  Just different.  But I liked it.”

L. Frank Baum’s book inspired countless sequels and imitations as well as the classic American musical film of 1939 starring Judy Garland.  The movie is actually different from the book.  Did you know that several characters in the movie are not in the book? The differences are not huge but one thing is for sure – the music from the film is not in the book! Which got me to thinking…

Tonight my daughter and I finished the first four of the 24 chapters.  Before she fell asleep she asked me, “Are there really good and bad witches?”  Funny, she never asked me that after watching the film…



4 responses to “We’re off to see the Wizard…

  1. I loved the show, but I did miss the music. Your blog makes me want to read the book.

  2. What I really want to know is what your daughter wore to the performance. She is one well-dressed little girl and her daddies have such great taste!

  3. We actually attended a birthday party before the show for Dixie Chick Martie Maquire’s twin girls. It was a princess theme so my daughter came as Belle from Beauty and the Beast. We had lots of fun.

  4. did they have to have a song that used the word Dumb?

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