Wizard of Oz Backing Tracks – We’re Off To See The Wizard, Follow The Yellow Brick Road, Ding Dong THe Witch Is Dead,
Wizard Of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Widely considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history, it is the best-known and most commercially successful adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s book.
The film was made into a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams in 2011. This musical uses the Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg songs from the film and includes some new songs with music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.
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Based on the book by L. Frank Baum, little Kansas farm girl, Dorothy Gale, and her dog Toto are blown away in a tornado and land in a fairyland named Oz. Here she meets a very unusual cast of characters – the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion, and together they go on a quest to see the Wizard of Oz, each of them seeking what they want most in life. Making their way along the Yellow Brick Road through a series of hair-raising encounters, they arrive at the Emerald City only to be told by the Wizard that they first must kill the Wicked Witch of the West before he will grant their wishes.
They eventually overcome many dangerous challenges and dispose of the witch (although quite by accident), and return only to find that the Wizard is really just a humbug. He craftily addresses everyone’s wish but Dorothy’s, which is to return home to Kansas. So once more Dorothy and her friends set out, this time to find the Good Witch of the South. These last adventures end happily with Dorothy and Toto returning home, thanks to something she had all along.
Orphaned teenager Dorothy Gale lives on a farm in Kansas with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry and dog Toto, but feels misunderstood (“Nobody Understands Me”). The unpleasant Miss Gulch threatens to call the sheriff after Toto bites her leg. Dorothy wants to escape to a nicer place, somewhere (“Over the Rainbow”). She runs away from the farm and meets Professor Marvel, who tells her all about (“The Wonders of the World”). They are interrupted by a twister, and Dorothy runs home for shelter. Inside the farmhouse, she bangs her head on the bedside. The house is blown away by the storm.
Landing in Oz, Dorothy’s house flattens the Wicked Witch of the East. Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, greets Dorothy and tells her where she is. Glinda calls for the Munchkins to (“Come Out”). These little people, overjoyed at the demise of their wicked tormentor, welcome Dorothy and Toto (“Ding Dong the Witch is Dead”; “We Welcome You to Munchkin Land”). Glinda presents Dorothy with the magic ruby slippers that belonged to the dead witch. This enrages the witch’s sister, the Wicked Witch of the West. Glinda tells Dorothy that the Wizard of Oz might be able to help her return home, and how to find him (“Follow the Yellow Brick Road”). Dorothy sets off toward the Emerald City to speak to the great Oz (“You’re Off to See the Wizard”).
On her way, she meets the Scarecrow, who feels inadequate with a head full of only stuffing (“If I Only Had a Brain”). Dorothy invites him to travel with her, hoping the Wizard can help him (“We’re Off to See the Wizard”). They soon meet the Tin Man, who is unhappy with his empty tin chest (“If I Only Had a Heart”) and invite him to join them. The Wicked Witch of the West threatens to light the Scarecrow on fire unless Dorothy gives her the ruby slippers; Dorothy refuses. In the dark forest, they encounter a very unhappy Lion, afraid of his own tail (“If I Only Had the Nerve”). He too joins the group on the road to the Emerald City.
Emerging into the light, the friends encounter another obstacle. The Wicked Witch has cast a spell creating a huge field of poppies that puts Dorothy and the Lion to sleep. Glinda counters with a snowfall that nullifies the poison, so the friends may continue on their journey (“Optimistic Voices”). Arriving at the Emerald City, Dorothy and company persuade the gatekeeper to admit them. They are welcomed with open arms and are groomed in preparation for a meeting with the Wizard (“The Merry Old Land of Oz”). The Wicked Witch flies down into the city with more threats, still angry that she doesn’t have the ruby slippers. The four friends and Toto go into the Wizard’s chamber. The great Oz appears as a frightening, disembodied head and says he will grant the group their wishes if they do something for him first. He demands: (“Bring Me the Broomstick”) of the Wicked Witch of the West.
In a forest on the way to the castle of the Wicked Witch of the West, the group try to figure out how to steal the broomstick (“We Went to See the Wizard”). They hide from a group of the Witch’s Winkies (“March of the Winkies”). Meanwhile, in her castle, the Witch sends her flying monkeys to capture Dorothy and Toto and bring them to the castle (“Red Shoes Blues”). She imprisons Dorothy and tells her to give up the slippers within the hour or die (“Red Shoes Blues” (reprise)). Dorothy wishes more than ever that she was back at home (“Over the Rainbow” (reprise)). The Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion consider how to rescue her from the Witch’s castle (“If We Only Had a Plan”). They disguise themselves as Winkies and sneak into the castle (“March of the Winkies” (reprise)). They find the Witch and Dorothy. When the Witch tries to attack the Scarecrow, a Winkie hands Dorothy a bucket of water, which she throws over the Witch, melting her. The Winkies are thrilled to be free of the wicked witch (“Hail – Hail! The Witch is Dead”).
Dorothy and her friends return with the broomstick to see the Wizard. Toto reveals that the Wizard’s fearsome visage is an illusion; he is just an ordinary man. Still, he gives the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion tokens of the brains, heart and courage that they already had inside of them. He tells Dorothy that he himself will take her to Kansas in his hot air balloon, appointing the Scarecrow as prime minister of Oz, with the Tin Man and Lion as other ministers (“You Went to See the Wizard”). Just before the balloon flies off, Toto runs into the crowd, and Dorothy retrieves him, missing her ride; she is seemingly stranded in Oz. Glinda appears to tell her that she and Toto had the power to return home all along (“Already Home”). After saying goodbye to her friends, Dorothy clicks her heels together three times, chanting (“There’s No Place Like Home”).
Back in Kansas, Aunt Em and Uncle Henry tell Dorothy that she hit her head and had been unconscious for days. Dorothy insists her adventure in Oz was real, not a dream, but she is very grateful to be home. As Aunt Em and Uncle Henry leave her alone in her bedroom to rest, a gust of wind blows open her cupboard door, revealing the ruby slippers.
Wizard of Oz The Musical Songs:
- “Overture” – Orchestra and Ensemble
- “Nobody Understands Me”* – Dorothy, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, Hunk, Hickory, Zeke and Miss Gulch
- “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Dorothy
- “The Wonders of the World”* – Professor Marvel
- “The Twister” – Orchestra
- Munchkinland Sequence: “Come Out, Come Out”/”Ding! Dong! The Witch is Dead”/”We Welcome You to Munchkinland” – Glinda, Dorothy and Munchkins
- “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” – Dorothy, Glinda the Good Witch of the North and Munchkins
- “If I Only Had a Brain”/”We’re Off to See the Wizard” – Scarecrow and Dorothy
- “If I Only Had a Heart”/”We’re Off to See the Wizard (Reprise 1)” – Tin Man, Scarecrow and Dorothy
- “If I Only Had the Nerve”/”We’re Off to See the Wizard (Reprise 2)” – Lion, Tim Man, Scarecrow and Dorothy
- “Optimistic Voices” – Dorothy, Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Ensemble
- “The Merry Old Land of Oz” – Company
- “Bring Me the Broomstick”* – The Wizard, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion
- Act II
- Entr’acte – Orchestra
- “Haunted Forest (We Went to See the Wizard)”** – Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion
- “March of the Winkies” – Ensemble
- “Red Shoes Blues”* – The Wicked Witch Of The West and Winkies
- “Bacchanalia”*** – Orchestra
- “Red Shoes Blues (Reprise”* – The Wicked Witch Of The West
- “Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Reprise)”** – The Wicked Witch Of The West and Dorothy
- “If We Only Had a Plan”** – Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow
- “March of the Winkies (Reprise)” – Ensemble, Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion
- “Hail – Hail! The Witch is Dead!” – Ensemble
- “You Went to See the Wizard”** / “Farewell to Oz”* – The Wizard
- “Already Home”* – Glinda, Dorothy and Ensemble
- Finale – Dorothy and Company