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Theatre / The Wizard of Oz (2011)

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A musical adaptation of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It premiered in the West End in the Spring of 2011, and has since toured in North America on occasion. As of April 2018, it is touring Australia.


The Wizard of Oz provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: Several new songs are added, including ones by Professor Marvel and the Wicked Witch. Dorothy's characterization and unhappiness with life in Kansas is also expanded on.
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  • Adapted Out: Several superfluous characters, such as the gate guardian, are excised. One song from the film, "If I Were King of the Forest", was also removed.
  • Dirty Old Man: A certain trope to be seen below implies Professor Marvel to be this.
  • Embarrassing Slide: During "Wonders of the World," Professor Marvel's slideshow of world landmarks briefly lands on a swimsuit model.
    "That's something from my...private collection."
  • Gender Flip: Some of the Winkies are played by women in the theatre version. In the film, they were all men.
  • "I Want" Song: "Nobody Understands Me," the opening number.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: The musical ends with Dorothy finding the Ruby slippers inside a cupboard, confirming that Oz was Real After All.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In several productions, the witch actually briefly comes out into the audience during the "Surrender Dorothy" scene, even mocking the person seated next to her. Depending on the theatre's seatings, she would appear in either the front row, or (such as at the Adelaide Festival Centre) a balcony seat.
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  • Villain Song: The witch is given a musical number entitled "Red Shoes Blues".

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