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"Oz" Musical by L. Frank Baum Show (it's NOT "Wicked")

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The New American Folk Theatre will present the world premiere musical, "The Marvelous Land of Oz," featuring music, book and direction by Anthony Whitaker and choreography by Jamal Howard. The show, running May 10 - June 2 at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee, is based on the children's novel of the same name by L. Frank Baum, the man behind "The Wizard of Oz."

Written in Humbolt Park in Chicago in 1905, "The Marvelous Land of Oz" follows a young boy named Tip on his journey to find Ozma, the lost Princess of Oz. After escaping from Mombi, a witch who has held him captive since birth, he is joined by Jack Pumpkinhead, a talking Saw-Horse and old favorites, the Scarecrow and Tin Man. Along the way, Tip meets General Jinjur and her all-girl Army of Revolt, who take over the Emerald City and remove the Scarecrow from his throne. Magic spells and strange characters are all part of this tale of true identity and self-worth from Baum's beloved Oz series.

According to Whitaker, this Oz book was adapted as a stage production that premiered at Chicago's Garrick Theatre and "was later produced as a short silent film as part of L. Frank Baum's Fairylogue and Radio Plays -- an early 'multi-media' traveling production produced by Chicago's Selig-Polyscope film studio, utilizing live actors, glass slides, hand-colored silent film and even Baum, himself, as the narrator."

New American Folk Theatre's original adaptation of the book, devised for family audiences. aims to bring the experience of the Fairylogue and Radio Plays back to life, and will employ various puppetry styles, including shadowplay, along with live actors.

To purchase tickets, visit newamericanfolktheatre.org or landofoz.brownpapertickets.com.


The New American Folk Theatre will present the world premiere musical, "The Marvelous Land of Oz," featuring music, book and direction by Anthony Whitaker and choreography by Jamal Howard. The show, running May 10 - June 2 at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee, is based on the children's novel of the same name by L. Frank Baum, the man behind "The Wizard of Oz."

Written in Humbolt Park in Chicago in 1905, "The Marvelous Land of Oz" follows a young boy named Tip on his journey to find Ozma, the lost Princess of Oz. After escaping from Mombi, a witch who has held him captive since birth, he is joined by Jack Pumpkinhead, a talking Saw-Horse and old favorites, the Scarecrow and Tin Man. Along the way, Tip meets General Jinjur and her all-girl Army of Revolt, who take over the Emerald City and remove the Scarecrow from his throne. Magic spells and strange characters are all part of this tale of true identity and self-worth from Baum's beloved Oz series.

According to Whitaker, this Oz book was adapted as a stage production that premiered at Chicago's Garrick Theatre and "was later produced as a short silent film as part of L. Frank Baum's Fairylogue and Radio Plays -- an early 'multi-media' traveling production produced by Chicago's Selig-Polyscope film studio, utilizing live actors, glass slides, hand-colored silent film and even Baum, himself, as the narrator."

New American Folk Theatre's original adaptation of the book, devised for family audiences. aims to bring the experience of the Fairylogue and Radio Plays back to life, and will employ various puppetry styles, including shadowplay, along with live actors.

To purchase tickets, visit newamericanfolktheatre.org or landofoz.brownpapertickets.com.

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