In this extraordinarily faithful stage version of the second Oz book, the only major deletions were things unperformable on stage (The Jackdaw's nest and the Gryphon/Sawhorse chase) and an ... See full summary »
In this extraordinarily faithful stage version of the second Oz book, the only major deletions were things unperformable on stage (The Jackdaw's nest and the Gryphon/Sawhorse chase) and an increase in the role of Jellia Jamb, who remains in the Emerald City in the novel. Tip is forced to live with a horrible witch Mombi, and decides one day to scare her with a Pumpkinhead man. Originally intending to smash it, she decides to test the powder of life she has obtained from Dr. Nikidik, which works. Forbidden to kill the boy, she plans to transform him into a marble statue the following morning. Taking the Pumpkinhead, Tip escapes during the night and meets General Jinjur and her all-woman army intent on conquering the Emerald City. Mombi agrees to help Jinjur, while Tip escapes the Emerald City with the Scarecrow to obtain the help of the Tin Woodman. Tip eventually learns the importance of his Emerald ring, and that he is the key to Restoration Oz. Written by
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I saw this live stage production on HBO when I was quite young and was thrilled to finally get my hands on a VHS copy a few years ago. If you are an Oz fanatic like I am, this is a MUST SEE! If you are also a musical theater fanatic, this is a MUST SEE! I only wish I knew who controlled the performance rights to this wonderful work. The children's theater company who produced this stage version, captures the magic of the Land of Oz perfectly in costumes, make-up, and settings. The script and music are both well-written and the feature is very enjoyable for both children and adults alike! If you can get your hands on a copy of this, you will not be disappointed!
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