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The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True (1995)

This production consists an abbreviated script and highlights most musical numbers from the 1939 film.

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Professor Marvel / The Gatekeeper / The Carriage Driver / The Palace Guard / The Wizard of Oz
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Dorothy (as Jewel)
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This production consists an abbreviated script and highlights most musical numbers from the 1939 film.

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The Wicked Witch's meltdown scene is followed by is followed by the musical number "Hail! Hail! The Witch is Dead" which was also cut from the original film. See more »

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Overall, a Disappointment
14 July 2005 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

First off, I am absolutely not a fan of "concert" versions of musicals. Take the time, spend the money, and do it right. When you have the talent that this production assembled, it seems a sin to do a half-baked version of the classic musical.

The only way I can recommend this production is to tell everyone reading this: close your eyes. That's right, just close your eyes and imagine how great it would have been if the visuals came close to matching what you hear. This story just can't be done properly in "concert". It cries out for full staging.

The performers are quite accomplished (with one exception), and it is always a treat to hear the Jitterbug number (cut from the 1939 film) and those extra bits of dialogue and lyrics that never made it into the earlier version.

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For me, this version was made almost unwatchable by Jewel. Just about every song she sang was butchered and horribly mangled by her vocal "style". I've never heard those classic songs destroyed the way she destroyed them. It was jaw-dropping and excruciating to watch and hear. Someone should have stepped in (maybe the director?), forced her to look at the original score, and made her sing the songs as they were written. Awful. Just plain awful.

So, close your eyes, enjoy the moments you can, and - above all - Beware of Jewel.


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