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June 11, 2000

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Not the World Wide Web, but The Wiz (at the Black Rep through July 2), The Wizard of Oz (on which The Wiz is based), and West Side Story (at the Muny for one week starting 6/19).

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Optimistic Voices The Wizard of Oz (OS 1939) [1995 Kid Rhino release] M-G-M Studio Orchestra, The Debutantes, and The Rhythmettes Music by Harold Arlen and Herbert Stothart, Lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg. From the classic 1939 movie, directed by Victor Fleming and produced by Mervyn LeRoy.
Follow the Yellow Brick Road/You’re Off to See the Wizard The Wizard of Oz (OS 1939) Judy Garland (as Dorothy Gale) and the Munchkins Abetted by little people with high voices, Dorothy sets out to find the person who can get her home again.
He’s the Wizard The Wiz (OC 1975) Clarice Taylor (as Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North) and the Munchkins This 1975 show, music & lyrics by Charlie Smalls, book by William F. Brown, bills itself as the "Super Soul Musical ‘Wonderful Wizard of Oz’". Currently running at the St. Louis Black Rep (through July 2nd).
We’re Off to See the Wizard The Wizard of Oz (OS 1939) Judy Garland and Ray Bolger Dorothy and The Scarecrow on the Road to Oz
Ease on Down the Road The Wiz (OC 1975) Stephanie Mills and Hinton Battle Dorothy and The Scarecrow on the Road to Oz
Tornado The Wiz (OC 1975) Orchestra. Timothy Graphenreed and Harold Wheeler contributed this number to the show.
What Would I Do if I Could Feel? The Wiz (OC 1975) Tiger Haynes The Tin Man longs for a heart.
If I only Had a Heart–extended version The Wizard of Oz (OS 1939) Jack Haley The Tin Man longs for a heart—and dances.
I’m a Mean Ole Lion The Wiz (OC 1975) Ted Ross The Cowardly Lion in denial
If I Only Had the Nerve/We’re Off to See the Wizard The Wizard of Oz (OS 1939) Bert Lahr, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Judy Garland The Cowardly Lion wishes for courage; he and the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and Dorothy continue on their quest.
Cyclone—extended version The Wizard of Oz (OS 1939) M-G-M Studio Orchestra How Dorothy got to the other side of the rainbow in the first place. Features the Wicked Witch of the West’s theme music.
So You Wanted to See the Wizard The Wiz (OC 1975) Andre de Shields The awesome Wiz, whose entrance breathes smoke and fire.
Mambo—bonus tracks: Symphonic Dances West Side Story (OC 1957) New York Philharmonic, directed by Leonard Bernstein Opens the Muny summer season, June 19th. Book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Jerome Robbins directed and choreographed the original 1957 production. Based on Wm. Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.
One Hand, One Heart West Side Story (OC 1957) Larry Kert and Carol Lawrence (Maria) The star-crossed lovers pledge their love.
Cool West Side Story (OC 1957) Mickey Calin (Riff) and the Jets Riff (think Mercutio) is Tony’s best friend and the leader of the Jets gang.
Maria West Side Story (OC 1957) Larry Kert (Tony) "Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright"–Romeo’s speech to himself after he first sets eyes on Juliet.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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