Oz Before the Rainbow: L. Frank Baum's the Wonderful Wizard of Oz on Stage and Screen to 1939

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JHU Press, 2002 - Performing Arts - 288 pages
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Swartz reminds us in that various stage and screen dramatizations of Baum's story preceded and influenced the 1939 film. This richly illustrated book contains many rare photographs, film stills, sketches, theater programs, and movie advertisements from the different productions.

Piecing together the Chicago and Broadway stage productions (1902-3) from contemporary reviews, surviving script pages, and published song lyrics, Swartz shows how Baum and his many collaborators worked to transform the book into a popular theatrical attraction -- often requiring significant alterations to the original story.

 

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Swartz, a theater archivist, has painstakingly researched the history of L. Frank Baum's 1900 best seller, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from publication to the ultimate film version, the 1939 MGM ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
6
Section 2
62
Section 3
89
Section 4
91
Section 5
95
Section 6
105
Section 7
109
Section 8
112
Section 13
146
Section 14
147
Section 15
151
Section 16
153
Section 17
195
Section 18
211
Section 19
213
Section 20
216

Section 9
116
Section 10
118
Section 11
143
Section 12
146
Section 21
217
Section 22
229
Section 23
249

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Mark Evan Swartz is an archivist with the Shubert Archive in New York and editor of the archive's periodical, The Passing Show.

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