Originally a 1902 stage play, and then a successful 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz is a musical with a book by John Kane, music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. The current musical version was originally presented in 1987, when Kane was asked by the Royal Shakespeare Company to create a new adaptation, very close to the 1939 film, which presents almost all of the screenplay's dialogue, with a few minor changes and additions. The complete original score was presented, and restored the musical numbers "The Jitterbug", "Over the Rainbow (Reprise)" and "Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead (Reprise)", cut from the original film. This stage version has become a popular musical performed by community theatres and children's theatres in the United States and around the world.
Our accompaniment CD of songs from The Wizard of Oz : Tracks 1-12 contain the background tracks and guide vocals; tracks 13-24 contain the accompaniment tracks alone. This album is a re-recording in the original 1987 show key and show tempo.