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AP008 - Wizard of Oz, Theatre Poster (30x40cm Art Print)

AP008 - Wizard of Oz, Theatre Poster (30x40cm Art Print)

AP008 - Wizard of Oz, Theatre Poster (30x40cm Art Print)

Art print on thick paper, image from our library of original vintage printed ephemera. The overall print size is 30x40cm (approximately 12x16 inches). There is a plain border of about 1cm around the image to allow for framing if required.

Wizard Of Oz by Frank L Baum enjoyed a very successful theatrical run in the early 20th Century. Fred R. Hamlin's production starred Fred A. Stone as the Scarcrow and David C. Montgomery as the Tin Woodman. Two years after publication of "The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz", Baum and Denslow teamed up with composer Paul Tietjens and director Julian Mitchell to produce a musical stage version of the book under Fred R. Hamlin.

This stage version, the first to use the shortened title "The Wizard of Oz", opened in Chicago in 1902, then ran on Broadway for 293 stage nights from January to October 1903. It returned to Broadway in 1904, where it played from March to May and again from November to December. It successfully toured the United States with much of the same cast, as was done in those days, until 1911, and then became available for amateur use. The stage version starred David C. Montgomery and Fred Stone as the Tin Woodman and Scarecrow respectively, which shot the pair to instant fame. The stage version differed quite a bit from the book, and was aimed primarily at adults. Toto was replaced with Imogene the Cow, and Tryxie Tryfle, a waitress, and Pastoria, a streetcar operator, were added as fellow cyclone victims. The Wicked Witch of the West was eliminated entirely in the script, and the plot became about how the four friends, being allied with the usurping Wizard, were hunted as traitors to Pastoria II, the rightful King of Oz.

It is unclear how much control or influence Baum had on the script; it appears that many of the changes were written by Baum against his wishes due to contractual requirements with Hamlin. Jokes in the script, mostly written by Glen MacDonough, called for explicit references to President Theodore Roosevelt, Senator Mark Hanna, and oil magnate John D. Rockefeller.

Beginning with the success of the stage version, most subsequent versions of the story, including newer editions of the novel, have been titled "The Wizard of Oz", rather than using the full, original title. In more recent years, restoring the full title has become increasingly common, particularly to distinguish the novel from the Hollywood film.

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