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Wizard, Wiz, Wicked...

The Wizard of Oz has had many incarnations over the years, and NCS is getting in on the game with Thanksgiving Weekend performances featuring the movie classic on a giant screen with the orchestra playing the soundtrack.

L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was originally published in 1900 as a children’s novel. It was quickly adapted to the Broadway stage in 1902 as The Wizard of Oz, and the classic 1939 movie bears the same name.

The story was re-imagined in 1975's The Wiz as a rock musical with an all-black cast. The Wiz proved to be so popular – it won five Tony Awards – a film version starring a young Michael Jackson was released in 1978.


No discussion of the longevity of the popularity of The Wizard of Oz is complete without a mention of the long-running block-buster Broadway musical Wicked, based on the novel by Gregory Maguire which takes a not-meant-for-children look at the Wicked Witch of the West long before Dorothy appeared on the scene.

Next year, Disney and Steven Spielberg will release Oz The Great and Powerful. Starring James Franco as the imagined savior of Oz, he and the munchkins set about defeating the Wicked Witch of the West. And, Warner Bros. film will re-release the original movie in 3D next fall.

Whether you like your Wizard of Oz in print, on screen, classic or 3D, you'll want to hear it performed by the North Carolina Symphony live
Thanksgiving Weekend.

Check out a comprehensive timeline of Wizard-of-Oz-inspired entertainment on the Wicked site.

Watch the original movie trailer.

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