L. Frank Baum’s 1903 musical adaptation of his novel The Wizard of Oz was one of the most popular plays of the first decades of the 20th Century. Six years later, Baum was approached by the Shuberts, the highly influential Broadway producers, to recreate its success with a new Oz musical. The result was Ozma of Oz or The Magnet of Love: A Musical Extravaganza. The Shuberts hoped to tour the musical after which they planned a Broadway opening.
Betsy, like Dorothy before her, finds herself shipwrecked in a strange country. It is not long till she becomes swept up in the political intrigues of Ozma, the schemes of Shaggy Man to rescue his brother from the Metal Monarch, and Tik-Tok, who only wants to find love.
All of the special effects that Baum had written into his libretto caused it to be one of the most expensive musicals to produce at the time. It opened in Los Angeles on March 31, 1913 and toured across the country playing a long engagement in Chicago.
Preserved in the script are Baum’s lyrics and his own descriptions of the special effects he envisioned.
Theatre Arts Press is proud to publish the first printed libretto of Baum’s timeless musical story.
or The Magnet of Love
A Musical Extravaganza in Two Acts
Book and Lyrics by
L. Frank Baum