Look: The 1902 Musical Version of 'The Wizard of Oz' is Creepy

Look: The 1902 Musical Version of 'The Wizard of Oz' is Creepy

Feb 09, 2012

Many of us have fond childhood memories about seeing the 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland and friends. Most of us, however, haven't seen the seemingly darker version of the tale about a young girl who heads to the mythical land. In 1902, L. Frank Baum — author of the 1900 children's novel the iconic movie was based on — penned a musical. It focuses on the rightful king of Oz, Pastoria, who is dethroned by an evil witch. The production focused on Pastoria's attempt to take back his crown.

Website io9 recently shared some pics from the show, which feature several creepy shots of the Tin Man and Scarecrow looking like something from your darkest dreams versus a charming family film. The Scarecrow in particular looks more frightening than most horror villains we've seen in recent years. The cowardly lion was given a smaller part in the musical, which was performed pantomime-style. The publicity photo shown below looks more like a kinky game than a mime-eriffic extravaganza. Maybe we'll head to Kansas for a vacation sometime this year … Check out more photos at io9.





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