By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard
Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.
Directed and Choreographed by Sam Pinkleton
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A.C.T. presents the classic musical, The Wizard of Oz, from Tony Award–nominated director/choreographer Sam Pinkleton (Soft Power and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) and Tony Award-winning designer David Zinn (Edward Albee’s Seascape at A.C.T). Do you remember the first time you saw L. Frank Baum’s classic tale come to life? The sweeping music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, the beloved characters, and the enthralling journey of a young girl from a grayscale Kansas prairie to a world filled with color, danger, and magic. For decades this enchanting classic musical has been a part of some of the best moments of our lives. When you enter the Toni Rembe Theater to experience The Wizard of Oz, you’ll connect with rekindled memories—as well as the spark of unexpected surprises and twists!
This season at A.C.T is all about returning home, and that makes The Wizard of Oz the perfect choice for you, your family, and your friends. See you down the (yellow brick) road.
The Wizard of Oz is one of our family friendly productions. Whether you are looking for kid friendly activities or an event for friends of all ages, we have shows that will inspire and entertain your whole group. Learn more about our family friendly shows and events.
“I am dizzy with excitement and a good bit of terror to bring The Wizard of Oz to San Francisco and A.C.T.'s fabulous Geary Theater. The myth of Dorothy and her friends, and their big adventure, means something different to every single person you ask—whether it’s childhood nostalgia, queer survival, or an unhealthy obsession with flying monkeys. I'm giddy and honored to enlist (gulp) the brains, heart, and courage of the Bay Area—in collaboration with mega-genius David Zinn—to create an intimate, intergenerational, human-powered Wizard of Oz that is bursting with contradictions and big beating hearts—just like San Francisco itself.”
—Director/Choreographer Sam Pinkleton