Friday, January 26, 2024

All Wound Up - The Making of The Tik-Tok Man of Oz

How did L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, create the stage show called The Tik-Tok Man of Oz? How did Louis F. Gottschalk, celebrated Broadway conductor, agree to compose the score? Who were the cast members? How did The Tik-Tok Man of Oz challenge powerful Broadway producers? All Wound Up gives the answers to these questions—and much more.

In 1913, playwright Baum and composer Gottschalk set out to astound the theatrical world with a stage extravaganza. They planned stupendous special effects, such as the storm at sea and the Rose Princess born from a giant blossom. They wrote rollicking musical numbers, such as the rousing march “The Army of Oogaboo” and the lovely ballad “The Magnet of Love.” The cast included such luminaries as Charlotte Greenwood and Charlie Ruggles, with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. All Wound Up tells the story of it all—now available, along with the newly-created piano/vocal score and Performance script.

First is All Wound Up: The Making of The Tik-Tok Man of Oz. This hefty softcover volume of 440 full-color pages contains the complete history of the show with a generous load of images and photographs. It also includes L. Frank Baum's complete 1913 script for The Tik-Tok Man of Oz, Baum's earlier complete scenario titled The Rainbow's Daughter, a full biography of composer Louis F. Gottschalk, an account of Hank the Mule's career across the world, and more. 

  • Hundreds of photographs of the show, its creators, and its cast
  • How producer Oliver Morosco and The Tik-Tok Man of Oz challenged the theatrical establishment
  • L. Frank Baum’s complete surviving script, published for the first time
  • The Rainbow’s Daughter, Baum’s complete surviving scenario, published for the first time
  • Peeks into the lives of the cast members and production team
  • The life and career of Louis F. Gottschalk, composer of The Tik-Tok Man of Oz
  • How Hank the Mule achieved worldwide fame

You can purchase the book by clicking here.

Next is The Tik-Tok Man of Oz Performance Script. This 114 page volume features the script I synthesized from Baum's surviving materials to create a version that can be performed today. The words are L. Frank Baum's in this two-act musical play for nine principal roles, three minor roles, and a chorus, in a running time of about 2 hours. 

You can purchase the script by clicking here

The third book is The Tik-Tok Man of Oz Piano-Vocal Score. Its 194 pages hold 26 core musical numbers by Gottschalk/Baum and Schertzinger/Morosco, originally written for the show. Also included are 2 optional numbers by Cowles/Wulschner and Waters/West, interpolated into the 1913 production. The music is arranged for piano. 

You can purchase the score by clicking here.

All three volumes are offered as a set with a $10 discount of the total price. 

Click here for the complete set.

Whether you want to act, sing, or just read about Tik-Tok the copper clockwork man of Oz, here's your chance.

What People Are Saying!

“The author has, obviously, a deep, wide, and thorough knowledge of his subject, from composer to chorus girls, and he shares it all with us in the most engaging and even-handed way. A must for anyone interested in the musical theatre in America.” 

—Kurt G√§nzl

Author of The Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre; Gilbert and Sullivan: The Players and the Plays; etc.

“Shanower has achieved an extraordinary amalgam of research and presentation. Equally rich is the amount and caliber of often colorful art. The entire package is an object lesson in how to showcase and produce an entertainment memoir.”
John Fricke

 Author of The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History; Judy Garland: World’s Greatest Entertainer; etc.

“Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, this large format (8.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches, 3.01 pounds) paperback edition of All Wound Up: The Making of The Tik-Tok Man of Oz is an extraordinary and fascinating study — and one that is a ‘must’ for the legions of Frank L. Baum fans. Comprehensive, definitive and informative, All Wound Up: The Making of The Tik-Tok Man of Oz is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, community, college, and university library American Theatrical History collections and supplemental Frank L. Baum curriculum studies lists.”
Paul A. Vogel, Midwest Book Review

Copyright © 2024 David Maxine. All rights reserved.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Happy 121st Birthday!


On this date, January 21, in 1903, The Wizard of Oz premiered on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on Columbus Circle. 

As most of the United States has been suffering through very cold winter weather this last week, I hope the Snow Queen and her Snow Boys and Girls will bring a little winter cheer to our frigid reality. For those curious, those pictured are (left to right) Anna Fitzhugh, Albertina Benson, Georgia Baron, I think the next is Mabel DeVere, and the line ends with Lillian DeVere. I believe the DeVeres were sisters. 

While the icy girls were frigid enough to kill the poppies, they certainly warmed up the audience at the end of Act I.

I will also take this opportunity to update you on the progress of my book. While I have stopped sharing chapters online, the research and writing continue apace: I am just now finishing Chapter Ten.

More soon!

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Monday, January 8, 2024

The Moon Has His Eyes on You - REDUX

Bessie Wynn as Sir Dashemoff

I just ran across a splendid new performance of "The Moon Has His Eyes on You" on YouTube — a link to the video is shared below.

This song was originally performed by Sir Dashemoff Daily in Act I of The Wizard of Oz during the tour in the 1905 season. The song was also recorded by Ada Jones on both cylinder and disc during that year. Her Edison cylinder recording can be heard on my 2 CD set Vintage Recordings from the 1903 Wizard of Oz.

In the shared video, the song is performed by Robert Lamont and Gabrielle Lee. They put the song over in a slower, more sultry fashion than the fast-paced, crooning voice of Ada Jones on the recordings from the early 1900s. I suspect the original stage performance rather split the difference. 

The song features music by Tin Pan Alley composer Albert Von Tilzer (1878-1956) and lyrics by African-American lyricist Billy Johnson (1858-1916). They each wrote several other songs used in The Wizard of Oz.

Here is a link to the contemporary performance on the Robert Lamont - Tin Pan Alley YOUTUBE channel:

Enjoy! There are many other enjoyable links on this YOUTUBE channel if you click-through.

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