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Adapting The Wizard of OzMusical Versions from Baum to MGM and Beyond$
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Danielle Birkett and Dominic McHugh

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190663179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190663179.001.0001

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“Beyond the Rainbow”

“Beyond the Rainbow”

Afterlives of the Songs from The Wizard of Oz

(p.223) 11 “Beyond the Rainbow”
Adapting The Wizard of Oz

Walter Frisch

Oxford University Press

To paraphrase one of the most famous lines in movie history, we are not in Kansas—or in Oz—anymore. Nevertheless, the songs of The Wizard of Oz have continued to resonate well beyond the 1939 MGM film, extending deep into the political, cultural, and social contexts of the early twenty-first century. This chapter explores something of the afterlives of the songs, with a special focus on the most popular one, “Over the Rainbow,” which has achieved iconic status over the past eighty years. And if there is any overarching legacy of the songs, it is perhaps the idea that however much we dream or hope, we should not give up our home, our roots.

Keywords:   “Over the Rainbow, ” songs, cultural impact, Judy Garland, Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg

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