Synopsis

Prologue
Dorothy is seen with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and dog, Toto, on their farm in Kansas. She expresses her desire to get away from the farm life and see distant lands. Aunt Em and Uncle Henry urge her to stay, telling her that she has everything that she could ever want here at home.

ACT I
A tornado hits and lifts the farmhouse, with Dorothy inside, right up into the air. It comes to rest with a bump, in the Land of Oz There she is met by the Munchkins and Addapearle, the Good Witch of the North, who tells her that her house has fallen on the Wicked Witch of the East, and killed her, freeing the Munchkins from her evil powers. Dorothy, distressed and confused, wants only to return to Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and Toto in Kansas. Addapearle decides her best bet is to go and see the great and powerful Wizard of Oz. She gives her the Witch of the East's silver shoes, and tells her not to take them off before she reaches home, for they hold a very powerful charm.

Dorothy sets off down the yellow brick road, full of doubt and fear at what lies ahead. Stopping to rest by a cornfield, she is startled when a Scarecrow hanging on a pole strikes up a conversation. He tells her of his longing for brains so that he can be like other people, and she invites him to accompany her to see if The Wiz can help him.

The yellow brick road leads them into a great forest where they discover a man made of tin, rusted solid. They oil his joints and he tells them how, to prevent him from marrying a servant girl, the Wicked Witch of the East put a spell on his axe so that it began to cut off parts of his body. Each time it happened, a tinsmith replaced the missing part with one made of tin until he was entirely made of it. The one thing the tinsmith forgot was a heart, and the Tin Man has longed for one ever since. Dorothy and the Scarecrow invite him on their journey to see the Wizard with the hope that he may give him one.

The yellow brick road leads them into a dark jungle where they are attacked by a large lion, but are unharmed because he is a coward. When he learns where they are going, he asks if he may accompany them to ask the Wizard for some courage. They agree and the trio becomes a quartet.

Seeing a green glow in the distance, they continue their journey to the Emerald City, and wander into a field of poppies who blow opium dust on them. Not being made of flesh, the Scarecrow and Tin Man are unaffected, but Dorothy and the Lion begin to become disoriented and drowsy. Dorothy recalls that the Munchkins warned her of the dangerous poppies, and runs from the field as fast as she can with the Scarecrow and Tin Man behind her. The Lion is overcome by the dust and begins to hallucinates. He is dragged from the field and returned to his friends by the Field Mice who police the area.

Marching up to the gates of the beautiful Emerald City, they are met by the Gatekeeper who insists they must all be fitted with a pair of green tinted glasses to prevent their eyes from being blinded by the dazzling sights. They enter the city and look about in awe at the richly dressed people that inhabit this magnificent place. The haughty and condescending people laugh and ridicule this odd party for wanting to see the Wizard until they see that Dorothy is wearing the Witch of the East's silver shoes. The quartet is shown right into his palace.

They meet the Wizard. They each plead their case to him and ask for his help. He agrees on one condition: they must kill Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West.

ACT II
Evillene is evil, power hungry to get what she wants. Seeing Dorothy and her odd friends approach, she sends her Winged Monkeys to kill them. They attack the four friends but when they see Dorothy's silver shoes, they dare not harm her. They carry her and the friends to Evillene's castle instead. While searching for a way to get the powerful shoes from Dorothy, Evillene forces them to do menial chores. She takes delight in torturing the Lion, seeing this Dorothy picks up a bucket of water and throws it at her. She melts until there is just a wet puddle on the floor.

Returning to the Emerald City, they see the Wizard. The friends discover that The Wiz isn’t so magical. The angry quartet confronts the Wizard on his deceptions, but he points out that the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion already have the things they seek as shown in their behavior on the journeys they have. They remain unconvinced so he creates physical symbols of their desires and they are satisfied. He proposes that Dorothy can return to Kansas the way he came, and offers to pilot her in his hot air balloon. He addresses the citizens of the Emerald City in person for the first time in many years, telling him of his imminent journey. Just as his speech reaches its climax, the balloon comes free from its moorings and rises quickly into the air, taking Dorothy's hopes of getting home with it.

Addaperle appears, suggesting that Dorothy ask Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, for help. She summons Glinda. Glinda tells Dorothy that the silver shoes have always had the power to take her home, but like her friends, she needed to believe that fact before it was possible. She bids a tearful goodbye to her companions, and as their faces fade into the darkness, she thinks about what she has learned, gained, and lost. She taps the heels of the silver shoes together three times, and as Toto jumps into her arms, licking her face, she knows that she is back home at last.