Welcome Back to OZ: The Patchwork Girl
If you are a Wizard of Oz fan, get set to follow the yellow brick road to Wilmington, DE, where the original story’s sequel,
Welcome Back to Oz: The Patchwork Girl will be performed at the Delaware Children’s Theatre in March. With it will come 15 brand new songs, composed by Chris Orazi, of CAS Music Productions in Vineland, NJ. The music features lyrics written by Orazi and Daytime Emmy Winning Writer, Donna Swajeski, Artistic Director and owner of the Delaware Children’s Theatre.
Set in Oz’s Emerald City, the musical, inspired by the book written by L. Frank Baum, includes all the characters you know and love. Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion and Scarecrow will be joined by two new heroines – Ojo, a lovable munchkin, and Scraps, her rag doll who comes to life. Dorothy leads her friends on a quest to help find Glinda the Good Witch so she can stop the Wicked Witch from practicing forbidden magic. Along the way, Dorothy meets some classic L. Frank Baum characters including: Wogglebug, the Nome King, and the Rainbow’s daughter. The show premiers on March 7-29, with performances at 2 PM Saturday and Sunday with a special Friday evening show at 7:30 PM on March 20. Tickets can be purchased online at Delaware Children’s Theater.
In addition to Orazi who is from Vineland, NJ, a number of other local artists contributed to the original soundtrack to be released in time for the show and available for sale during each performance. The artists include: Bugzy Boyer, guitar, lead and backing vocals (Absecon, NJ); Patti Balbo, lead and backing vocals (Absecon, NJ); Ariana Ballerini, lead and backing vocals (Yardley, PA); Nick Pontelli, lead and backing vocals (Wilmington, DE); Ariana Scalfo, lead and backing vocals (Ocean City, NJ); Henry Scalfo, guitar, backing vocals (Vineland, NJ). The music was recorded, mixed and mastered by Orazi and Al Pellegrini (Minotola, NJ), at CAS Music Productions in Vineland, NJ. The Assistant Engineer on the project was Mike Surrency (Bridgeton, NJ).