Synopsis by Mark Deming
This home video release documents a special concert presentation held at New York City's Avery Fisher Hall in 1995 to benefit the Children's Defense Fund. An all-star cast of actors and singers perform the classic songs from the film The Wizard of Oz, with narration and dialogue filling in the gaps of L. Frank Baum's classic story between numbers. Jewel stars as Dorothy, with Jackson Browne as the Scarecrow, Roger Daltry as the Tin Woodsman, Nathan Lane as the Cowardly Lion, Debra Winger as the Wicked Witch of the West, and Joel Grey as the Wizard. The St. Louis Light Opera Orchestra provides accompaniment, and the Boy's Choir of Harlem offers both choral backing and perform as the Munchkins.
benefit [event], concert, fantasy, wizard