We're nearing the end of our trip down the Yellow Briick Road. Here's Part 5 of six of our Elisberg Industries International Film Festival. (It's actually two clips today, since the second is very short, only about a minute long.)
In this first part, though, is the song, "The King of the Forest," as well as a treat, "The Jitterbug." This latter famously is a song that not only was written for the movie of The Wizard of Oz, but was performed. However, it was cut from the finished film, and for years was considered lost, though many decades later a rough print of the material was discovered from home movies taken by composer Harold Arlen during rehearsals. But for this version, it was re-interpolated into the production.
It's clear, I think, why the number was cut. Though lively and fun, it really doesn't advance the plot or define the characters at all, and the style of the song, a jazzy number, feels out of place with the rest of the Arlen-Harburg score. However, here, in this rambunctious cobbled-together concert, where singers occasionally come on stage to perform a solo song and then leave, it fits fine. And it certainly adds a lot of movement to the proceedings with an explosive dance, performed by a troupe named, I think, Images -- made all the more fun for having Jewel join in with the dancing,
And very briefly, here's the segment where Dorothy takes on the Wicked Witch of the West.
We're near the finish line. Only one more part to go. And if you're just now joining the frivolity, you can clear here to jump to the first part in this series which explains everything about this 1995 TNT production of The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True that starred Jewel before even her first album was released, along with Roger Daltrey, Jackson Browne and Nathan Lane, along with an all star supporting cast.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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