As a present to our family, we were fortunate enough to see a production of 'The Wizard Of Oz' at the Palace Theatre in Westgate-on-Sea yesterday. As is usual at Christmas-time, something rather magical happened. You see, I never knew that the song 'Over The Rainbow' had an introduction:
When all the world is a hopeless jumble
And the raindrops tumble all around
Heaven opens a magic lane
When all the clouds darken up the skyway
There's a rainbow highway to be found
Leading from your windowpane
To a place behind the sun
Just a step beyond the rain...
Somewhere, over the rainbow, Way up high
There's a land that I've heard of
Once in a lullaby
Somewhere, over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true ...
Music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg
Apparently, the introduction is regularly used in stage versions of the show, but doubtless everyone is more familiar with Judy Garland's version of the song (the classic movie omits the introduction). At least at the moment - I hear that Andrew Lloyd Webber is rumoured to be planning a stage revival of 'Wizard Of Oz' in the West End in 2010.