Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz

Before she burst onto the big screen as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland was a young vaudeville trouper named Frances Gumm. In this highly anticipated new musical chronicling Garland's early career from vaudeville baby to MGM teen star in the making, the road to Oz is paved with adversity. At its heart a story of love between a father and daughter, featuring such legendary songs as "Over the Rainbow," "You Made Me Love You," and "Everybody Sing," Chasing Rainbows is a poignant coming-of-age tale about "the little girl with the big voice," who went on to become one of the world's most beloved entertainment icons. The show has already earned praise from Liza Minnelli, who said, "My mother said that her biography is in her music, and now a talented creative team is using that music to tell the story of her early years and her extraordinary rise to fame."

Schedule

Wednesdays at 7:30pm

Thursdays at 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Fridays at 8:00pm

Saturdays at 1:30pm and 8:00pm

Sundays at 1:30pm and 7:00pm

Paper Mill Playhouse

(Milburn, NJ)
22 Brookside Drive
Milburn, NJ 07041
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by Joseph Harrison - Oct 11, 2016
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by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2015
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by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2015
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by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2015
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by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016
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by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2016
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by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2015
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by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2017
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by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2019
The Broadway Education Alliance is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 student nominees who will compete for the title of Best Actor and Best Actress at The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance on Sunday, May 19 at the Professional Performing Arts School, 328 West 48th Street, in Manhattan.
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2019
The Broadway Education Alliance Inc. presented The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance (formerly the Gershwin Awards) on Sunday, May 19 at Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) in Manhattan, 328 West 48th Street, in Manhattan.
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2018
Legendary Broadway and Hollywood songwriter Stephen Schwartz was announced today as special guest of the annual 'OZ-Stravaganza!'/WIZARD OF OZ festival, June 1-3, in Chittenango, NY. The Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer/lyricist will take part in two separate events on Saturday and Sunday that weekend, celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of WICKED, which opened on Broadway in 2003. The musical is among Schwartz's greatest international successes, recounting the saga of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda the Good Witch in the Land of Oz. Chittenango, just east of Syracuse, is the birthplace of L. Frank Baum, who introduced those characters in his iconic children's book, THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ (1900).
by Audition Roundup - May 1, 2016
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by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2016
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by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016
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by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2018
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by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017
Following two successful productions at Flat Rock Playhouse and Goodspeed Musicals, the producers of Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz have announced three private industry lab performances on Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14 in New York City.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2018
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by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Jul 20, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016
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by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015
Flat Rock Playhouse's presentation of CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ world premiere chronicles the life of a young Judy Garland. This exciting new musical explores her extraordinary journey from vaudeville to Hollywood to stardom which culminated in one of the most popular films of all time, THE WIZARD OF OZ. The production runs now through December 19, 2015 at Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Opening night is tonight, December 2, 2015.
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by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015
Flat Rock Playhouse's presentation of CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ world premiere chronicles the life of a young Judy Garland. This exciting new musical explores her extraordinary journey from vaudeville to Hollywood to stardom which culminated in one of the most popular films of all time, THE WIZARD OF OZ. The production runs now through December 19, 2015 at Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
by Stage Tube - Dec 1, 2015
Flat Rock Playhouse's presentation of CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ world premiere chronicles the life of a young Judy Garland. This exciting new musical explores her extraordinary journey from vaudeville to Hollywood to stardom which culminated in one of the most popular films of all time, THE WIZARD OF OZ. The production runs now through December 19, 2015 at Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Click below to watch highlights from the show!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2019
Casting has been announced for Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz at Paper Mill Playhouse! The musical features a book by Marc Acito, musical adaptation & additional music by David Libby and is conceived by and additional lyrics by Tina Marie Casamento.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016
Goodspeed is thrilled to announce the cast of Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz, abrand-new musical that chronicles a time before "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Easter Parade," and "A Star is Born"-a time when Judy Garland was simply, "the girl with the great big voice." Filled with many beloved songs sung by Judy Garland throughout her career, Chasing Rainbows will run September 16 - November 27 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn. The show is sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts, Eversource Energy, ConnectiCare, Comcast, and Webster Bank.
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by Linnae Medeiros - Aug 22, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2019
Paper Mill Playhouse recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, recently announced that tickets for individual shows for the 2019-2020 season will be available to the public this coming Monday, August 19, 2019. Season subscriptions are on sale now and subscribers can already purchase additional show tickets.  Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, or at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org. 
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2019
Paper Mill Playhouse presents the New Jersey premiere of Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz. Meet the cast in the photos!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2019
Paper Mill Playhouse has announced that tickets for individual shows for the 2019-2020 season will be available to the public on Monday, August 19, 2019. Season subscriptions are on sale now and subscribers can already purchase additional show tickets. Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, or at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org. With three premieres and a total of five musicals, Paper Mill continues to fulfill its mission to enrich, entertain, and inspire audiences and students as the nation's premier musical theater. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2019-2020 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank. Paper Mill Playhouse education and outreach programs are proudly sponsored by The Goren Family and the Harmony Helper App.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016
For the first time in its 53 year history, two-time Tony Award-winning Goodspeed Musicals is offering a Two Theatre - Five Show Package. Today Michael Gennaro, Goodspeed's Executive Director, announced the five fantastic shows set for 2016.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017
In 1937, long before Flat Rock Playhouse began its history "on the Rock" in the Village of Flat Rock, a man by the name of Robroy Farquhar led a group of struggling performers around the country, until together, they settled in the Blue Ridge region of Western North Carolina. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2019
The Broadway Education Alliance is pleased to announce that Emmy Award-winning NY1 host Frank DiLella and the 2015 Jimmy Award-winner for Best Performance by an Actress Marla Louissaint will co-host the 2018-19 Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance.
by Audition Roundup - Apr 10, 2016
Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, April 10, 2016 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition!