“Defying Gravity” – Wicked
Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
From the composer who penned the stunning score for the animated film The Prince of Egypt comes this delectable musical about a misunderstood green girl in the merry old land of Oz. In this number which closes Act One in a truly dramatic fashion, Elphaba astounds all when she takes flight for the first time, defying gravity and the Wizard in what will cause her to become known as the Wicked Witch of the West. The first woman to defy gravity was a Russian who traveled into space on this day in 1963, leaving the U.S. green with envy as the first American woman to enter orbit did not do so until twenty years later.
“Over the Rainbow” – The Wizard of Oz
Music: Harold Arlen Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg
This enduring classic is in honor of the incandescent Judy Garland, born on this day in 1922. Ms. Garland played the young Dorothy Gale in the 1939 film version of this musical. Sung by the character before embarking on a magical adventure to the land of Oz, this winsome ballad is a standard which will forever belong to the late great star.
“Ease on Down the Road” – The Wiz
Music and Lyrics: Charlie Smalls
This number is probably the most popular song from The Wiz, a musical spin on the classic tale The Wizard of Oz and a classic in its own right due to its hip, soulful score. No need to rush through life. Remember it’s about the journey, not the destination, especially when you’ve got good friends and a dog by your side.