A new musical show details the backstory of a certain friend of Dorothy’s. "The Woodsman" may have finished its original run in May, but the show is starting to make a presence online thanks to a recent live airing.

The Tin Man was once a Munchkin?

In the original Baum novel, the Tin Woodman is given the backstory of having once been a Munchkin woodcutter who fell in love with a servant girl. Her mistress did not want the girl to get married and leave her, and so made a deal with the Wicked Witch of the East, who cursed his axe to cut the woodcutter himself, causing him to replace his lost body parts with tin replacements, until he was completely made of tin.

Forgetting to get a replacement for his heart, he realizes he no longer loves the servant girl and abandons her, explaining his desire to find a heart in the main story.

Baum later expanded the story in one of the sequel novels, "The Tin Woodman of Oz," where he gave the unfortunate servant girl a name, Nimmie Amee, although he had also retconned aspects of the original story, such as having the girl be directly enslaved by the witch herself. While revealed that she would have been happy to have married her lover after he became tin, in a rather macabre twist, it is revealed that Nimmie Amee has married a man created from the Tin Woodman’s lost body parts.

An old show given a second life on television

"The Woodsman," an Off-Broadway show, told the story of “Oz's Tinman and the woman he loved.” A live production of the show aired in New York earlier this September on the public access Thirteen network.

The show was produced by Robb Nanus, Rachel Sussman, Ryan Bogner, and Adam Silberman, and was originally a production of Strangemen and Co. The original project was also notably funded by the 2014 Jim Henson Foundation Grant, reflecting the use of puppetry in the show.

"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"has had quite a life on stage already, with such iconic Broadway shows like "The Wiz," which cast the story with an all-black cast, and "Wicked," which expanded upon the backstories of the witches. In fact, Baum himself had worked on a musical based on his story as early as 1902.

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