ZOOM season 4 (1974-1975) cast: song and dance numbers


(above) ZOOM season 4 (1974-1975) cast, left to right – Norman Christian, Carmen Hernandez, Andrae Neilsan, Tracey Dunlap, Tommy Schultz, Harvey Reed, Tishy Flaherty, Cate Wadsworth, David “Red” O’Brien, David Sales

Three of the songs featured in the following ZOOM season 4 production numbers are well-known pop songs. I believe the rest have music by Newton Wayland, musical director and composer for the original series, 1971-1978. While I’ve struggled to find songwriter credits for some of the original songs included in the page, it’s likely that Wayland at least composed the music for each of those for which I haven’t identified the songwriter(s). However, some of the originals performed in the series were co-written by him and another songwriter, so I’m going to omit songwriter credits for songs where I’m uncertain for now.

Musical direction and arrangement of all numbers is by Newton Wayland. Musical staging is by Billy Wilson. See the Billy Wilson tribute article by The AIDS Memorial (@Facebook), published August 14, 2018, and the Obituary by Jennifer Dunning, published in the New York Times, August 16, 1994.

Recordings of some of the songs featured in this page are also found on the 1977 album ZOOM Tunes, Rounder Records ‎8005. Despite it’s 1977 release (1978, according to some sites) the “ZOOMers” listed on the back of the album are primarily cast members from season 4 (1974-75). The album also includes at least a couple of songs that were used in production numbers in season 5 (1976).

included in the page:

  • Come On and ZOOM (Newton Wayland)
  • I Dig Rock and Roll Music (Paul Stookey, James Mason, and Dave Dixon)
  • Friends (Buzzy Linhart, Mark “Moogy” Klingman)
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) (Paul Simon)
  • Send it to Zoom #3 – at least partly written by Newton Wayland; actual title unknown
  • SASE song (season 4) – at least partly written by Newton Wayland; actual title unknown
  • City Child (Newton Wayland*)
  • Blue Balloon (Newton Wayland, Christine Stark*)
  • Zoomba – actual title unknown
  • Closing: Friends / Come On and Zoom (abbreviated versions)

Lyrics for “Come on and Zoom,” “Send it to Zoom #3,” “SASE song (season 4),” “Blue Balloon,” and “Zoomba,” all transcribed by doc (me), are included in the page ZOOM lyrics.

The quality of some of the videos is rather low. I’ll replace them with better copies when available.


Come On and Zoom (Newton Wayland) — performed by the ZOOM season 4 (1974-1975) cast: Harvey Reed, Tishy Flaherty, David “Red” O’Brien, Cate Wadsworth, Norman Christian, Tracey Dunlap, Tommy Schultz, Carmen Hernandez, David Sales, and Andrae Neilsan


I Dig Rock and Roll Music (Paul Stookey, James Mason, and Dave Dixon) — performed by ZOOM season 4 cast members: David Sales, Tishy Flaherty, Carmen Hernandez, Cate Wadsworth, Andrae Neilsan, Harvey Reed, Tracey Dunlap, and Tommy Schultz (absent: Norman Christian and Red O’Brien)

Some words have been added as back vocals to this version that aren’t present in the Peter, Paul & Mary version, and the words of some lines are slightly changed. For example, one modified section goes

Ayy, I dig The Mamas & The Papas in a trip, Sunset Strip in L.A.
They got a good thing goin’ when the words don’t get in the way
(And bore ya)

Friends (Buzzy Linhart, Mark “Moogy” Klingman) – performed by the full cast, appearing in this order: Cate Wadsworth, Andrae Neilsan, Tommy Schultz, David Sales, Tracey Dunlap, Tishy Flaherty, Carmen Hernandez, Norman Christian, David “Red” O’Brien, Harvey Reed


Little Red Riding Hood — performed by the entire cast, featuring Andrae Neilsan as Little Red Riding Hood and Tommy Schultz as The Wolf


The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) (Paul Simon) — performed by Harvey Reed, Cate Wadsworth, David Sales, Tracey Dunlap, Carmen Hernandez, Tishy Flaherty, Norman Christian


Send it to ZOOM #3 – at least partly written by Newton Wayland; performed by the full cast — I don’t know the actual title of this song, but it’s not on the ZOOM Tunes album, nor on the 1974 album Come On and ZOOM. I’ve titled it “Send it to ZOOM #3” because there are two earlier ZOOM songs for which I’ve adopted the titles “Send it to ZOOM” and “Send it to ZOOM #2.”


SASE song (season 4) – at least partly written by Newton Wayland; performed by the full cast


City Child (Newton Wayland*)

  • ZOOM Tunes album version (link)
  • ZOOM TV series episode version (below) — This version is wonderful, but very brief (55 secs). I don’t know whether this is the whole segment from the episode or just a portion of it.


Blue Balloon (Newton Wayland*) — performed by Tommy Schultz, Cate Wadsworth, Tishy Flaherty, David Sales, Tracey Dunlap, and David “Red” O’Brien

and Zoomba (author(s) and actual title unknown) — starts at c. 3:11 in the video; performed by the full cast

  • My ZOOM lyrics page includes lyric transcriptions for “Blue Balloon” and “Zoomba.”


closing: Friends / Come On and Zoom (abbreviated versions)


* The back of the 1977 ZOOM Tunes album indicates that “[a]ll original tunes and arrangements” are by Newton Wayland, Musical Director of ZOOM. However, some of the original songs are “based on poems” by various children, probably ZOOM fans who sent their poems to the show. The words to “Blue Balloon” are based on a poem by Christine Stark, age 10, of Middle Village, NY. “City Child” is based on poems by three different children, ages 8-10.

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