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

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Some of the songs featured in the following ZOOM season 4 production numbers and shorter musical segments 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 them. 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
  • Feelin’ Groovy (Paul Simon)
  • Send it to Zoom #2 (m. Newton Wayland) – actual title unknown
  • SASE song – actual title unknown
  • Closing: Friends / Come On and Zoom (abbreviated versions)
  • City Child (Newton Wayland*) – links only
  • Blue Balloon (Newton Wayland, Christine Stark*) – with lyric transcription
  • Zoomba – actual title unknown

Lyrics for “Come on and Zoom,” “Send it to Zoom #2,” “SASE song,” “Blue Balloon,” and “Zoomba,” transcribed by doc, are included in the page ZOOM lyrics. My transcription of the “Blue Balloon” lyric is also included in this page, below the corresponding video.

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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Send it to ZOOM #2 – at least partly written by Newton Wayland; performed by the full cast — An earlier “Send It to ZOOM” song was (I think) introduced in season 2, possibly by the second of three casts that season, who sang it in the closing. That song was titled “Address Song # 1” on the 1977 ZOOM Tunes album. I don’t know the actual title of this song, but it’s not on the ZOOM Tunes album.

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SASE song – at least partly written by Newton Wayland; performed by the full cast

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

City Child (Newton Wayland*) – links only

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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

  • “Blue Balloon” lyric transcription below video, and in the ZOOM lyrics page
  • “Zoomba” lyric transcription in the ZOOM lyrics page

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Blue Balloon (Newton Wayland, Christine Stark*)
lyric transcribed by doc (Jim Radcliff), 2 July 2020

If you were on the moon
What would you do?
Would you play,
Would you eat,
Would you build a zoo?
A zoo?

How would you get there
To build a zoo?
In a plane,
In a train,
In a blue balloon?

Come fly away
In a blue balloon
Up to the moon
Fly high away
In a blue balloon
Gonna visit the man in the moon
(Or maybe it’s a woman)

Who would you take,
Your sister or aunt?
Would you take animals,
Like a horse,
Or maybe a plant?
A plant?

What would you eat?
What would you eat?
Maybe carrots, ice cream,
Or how about a beet?
How about a beet?

Come fly away
In a blue balloon
Up to the moon
Fly high away
In a blue balloon
Gonna visit the man in the moon
(I’m sure that it’s a woman)

What would wear
If it’s cold up there?
Would you wear shorts
Or sweaters
Or coats made of hair?
Of hair? Bleah!

But how would you get there?
You haven’t told me that
How do you know you’ll get there
For a fact?
For a fact

Maybe it’s a dream
Or maybe it’s true
But if you ever get there
You know what to do
To play and eat
And to build a zoo

I really hope to go with you
If you want me to

Come fly away
In a blue balloon
Up to the moon
Fly high away
In a blue balloon
Gonna visit the man in the moon

(repeat last section 2 x)

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* 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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