Oz in the News 11.15.18

There’s no place like home for ‘Ruby Slippers’ production “Ruby Slippers,” a creative collaboration through the University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance Department, explores what happened the night Judy Garland’s ruby slippers were stolen from a museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The production will run Nov. 19 and 20. “I was trying to find a new story to develop and I did a Google search of the three … oddest things … that have happened [in Minnesota], and up pops this article about these ruby slippers that were stolen from the Judy Garland museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 2005,” said Luverne Seifert, the director of the show and a senior teaching specialist in the theatre arts and dance department. And so the idea for “Ruby Slippers” was born. The collaborators had six weeks to write the show and then six weeks to stage it. They drew heavily from the film “The Wizard of Oz,” as well as the TV series “Fargo” because of its focus on mystery and crime in Minnesota. They also tried to capture the grief of the community in Grand Rapids, like dialogue from an email written by a woman in Grand Rapids who was angry over the stolen slippers.

Oz in the News 11.9.18

‘Wizard of Oz’ draft scripts head for auction block A collection of draft scripts for “The Wizard of Oz” and other material from the archives of the 1939 film are going up for auction in December and could fetch up to $1.2 million. Los Angeles auctioneers Profiles in History said on Thursday four handwritten draft screenplays by Noel Langley were being sold. Langley, who died in 1980, was one of about a dozen screenwriters who worked on the big screen adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s children’s book that catapulted Judy Garland to fame and became an enduring movie classic. Langley’s first three original drafts, dated between April 5 and May 14, 1938, are being sold alongside a fourth draft of the screenplay, written by Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf, and a fifth draft from August 1938 by Langley. “It is the single most important manuscript in Hollywood history,” Brian Chanes, head of consignment at Profiles in History, told Reuters. Chanes said the more than 150 pages of handwritten manuscript notes and pages were “the genesis of ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” tracing its development and changes from first draft to the final version. Some 16 photos of special effects, including the tornado sequence that transports Garland’s Dorothy from Kansas to the magical land of Oz, will be included in the single lot. The archive is being sold by an anonymous private collector who bought it years ago from the late Los Angeles memorabilia collector, Forrest J. Ackerman, Chanes said. Profiles in History put an estimated sale value of $800,000 – $1.2 million on the archival material, which will be auctioned during its Hollywood memorabilia sale in Los Angeles from Dec. 11-14.

Oz in the News Alert: 20% Off Wonderful Winter of Oz Tickets & Trivia Contest!!!

Lythgoe Family Panto presents “The Wonderful Winter of Oz” live on stage at The Pasadena Civic, December 15 – 30, 2018.

This holiday season, take the whole family to see “The Wonderful Winter of Oz,” featuring Kermit the Frog® live on stage as the Powerful Wizard, Mackenzie Ziegler (Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and Dance Moms) as Dorothy, Tony Award-winner Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray) as Glinda, Phil LaMarr (Mad TV) as The Tin Man, and Jared Gertner (The Book of Mormon) as The Scarecrow.

This show is in the format of British Panto, featuring a modern, holiday version of the classic fairytale with pop music, “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni, comedy, audience participation, family-friendly magic and more!

Don’t miss the FREE Winter Wonderland experience one hour before each show in the lobby.

“The Wonderful Winter of Oz” is produced by Lythgoe Family Panto, known for their productions of “A Cinderella Christmas” starring Lauren Taylor, “Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight” starring Olivia Holt, and “A Snow White Christmas” starring Ariana Grande.

Save 20% on tickets with code OZ20.

Visit: thepasadenacivic.com or call the box office at (626) 449 – 7360.

To win a family four pack of tickets to the show, answer this trivia question: What Oz themed hit song did Kermit the Frog record in 1979?  Email your answer to OzPinhead@frodelius.com   One winner will be chosen randomly from correct responses. Contest ends at midnight on November 30th.

Oz in the News 11.5.18

Illustrator okama Gets Art Exhibit for Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland Books Illustrator and manga creator okama is releasing his version of L. Frank Baum‘s classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as the 11th volume of Kadokawa‘s 100 Nengo mo Yomareru Meisaku (Masterpieces You Can Read 100 Years Later) series on November 30. To celebrate the release, the “okama no Kaku Sekai Meisaku ‘Fushigi no Kuni no Alice’ ‘Oz no Mahōtsukai’-ten” (World Masterpieces That okama Draws: Alice in WonderlandThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz Exhibition) will be held at the GoFa gallery in Tokyo from December 8 to January 14. The 100 Nengo mo Yomareru Meisaku book series recreates classics of Japanese and Western literature with new art by Japanese illustrators. The books targeted at elementary school students feature “story guide manga,” color illustrations and posters, and guides for writing book reports. Before illustrating the series’ The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book, okama drew the series’ versions of Lewis Carroll‘s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass books. The books debuted simultaneously as the series’ first two titles in 2016.

Oz in the News 11.2.18

Could this Wizard of Oz-themed home in Missouri City be haunted? A metro woman has taken her love for “The Wizard of Oz” to the next level, decking out her home with hundreds of pieces of memorabilia. No, she doesn’t live in Kansas. Instead, Michelle Hamill lives off Main Street in Missouri City, Missouri. Hamill has always been captivated by “The Wizard of Oz,” and her collection of memorabilia proves it. The entire front half of her home, including a yellow brick sidewalk leading up to the front door, pays homage to the iconic movie all year round. Her collection started with a pin, featuring ruby red slippers, Hamill’s mother gave her as a toddler. Fifty years later, she now has hundreds of items including PEZ dispensers, books, jewelry, dolls, posters and even a few full-sized characters — all nestled in the entryway of her family’s two-story house. The foyer isn’t just filled with memorabilia, it’s also part of the house, built in 1853, where Hamill said a lot of spooky things have happened. “You can see things in passing that you’re not real sure of,” Hamill said. “When we moved into this house, some of the town left us notes on the door saying if you sit quietly in your entry hall, you can hear boots walking up and down the stairs.” Hamill mentioned a photo she snapped a while back near the front of the home. She didn’t notice anything off but said several folks point to a shadow in the doorway.

Oz in the News 10.31.18

We’re Off to See the Wizard! 7 Little Johnstons Family Unveils Wizard of Oz Halloween Costumes The 7 Little Johnstons family is not in Kansas anymore. Amber and Trent Johnston and their children Jonah, Anna, Elizabeth, Alex and Emma drew inspiration from The Wizard of Oz for their colorful Halloween costumes. Each family member took on a different role — including Dorothy in her blue gingham dress, the cowardly lion with an adorable mane, the tinman with his own special heart, the scarecrow with cute patches, Glinda with a regal wand, the Wicked Witch of the West in green face paint and the titular wizard in a top hat. The family even decked out the lawn with a decorative house plopped on the Wicked Witch of the East’s feet, a yellow brick road and the emerald gates of Oz.

Where Are the Original Cast Members of Broadway’s Wicked Now? For 15 years, Wicked has welcomed theatregoers to Oz. The musical spectacle features a star-studded cast singing Stephen Schwartz’s fantastical score, which has led to record-breaking grosses. (The Broadway production has broken the Gerswhin house record 24 times during its run.) A prequel to L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz based on the Gregory Maguire novel, the show focuses on the rivalry-turned-friendship between Elphaba (later known as the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda as classmates at Shiz University long before Dorothy’s arrival in Oz. Broadway has been changed for good since the opening of Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre in 2003, but what have the leading players of the show been up to since their departures?


Oz in the News 10.30.18

Theatre West and Artist Levi Ponce Celebrate Judy Garland in New Mural On Sunday, October 27th, Theatre West presented a beautiful new addition to the urban art landscape in Los Angeles with the unveiling of local artist Levi Ponce‘s latest mural featuring Judy Garland. Painted in full color and pictured with the Emerald City behind her, the portrait immortalizes one of the most beloved singers of all time in her signature role – Dorothy Gale from the classic 1939 MGM musical, THE WIZARD OF OZ. Drivers going south on the 101 freeway through the Cahuenga Pass will get a gorgeous view of the mural off to the right as they pass by the theater. Those familiar with the artist’s body of work will recognize his vivid images and unique style, one that has come to signify the very culture of Los Angeles.

Judy Garland’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ Ruby Red Rehearsal Slippers Coming to Auction on Invaluable “We have more than 250 items with impeccable provenance that represent many of the defining moments in entertainment history. We will, without question, make history on auction day,” said GWS Auctions founder Brigitte Kruse. “The Legends sale features some of the most memorable items ever worn, used or owned by the world’s biggest stars. It’s an important and fascinating chronicle of Hollywood and the music business and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to own a piece of history that touched us all,” Kruse added. On offer are the rare and unusual – movie costumes, personal clothing, photographs, signed contracts, stage worn costumes, jewelry, props, handwritten lyrics, musical instruments, awards, vehicles, ephemera, letters and more – even a burial plot in a cemetery of the stars. The Legends: Iconic Hollywood and Music Memorabilia auction is Nov. 3 at 10 p.m. PDT. Bids can be placed now or during the live auction on Invaluable.com.