Oz in the News 7.3.22

Bacchus House: Wizard of Oz Exhibit Julissa Ortiz is in Folsom at the Bacchus House and if you like The Wizard of Oz, they have a big exhibit for you to see!

Oz in the News 7.2.22

That Time When Liberace Annoyed Andrea McArdle with a Recycled Birthday Gift Andrea said he was always so sweet. As a matter of fact, he threw her a Sweet 16 birthday party. Andrea did become slightly annoyed when he gave her something he already owned as her birthday present. She had played Judy Garland in the TV movie Rainbow, and the gift was an homage to that role. Initially, she thought it was so cheap of him to “recycle” a gift, until her mother explained how crazy expensive it was. Liberace had given her a ring that was a jeweled carriage encircled with diamonds. When you opened the carriage, inside there were ruby slippers. Holy college tuition! When her mother explained to her how valuable the ring was she immediately took it from Andrea for safekeeping. Quite frankly, Andrea has ADD, like me, and, like me, loses everything. That ring has been sitting in a safety deposit box since the 1980s and Andrea’s totally onboard with that choice!

Oz in the News 6.29.22

‘Wicked’ Songwriter Stephen Schwartz on Why the Movie Must Be a Two-Parter: Nothing Can Follow ‘Defying Gravity’ “The truth is we tried for some time to make it one movie, even if it had to be one very long movie. But we kept running into two problems. The first is that even as a very long single movie, it required us cutting or omitting things that we wanted to include and that we think fans of the show and the story will appreciate. Secondly, we found it very difficult to get past ‘Defying Gravity’ without a break. That song is written specifically to bring a curtain down, and whatever scene to follow it without a break just seemed hugely anti-climactic. So, for these two reasons, plus the excitement of doing something that’s never been done before with a musical, we have decided to do two movies. Of course, when it’s all done, if it doesn’t work that way, we’ll have to figure something out. But we strongly believe that this is what’s best for our story, our show, and our fans.”

Oz in the News 6.27.22

Statesville artist paints new mural for Oz’s Jewelers; Wizard of Oz themed with a spin There’s a yellow brick road and the face of a familiar dog on the side of Oz’s Jewelers in Hickory. Owners Oz and Brenda Hefner hired Statesville artist Joey Dill to paint a Wizard-of-Oz-themed mural on the right side of their Springs Road building. The mural features a yellow brick road that Dill painted with metallic gold paint linking the color to gold jewelry. The dog featured in the mural is not Toto. His name is Chaco and he belongs to the Hefners. In the mural, he sits on a basket and is wearing a gold-and-ruby-faceted collar. The mural also features the Emerald City off in the distance with gemstone filled trees lining the golden path. To the left side of the painting, there are ruby slippers sitting on a golden path. The Hefners said they wanted a mural for their business for a while and they gave Dill their Wizard of Oz idea and she ran with it. “We wanted to bring some sunshine to Springs Road,” Brenda Hefner said. She added, “If you’re grumpy, go out and look at the wall.”

Oz in the News 6.25.22

Land of Oz opens ticket sales for ‘Wizard of Oz Festival’ in September The 1970s theme park carved into the naturally magical landscape atop Beech Mountain has been a draw for families for decades. Out of commission since 1980, it reopens for a select few weekends each year, allowing visitors a chance to explore iconic childhood memories like the yellow brick road, Dorothy’s house, the Wicked Witch’s castle, the haunted forest and the majestic gates of Oz. Only open for three weekends in September, the experience is often in high demand – with tickets often selling out quickly. This autumn, access to the park will be available on Sept. 9-11, 16-18 and 23-25. General admission tickets are priced at $55 according to the website. Children under 2 are free admission. The website also offers an Over the Rainbow experience on the Observation Deck, as well as a Scenic Lift Ride, which the website says lasts 12 minutes and takes “a trip into the clouds, to the front gates of the park.”

The Grooms Embraced Rainbows, Drag, and The Wizard of Oz at Their Pennsylvania Wedding To kick off the weekend, they hosted a rehearsal dinner at Fallingwater, the iconic house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Here, they embraced their love of The Wizard of Oz by dressing in outfits inspired by Dorothy and the Tin Man created by Jackson Wiederhoeft. The outfits were filled with personal touches, like an embroidery of the couples’ dog instead of Toto, and the Tin Man’s clock heart set to 11:11, their lucky numbers. For speeches, they stood on a yellow brick road while guests enjoyed a vegan meal curated by brother-sister duo Robin and Jeffrey Selden at Naked Fig Catering.

Oz in the News 6.19.22

A “lost,” “too-scary” episode of Sesame Street has been uploaded to the internet “Lost” media comes in a lot of form—from those pieces (often from the days before TV episodes, for instance, were considered as anything more than disposable garbage) that got taped over or trashed, and are now well and truly gone, to those pieces of media that are simply hard to find or get to. As far as we can tell, the “lost” Wicked Witch episode of Sesame Street from 1976, in which Wizard Of Oz star Margaret Hamilton reprised her role as The Wicked Witch Of The West, has always fallen into the latter camp: Although never re-run or made available for home viewing, the episode has reportedly been archived, safe and sound, for years in the Library Of Congress. Still, for a long time, if you wanted to see an episode of Sesame Street so allegedly “scary” that Sesame Workshop was deluged with complaints from parents whose kids it freaked out, you were sort of out of luck; a low-quality recording of the episode popped up from time to time on YouTube, but if you really wanted to see Hamilton menace Northern Calloway’s David in all her verdant glory, you’d have to go to the Library, or wait for an event like 2019’s “Sesame Street Lost And Found,” where writers for the show showed the episode at the Museum Of The Moving Image and discussed why it was pulled from rotation.

GSN Review: Oz in the News 6.16.22

Rare Stradivarius That Belonged to Einstein’s Teacher Fetches $15.3M at NYC Auction “Seidel owned the violin for nearly four decades, during which he performed with major orchestras, made numerous orchestral recordings, hosted a popular radio program and served as CBS Network’s musical director. He also recorded several early Hollywood film scores with this violin, including The Wizard of Oz (the plaintive “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”), Intermezzo, and Melody for Three, among others. Seidel befriended Albert Einstein, becoming his violin mentor and performing with Einstein in a benefit concert in New York in 1933, to aid German-Jewish scientists fleeing Nazi Germany.”

Wicked’s Idina Menzel Shares The ‘Honest Truth’ About How It Feels To Not Be Playing Elphaba In The Movie “People have been asking me this a lot, and I’m trying to give a really honest answer. And the answer is, yes, I’m very excited, and I know it’s in great hands and I’ve sent so much love to Cynthia and Ariana, and I’m there for them if they need me. And yes, I’m a little sad that I’m just older and can’t play the role, you know? And that’s the honest truth. I’d like to say I’m so valiant [and] I can’t wait, but it’s hard.”

Cynthia Erivo On Bonding With Ariana Grande For ‘Wicked,’ And The Future of Broadway Erivo will star alongside Ariana Grande, who will be playing Glinda the Good Witch. While the project isn’t set to start production until later this summer, Erivo revealed that she has been video chatting with her co-star to prepare for the highly-anticipated film. “I saw her a couple of months ago, we’ve been FaceTiming and talking,” Erivo told Variety on the red carpet. “I get to speak to her a lot now. We’re gonna be in each other’s lives for a bit.”

Why Return to Oz is the Most Faithful Wizard of Oz Adaptation The intention of the original novels was to not shy away from the truly horrific facts about the world, which made them more grounded and realistic, and therefore more appealing to their audience. While there is good in the world, the amount of bad that exists is never forgotten. Even in the original novel that The Wizard of Oz is based on, Dorothy wakes up one morning next to a pile of 40 dead wolves who had attacked them in the night – and were subsequently slayed, one at a time, by the Tin Woodman. And in the second Oz novel, the main character is sold into child slavery as a toddler, to prevent the witch Mombi from attacking a village. In the midst of such brutality and horror, the message of kindness in the books, and in the movie Return to Oz, shines through even more brightly because of the contrast. The final scene of the movie, when The Emerald City is back in all its green and glittering glory, is a stunning feat of both creativity and wonder. Each character in the large crowd feels unique and original, and the diversity and color of the scene harkens back to the 1939 film with its celebration. The joy is even more palpable after coming through the other side of such a twisted nightmare. The movie is as intense as the books are, and the happy sigh of relief at the end is like waking up from a nightmare that, while putting us through a wild ride, ends on a high note, with a message of hope that is all the more powerful after the oppressive darkness.

Oz in the News 6.13.22

La Quinta resident David Damian Figueroa, who has crusaded for the rights of farm workers, authors a Latino twist to a classic children’s tale Figueroa, who spent his early years in the agricultural fields with his Mom, has taken his life in a variety of directions including activist, community organizer, storyteller, poet, filmmaker, and music producer. The latest mission for Figueroa is the publication of his second book, El Oz, a children’s tale that also features a strong female character, Dolores, in an Hispanic adventure that pays homage to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was published in 1900 and the first in a series of Oz books by L. Frank Baum. It was later renamed The Wizard of Oz in later reprints.

Oz in the News 6.10.22

‘Lynch/Oz’ Film Review: ‘Blue Velvet’ Meets the Yellow Brick Road in Fascinating Documentary For better and worse, the 109-minute essay doc “Lynch/Oz” often feels like an anthology of thematically-connected shorts, all of which concern American filmmaker David Lynch and his recurring fascination with the classic 1939 movie adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz.” In Dorothy and Oz, Lynch seems to have found totemic symbols for his own dual longing for and resistance to nostalgia-friendly symbols of Americana and the repressed darkness that lurks around every corner, even within ourselves. The suggestive nature of Lynch’s imagistic projects does a lot of the heavy lifting here, since so much of “Lynch/Oz” asks us to re-watch Lynch’s movies through its different narrators’ eyes.

Oz in the News 6.9.22

Get a first look at three new Wizard Of Oz-inspired posters Artist Jennifer Dionisio has created regular and variant editions of her own Wizard Of Oz tribute, featuring Garland as iconic heroine Dorothy Gale. Dionisio has previously developed images for Jack White’s Fear Of The Dawn, Criterion Collection’s release of the Humphrey Bogart film High Sierra, and a Mondo print honoring Marvel’s WandaVision. Irish artist Alan Hynes, who has created Mondo prints for John Carpenter’s film They Live and his soundtrack for Halloween III: Season Of The Witch, also designed a Wizard Of Oz poster capturing a stylized version of the landscape of Oz.

Harry Potter designers making exhibit based on classic children’s books The creative team which brought the Harry Potter movies to life are reuniting for an ambitious new exhibit in Scotland, where attendees will be able to immerse themselves into classic children’s books. Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, the people behind MinaLima, are quoted in the Daily Record as saying, “Our first foray into illustrating children’s classic tales was the enchanted world of Peter Pan – we have since re-imagined eight further fairytales – so it is fitting that we should create our first interactive exhibition at Moat Brae, the home of children’s storytelling.” “[Through an] immense sensory exploration of the journey of each timeless story and its characters – including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; The Little Mermaid by Hans Christina Andersen; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum; Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi and Peter Pan by JM Barrie – these classic tales of literature will continue to beguile children and adults alike.”