Monthly Archives: December 2010

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Wishing all of our readers a very happy and prosperous New Year!  From all your Ozzy friends!

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Oz in the News 12.29.10

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Over the Rainbow might be my last TV casting show “We’ve added four new songs because it didn’t have anything for either of the witches or the wizard. There is a slightly longer opening sequence and we’ve gone back to an ending that is closer to the book than the film was. I’m not going to give it away, but a lot of fans of the film have always quibbled with the ending (when Dorothy wakes up and realises it was all a dream). In the book Oz is a real place.”

Oz in the News 12.27.10

Artist Michael Caines’ view: Karl Rove in a dress It’s hard to walk past the window of Manhattan gallery Mulherin Pollard Projects without stopping to admire Karl Rove, dressed as Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz.”  In a painting titled “Perfect Happiness,” the former senior adviser to President George W. Bush wears a blue gingham dress and ruby slippers as he (she?) stands in a lush nighttime garden with one arm around the neck of a Bambi-like fawn.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE WIZARD OF OZ in US Television Casting Talks Webber says “A couple of the networks in the US have wanted to build something around what I do on TV, and I think with Oz something is definitely going to happen there. The X Factor juggernaut is going to be huge there next year but other networks are looking for something to go against it. Once we’ve found a Dorothy in the US, my instinct is to open the show in Kansas [Dorothy’s home].”

Nike X (I)D Ruby Red Sneakers Designer Lauren Tennenbaum of (In)DecorousTaste fame, was contacted by Nike to rebuild a pair of running shoes with a skies the limit ceiling on creativity and out-there-ness. The result you see here….a tribute as it turns out to Dorothy from “Wizard Of Oz” and the imagined conclusion that she would have fared better in footwear more nimble than a pair of pumps.

Wizard of Ahhh! Catch burlesque ‘Friends of Dorothy’ at Galapagos next week This makeover of L. Frank Baum’s classic, a hit at the last Fringe Festival, may be campy, but it still follows the famous Dorothy, though the tornado transports her from Kansas to the land of Bras, where she and The Cowardly Pussy, a rapping Tin Man and aerialist Scarecrow, battle the Wicked Bitch of the West to prevent her treasured Ruby Red pasties from falling into the wrong hands.

Kara Patterson column: Fox Valley artists asked to step up for ‘Most Wicked Shoes’ project Coventry Glassworks & Gallery has issued a call for art from the community to decorate, manipulate or remake old shoes in the spirit of the ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” Entries, from both individuals and groups, can use either a single shoe or a pair of matched or mismatched shoes. Coventry will supply shoes to those who need them.

Oz in the News 12.25.10

Jack Black is fan of Wizard movie Jack has revealed he is a huge fan of family films, adding the classic 1939 movie about a young girl called Dorothy – played by Judy Garland – who wakes up in the Land of Oz, pleases him like no other.  “My favourite? Well obviously The Wizard of Oz,” he told Cover Media at a press conference for his latest movie.

Kristin Chenoweth’s Year On Twitter: Star Dishes on Wicked “by the time they do the wicked movie , I will be playong either a munchkin or madame morrible.”

Over the rainbow is a jackpot It was bound to happen. A woman named Dorothy won $2.9 million playing a “Wizard of Oz” slot machine, at Planet Hollywood. Afterward, she went right back to playing slots with her daughter, people at the casino said.  Just remember, Dorothy: A heart is not judged by how much money you win, but by how much money you give to others.

Silver Shoes & Green Spectacles: A Jazz Interpretation of The Wizard of Oz “Delightful madness…is how I would describe the experience of my role in the Riverwalk Jazz production of the Wizard. In a studio setting, holding on to the sound and vocal inflections of different characters would be challenging for any actor. But, in front of a live audience, playing all of the parts was sheer lunacy. Luckily, ‘The Landing’ crowd embraced the audacious fun that the band and I were having, and cheered us on to the end. For that, I’m still grateful.”

Munchkin Clarence Swensen to be remembered in Chittenango Dec. 29th, Swensen’s birthdate was declared Clarence Swensen Day in Chittenango after the longtime participant of the Chittenango Oz festivals passed away in 2009.

World Renowned Professor Presents “The Wizardry of Oz: L. Frank Baum” The J.E. Broyhill Civic Center of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will welcome Dr. Elliot Engel to the stage for his presentation on “The Wizardry of Oz: L. Frank Baum” on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will explore the life of L. Frank Baum and the reasons for the enduring fame of his classic American fairy tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

Oz in the News 12.22.10

Anne Hathaway’s ‘sensitive’ Judy Garland project She told BBC Radio Four’s Front Row she hoped production would start in the next two years.  “It’s a very sensitive project and there have been so many stories told about her life that we’re really trying to get it right.  So we’ve taking our time with it. I know it seems like it’s sort of an endless process but it’s very, very slow incremental steps.  I had a meeting about it a couple of weeks ago and we’re all very motivated.”

Oz in the News 12.21.10

THE WIZ Blu-ray Review The Wiz doesn’t really knock it out of the park as a musical.  But as a movie?  As– more specifically– an oddity?  Man, does it work.  You’re watching Michael Jackson– back when he was actually black– prancing around as the Scarecrow.   Richard-effing-Pryor is The Wizard who is first represented on-screen as a giant, fire-spewing metal face?  The friggin’ thing was written by Joel Schumacher (and, come to think of it, I think I see a little of The Wiz in Batman and Robin, at least in terms of obnoxious costuming on extras), for Chrissakes.  The Flying Monkeys of the original are now a motorcycle gang.  It’s just bizarre, and on that basis I would wholeheartedly recommend it.

Young performer wins role in The Wizard of Oz A young performer is celebrating after winning a role in the West End musical The Wizard of Oz.  Ava Merson-O’Brien, nine, impressed a panel of judges including Arlene Phillips during the audition process and sailed through to get the part of a Munchkin, the Burnley Citizen reports.

Oz in the News 12.19.10

Beyond the Printed Page: Robert Sabuda is the superstar of the modern pop-up book Unlike e-books, a well-loved movable book may eventually be too pooped to pop.  The Wizard of Oz opens with a cyclone that rises nine inches from the page and whirls around with a dowel and a string. Sabuda fans often bring that book to his in-store signings.  “It’s not unusual that when I open it, there’s no cyclone, or sometimes just a string, and yet they bring that book,” he observes. And that moves him. “It means it’s important, it’s made an impression and it’s had a life of its own in your life,” Sabuda adds. “You just can’t get that with an e-reader.”