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!

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.”

Oz in the News 12.16.10

Stop-Motion Wizard of Oz Flick In The Works Vanguard Films is the economic force behind Oz Wars and Variety is reporting that the company has tapped stop-motion animation veteran Mike Johnson (who co-directed Corpse Bride with Tim Burton) to direct the pic. The plan is to use state-of-the-art stop-motion software to complete the project at a cheap cost and that task will be all the more feasible with an experienced artist like Johnson at the helm. Production is expected to get underway soon, with the Oz Wars script being already complete.

Lorna Luft Comes To Feinstein’s FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed “Best of New York” by New York Magazine, and “an invaluable New York institution” by The New York Post, opens its 2011 season with the debut engagement of acclaimed entertainer Lorna Luft from Tuesday, January 4 to Sunday, January 9. In “Songs My Mother Taught Me: The Judy Garland Songbook,” Ms. Luft melds one of the world’s most familiar songbooks with personal memories of a loving daughter. The show, which Variety called “a rousing, dramatically riveting musical event,” was awarded two Los Angeles Theatre Alliance Ovation Awards and the Los Angeles Times called her performance “heart-stopping and thrilling. An incandescent revelation not to be missed.”

Debby Ryan is Dorothy of Kettlecorn! Check out The Suite Life on Deck cast all dressed up like the cast of The Wizard of Oz!  There’s a three-part episode coming up and JJJ has all the details for you.


Oz in the News 12.14.10

Fascinated with Judy Garland Charles Triplett’s love of Judy Garland started at a young age. He can remember watching “The Wizard of Oz” for the first time when he was only 6 years old in 1966. Garland has stayed with him ever since.  “I liked the movie, but I liked the girl, too,” Triplett said. “I asked my mother who played her, and she said ‘Judy Garland.’ A few years later, her photo was in the paper, and I cut it out.”

Land of Oz: Yellow Brick Road leads to Olive Branch You realize at the front door you’re not in Kansas, ah, Olive Branch anymore. You have entered the Land of Oz.  “Get back, Toto,” Dale Dickerson says to the marbled dog that begins backing away from the open entrance.  Dickerson, a city alderman, is so nuts about “The Wizard of Oz” that he named his 12-year-old dog after the one owned by the character Dorothy.  Toto, a little large for a cairn terrier, follows Dickerson to “the Oz room.” His collection is relegated to this space.

Liza Minnelli reminisces about her parents on TCM’s ‘Private Screenings’ Saturday night Liza Minnelli is getting her second major appearance on TV in four days thanks to TCM and its host extraordinaire Robert Osborne.  She is back Sunday evening to reminisce about her parents actress Judy Garland and producer/director Vincente Minnelli. Osborne has known Minnelli for more than 40 years. He has wanted to do this “Private Screenings” for a long time but there were some challenges. TCM,  for instance, doesnt have a lot of Garland’s films in the library and it costs money to screen them, he said. And he said he’s sometimes shy asking friends to talk to him on camera. “I don’t want people to avoid me!” he said. “That’s always been a hang up of mine. I was delighted she was willing to come on.”

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ Follow the Yellow Brick Road to “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. It all started with a book. In 1900, the publication of L. Frank Baum’s book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” caused a national sensation that led to13 sequels over the next 20 years. This timeless tale has been brought to life in many forms, and now a colorful traveling exhibition is a larger than life pop-up book that dazzles the eyes and stimulates the mind, while instilling a love of reading and storytelling.

Christmas-infused ‘Wizard of Oz’ to be performed at Summerlin Library The Christmas twist on the children’s tale includes a snow blizzard instead of a tornado, a snowman instead of the Scarecrow, a toy soldier instead of the Tin Man and a stuffed lion toy instead of the Cowardly Lion.  “Although I bought the script online (for the play), we made it our own,” said CreativArts owner and artistic director Kristena Stringer. “We made it fit what our needs were.”

Oz in the News 12.12.10

Yellow brick road through garden centre will lead to pot of cash for Dorothy DOROTHY and friends have set up home at a garden centre in a bid to help raise funds for a hospice appeal. Shoppers at Abbey Garden Centre in Titchfield have bumped into the Scarecrow and Tin Man, and come across famous scenes from the movie classic The Wizard of Oz, such as the yellow brick road and Emerald Green City.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ meets Santa in unique musical Dorothy, played by Ashleigh Votava, is still Dorothy in this production, although she wears ruby snow boots instead of her famous ruby slippers during her quest for the Wizard – who is Santa Claus. The Scarecrow is portrayed as Frosty the Snowman; the Tin Man is the Nutcracker; and the Cowardly Lion is the Snow Monster.