Monthly Archives: January 2011

Oz in the News 1.30.11

Andrew Lloyd Webber is halted on his Yellow Brick Road by health and safety officials Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber wants to celebrate the opening of his new show at the London Palladium on March 1 by transforming the road outside the theatre into the mythical highway.  But Westminster Council officials have ordered a risk assessment amid fears that theatre-goers could slip on the finished paintwork.

Red Sparkly Shoe Tribute to “The Wizard of Oz” The Paramount Arts Center will celebrate the 80th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz” with the live musical March 10. But on Feb 7, women and girls are invited to participate in a tribute by wearing an icon from the filmed production.  Jenny Holmes of the Paramount writes in her blog that “national Red Sparkly Shoe Day” invites girls of all ages who believe red slippers can make anything happen to wear a pair on that day and click their heels.

Oz in the News 1.29.11

Actress, stunt player and Mobile native Elizabeth Barrington dies Her credits include roles in the films “Under the Rainbow” and “House,” the television movie “The Dreamer of Oz” and the TV series “Seinfeld.”  Her husband, Jerry Marenghi, who was billed on screen and known to fans as Jerry Maren, is one of only four surviving “Munchkins” from the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.” He and Elizabeth Barrington were married in 1975.

Turandot by Shanower “I’m about to start adapting the fourth book in the Oz series, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz. These Marvel Comics Oz adaptations have been really popular. I’ve been an Oz fan ever since I was six years old and have worked on countless Oz comics and books before this Marvel Comics Oz series, so it’s pretty much business as usual to be working with this material. For these adaptations of the Oz books, I don’t try at all to make them my own. I just adapt the books as L. Frank Baum wrote them.”

Oz in the News 1.28.11

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Danielle Hope Set For BBC1’s The One Show 1/28 Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Wizard Of Oz’s “Dorothy” Danielle Hope are set to speak on BBC1’s The One Show this Friday January 28th.  The two will be discussing the show, which has begun rehearsals at the London Palladium. The first show preview is set for February 7.  Hope will be interviewed direct from her dressing room, along with her little dog too.


Attilio Alfred di Scipio, 83 While at The Singer Company from 1963 to 1970 as group vice president and CEO of the Consumer Products Group, he reached the milestone of 1MM sewing machine units. He sponsored the “Wizard of Oz” TV broadcast as a tribute to Judy Garland and commissioned a Norman Rockwell portrait of Garland as Dorothy, which he presented to the Judy Garland Medical Library at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital.

Oz in the News 1.27.11

The Wizard Of Oz: Burlesque Style You probably didn’t make it to New York to see “Friends of Dorothy,” a “Wizard of Oz”-inspired burlesque cabaret at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, New York but luckily Smosh-pit photographer Erich Harvey Brown did! Check out these awesome pics from the show!

The Film Connoisseur takes on The Wizard of Oz “inally, they reach the Emerald City, a city said to be the home to The Wizard of Oz. When they get there they discover that no one is supposed to see the all powerful Oz. The Guardian of the Emerald City Gates tells them “The Wizard? But nobody can see the great Oz! Nobody’s ever seen the Great Oz! Even I’ve never seen him!” This kind of reminds me of how no one is supposed to see God. Actually, the bible says that whoever sees God will die right where they stand. That quote spoken by The Guardian of the Emerald City Gates also reminds me of how no matter how much you think you know about the bible, truth is you have never seen God, or an angel, or a demon. Its all in your head, same as Oz is in Dorothy’s head. She’s dreaming the whole thing. Oz only exists in her mind.”

Oz in the News 1.26.11

The Whiz – Created and performed by nichoas leichter dance Ease on down the road to recession and back from the brink of fantasy in Nicholas Leichter and Monstah Black’s take on “The Wiz/ard of Oz” for the Obama generation. Featuring choreography by Leichter, and a commissioned adapted score by Black with added musical selections, The Whiz is a full-spectrum original show of song, dance, and theatrical extravagance. The work showcases an array of different dance, performance, and music styles – house, funk, postmodern, drag, hip-hop, contemporary, and psychedelic – which traverse a landscape of hopes, fears, dreams, and home. Whether exploring race and gender, the relationship between dancers, or between street and traditional dance styles, the movement evokes a cultivated culture clash. “Leichter hears the beat of the moment, and renders it into hot but human modern dance.”

Road to ‘Oz’ may lead Johnny Depp to Michigan Michigan’s biggest Hollywood movie project yet — a $105-million production at a huge new studio in Pontiac — has won approval for a $40-million tax credit that alone comprises more than 60% of all credits for 26 projects approved in the last six months of 2010.  Many signs hint that the movie is “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” a Disney prequel to the classic “Wizard of Oz” with Michigan native Sam Raimi directing and Johnny Depp negotiating for the lead role.

Oz in the News 1.23.11

Springfield author carries on legacy of Oz Roger Baum did not start off following in his great-grandfather’s footsteps. He’s had a slew of jobs from salesman to emergency medical technician to stockbroker.  He had dabbled in writing when one night in 1987, a friend challenged him to write an Oz book and said he would illustrate it.  “And I thought, it’s a little presumptuous,” he says.

Thousands Audition for Wizard of Oz in Iceland Approximately 4,000 children and teenagers went to Reykjavík City Theater on Wednesday to register for auditions for the theater’s upcoming staging of the musical The Wizard of Oz.  The theater is looking for 20-30 kids for parts as extras, such as monkeys, children and munchkins which the main character Dorothy runs into in her travels around the magical world of Oz, Fréttabladid reports.

Oz in the News 1.22.11

Emerald City Grill closes its doors in Chittenango Even the Wizard himself couldn’t mend the economic woes of the village’s downtown businesses, which struggled as the reconstruction of Route 5 reduced village’s main drag to gravel and downsized the annual Oz parade.  The project outfitted Chittenango with its own yellow brick road, but routed traffic away from downtown businesses for close to two years.  “Now it looks beautiful, but it is hard to come back from that,” she said.  Oz Cream, where a small ice cream cone was known as a “Munchkin,” closed its doors in 2006. The following year saw the departure of Auntie Em’s Place, which failed to reopen after a fire.

‘Fairly Legal’ season premiere: Lawyers and cross-dressers and ‘Wizard of Oz’ references, oh my! The show had enough eccentric elements (like the constant references to The Wizard of Oz) to make me want to take another look. However, as a Bay Area native, I have to note that the show’s portrayal of San Francisco is extremely silly — except for the constant (greenscreened) shots of the Transamerica Pyramid and an out-of-nowhere cross-dressing plot twist, the show might as well be set in Anytown, USA. (Or, more to the point, Vancouver.)

My Fair Wedding Season 4 Episode 4 Wizard of Oz David Tutera has created countless classic themed weddings in his career as a designer, but his latest bride Aime and her fiancé wish to have a Wizard of Oz-themed wedding. This will create a challenge for David like he has never seen before. From poinsettia centerpieces and giant lollipops, to homemade red glitter ruby slippers and a construction paper yellow brick road runner, David must take Aime’s wedding from kitschy to classy in record time. And with Emerald City an iconic element in Aime’s theme, green is the main color in this bride’s nuptial landscape – a color at the top of David’s “Distasteful” list! David makes changes from top to bottom…and one which unknowingly will put him and his bride in jeopardy!