Oz in the News 1.8.11

L. Frank Baum: The Wizard of Hollywood The mind that created Oz (named for the O-Z drawer of his filing cabinet) was not adept at business of any kind. (From 1888 to 1890, the Baums owned a general store in the Dakota Territory; even that potential goldmine failed.) The funds for Ozcot, and probably the Oz Film Manufacturing  Company, came out of Maud’s inheritance from her mother, the feminist Matilda Joslyn Gage, and her father, a merchant. Maud, a Cornell graduate, took up sewing to keep the family afloat as Baum veered in and out of debt.

TSO Pops to Show, Perform Wizard of Oz John Goberman, Emmy Award-winning producer of Live from Lincoln Center, is the creator of the acclaimed A Symphonic Night at the Movies, which presents Oz with Orchestra. Mr. Goberman explains: “It was an obvious choice. There’s music almost from beginning to end. It drives the film. It was composed specifically for the film shot by shot. It’s not music that sort of shows up every once in while. When you see Oz with Orchestra you’re watching the performance of a film, not a screening, because it has that energy coming off the stage.” Mr. Goberman notes also that it provides a rare opportunity to see The Wizard of Oz on the big screen instead of at home.

STAGE TUBE: Luft Talks New Show, Family On LX NY Celebrated performer Lorna Luft visited LX New York to talk family memories and her new show, “Songs My Mother Taught Me: The Judy Garland Songbook.”

Muskegon museum hosts ‘Super Tornado Saturday’ The museum hosts “Super Tornado Saturday.” Centered on the museum’s painting titled “Tornado Over Kansas,” Saturday’s events include screenings of the film “The Wizard of Oz.”  Special tours will give visitors a detailed look at the painting by American artist John Steuart Curry. And people will be able to make a tornado in a bottle as part of a hands-on project at the museum in western Michigan.


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