Oz in the News 1.14.11

Dorothy’s stand-in to serve as grand marshal at 2011 Oz-Stravaganza parade The actress who served as the stand-in for Judy Garland on the set of the 1939 “Wizard of Oz” will serve as grand marshal of the 2011 Oz-Stravaganza parade. Caren Marsh-Doll, 91, continued her career in Hollywood with films including “The Navajo Kid,” “Secrets of a Sorority Girl” and “Night and Day.” She also served as Garland’s dance stand-in for 1941’s “Ziegfield Girl.”  This year’s Oz-Stravaganza festival will be held June 3 to 5. The theme is “Celebrating Dorothy.”

JSP Records will release in late 2011 a box set of CDs to be called The Complete Judy Garland at Decca Records  1936-1947 This new Decca set will be the first time that all of Judy’s Decca recordings, including all of the alternates, will be released.  The 1994 “The Complete Decca Masters – Plus” was wonderful but did not include all of the alternates.  Technology has advanced so much in the past 17 years that a newly restored, comprehensive set of all of Judy’s Decca recordings is long overdue.

Guoman Hotels introduces Wizard of Oz Afternoon Tea Guoman Hotels, a chain of full service hotels in the UK, will launch a Wizard of Oz themed Afternoon Tea at The Royal Horseguards Hotel in London’s Whitehall.  The company said that it introducing this new tea in order to celebrate the launch of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz, which opens at the London Palladium in February.  The hotel has designed an exclusive Wizard of Oz afternoon tea menu. The Royal Horseguards’ Wizard of Oz Afternoon Tea has been designed by the hotel’s pastry chef Joanne Todd.

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