Oz in the News 2.26.11

James Franco Closing Disney Deal For ‘Oz: The Great And Powerful’ While James Franco and Anne Hathaway have been busy pulling it together to host Sunday’s Oscarcast, Franco’s CAA reps and Disney have closed his deal to play the title role in Oz: The Great and Powerful. That puts the film on track to begin production in July, with Franco reuniting with his Spider-Man director Sam Raimi in the prequel to the L. Frank Baum novel that was scripted by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Joe Roth is producing.

Photo Flash: First Look at THE WIZARD OF OZ in London! Audiences are following the yellow brick road over the rainbow to see Danielle Hope, winner of BBC TV’s Over the Rainbow, play Dorothy at The London Palladium, the capital’s home of the family musical. Here is a first look at the production which began previews on February 7th and which opens next week in London!

Lorna Luft Joins All-Star Lineup for NY Pops Celebration of Judy Garland, 3/11 Fifty years after her legendary Carnegie Hall debut, The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke  pay tribute to Hollywood icon Judy Garland on Friday, March 11 at 8:00 PM, with a song-for-song re-creation of the 1961 performance referred to by so many as “the greatest night in show business history”. Reineke has announced the newest addition to the concert’s lineup of stunning artists, acclaimed entertainer – and daughter of Judy Garland – Lorna Luft. Ms. Luft will take the stage of Carnegie Hall as a Special Guest Star alongside the previously announced trio of Broadway luminaries – Mary Poppins star Ashley Brown, Grammy Award-winner Heather Headley  and West Side Story’s Karen Olivo – in this vibrant revival of the historic concert, which features signature Garland favorites such as “Over the Rainbow”, “The Trolley Song”, “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “The Man That Got Away”.

Hollywood Royalty in Beverly Hills: The Paul Gregory-Janet Gaynor Collection at Heritage Auctions Gregory and Gaynor’s 20-year marriage was a true love affair built upon an enduring friendship. Before Gregory, Gaynor was married to Adrian (1903-1959), one of Hollywood’s most talented costume designers, best remembered for the magical garments he conceived for The Wizard of Oz (1939) – the munchkin clothes, the ruby slippers, and Dorothy’s gingham dress were all his – and for dressing Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford (for whom he created the padded shoulder look). Paul and Adrian had been close friends as well, and Adrian’s premature death from complications stemming from an insect bite at his ranch in Brazil was also a huge blow to Paul.

Off to see the wizard: Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope makes Dorothy debut with Michael Crawford ‘Yes, there is criticism of reality shows that create stars, but in this case it seems acceptable because the part calls for a very young actress who might not have been discovered any other way.  And, yes, Over The Rainbow  –  the TV show that found Danielle  –  was obviously a great plug for The Wizard Of Oz itself. But surely anything that gets audiences into the theatre in this day and age is to be applauded. It’s great that Danielle already has people who watched her journey on that show now rooting for her in The Wizard Of Oz. I hope all of them will come along to see her.’

 

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