Oz in the News 3.24.11

Tribute to Yip Harburg displays lyricist’s mastery of humor and sentiment “Look to the Rainbow: The Lyrics of Yip Harburg,” the current revue at Quality Hill Playhouse, showcases some of the man’s finest work, from the opening rendition of “It’s Only a Paper Moon” (“it’s only a paper moon sailing over a cardboard sea, but it wouldn’t be make believe if you believed in me”) to the finale, an a cappella reading of “Over the Rainbow” (“somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true”).

New costume exhibit at Indy’s children’s museum The Wicked Witch’s hat from “The Wizard of Oz,” Batman’s bat suit and Darth Vader’s cape and helmet are on display at the new “Incredible Costumes From Film and TV” exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Running through May 8, the exhibit explores the role costumes play in storytelling on big and small screens alike. Special character appearances are scheduled for Saturday and April 2 and 9. Visitors can play dress up and test their acting chops on a child-sized movie set; childrensmuseum.org.

Original Oz musical in production

An original script will unfold on the stage at Acting-A-Part, on Woodport Road in Sparta, this May as students from all over Sussex County — and some from as far away as Pennsylvania — perform “A Wiz of a Wonderful Wicked Wizard of Oz.”  “We wanted our students to not only see and appreciate the entire Oz sequence, but also become familiar with both Wicked and The Wiz,” said the theater’s owner, Sparta resident, Erika Lupo. “Everything from the dialog on out is original.”  The production will touch on highlights from each of the three Oz musicals and include about 12 different songs.

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