Oz in the News 3.30.11

Lady Gaga given Judy Garland’s ruby red slippers Lady Gaga received Judy Garland’s original ruby red slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ movie for her 25th birthday on Tuesday.  The ‘Born This Way’ singer revealed the present meant so much to her because she lost out to playing the role of Dorothy to a high school bully when she was younger and the generous gift showed her how far she had come since then.  She explained: “Little did they know that I have a real background with these shoes.  “I will never forget it because I wanted to be Dorothy so bad. I was in 8th grade and she was a senior. I definitely deserved to get it, but I didn’t get it. On behalf of myself and all of those bullied around the world, now these f**king ruby slippers are mine.”

Twenty–Six One–Hour Episodes of CBS Television’s “The Judy Garland Show” Offered By Darryl Payne Films This historic collection of 26 one-hour-long episodes includes an unprecedented list of guests – including Barbra Streisand, Mickey Rooney, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Ethel Merman, Bob Newhart, Donald O’Connor, Peggy Lee, Steve Allen, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, and Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli, among others. Judy Garland also performed solo concert performances as part of this amazing, wonderful TV show.

Off to see the Wiz! SPECTACULAR musical The Wizard of Oz is set to roll into Skegness next month as part of a UK-wide tour featuring one of the Dorothy hopefuls from the BBC’s smash show ‘Over the Rainbow’.  As well as the show’s semi-finalist Steph Fearon, the star-studded cast includes the like of entertainment legend Bobby Davro as the Scarecrow, and CBeebies star Sarah-Jane Honeywell as Glinda.

WIN: Pair of Tickets To BAFTA Event With Games Developer Behind YOOSTAR 2 Obsessed With Film have teamed up with BAFTA to give away a pair of tickets to a very special Q & A with Games Developers Phillip and Andrew Oliver from Blitz Games Studios to discuss the creation of Yoostar 2, a cool looking ‘movie karaoke’ game for Kinect and PS3.  Featuring iconic scenes from acclaimed films and TV series – including The Godfather, Rocky, The Wizard Of Oz, Mad Men and Grease – Yoostar 2 allows players to recreate classic performances, acting alongside or replacing Hollywood’s biggest stars.  The event takes place on Monday 4th April, 18.30pm at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN.


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