Oz in the News 4.8.11

THEATRE REVIEW: The Wizard of Oz at Royal Court Liverpool The show opened in Kansas with a barnstorming music and dance version of Cotton Eyed Joe seguing into the Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling. It wasn’t the Kansas we knew any more.  Star of the show is comedy veteran Bobby Davro, making his first appearance as Hay-Man, a sort of high-energy Forrest Gump.  The gags flew thick and fast – sample: “I went into PC world this morning – you have to watch what you say in there”.

Starz Animation Toronto, Multiple Media Entertainment, And Gigapix Studios Announce The Commencement Of Production Of An Adaptation Of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz” The film is budgeted at $20 million with Michael Taylor and Drew Craig of MME Executive Producing.  The deal was brokered by Starz Animation’s EVP Jeff Young.  The script was penned by Connor Pritchard (co-creator of the new Comedy Central series Workaholics).  According to Taylor, “Coming off the tremendous job that Starz Animation Toronto did on the hit CG animated feature film Gnomeo and Juliet, they were undeniably the place to go for world class production talent and experience to execute on such an internationally known and beloved property like OZ.” Young adds, “We’re thrilled to now step into the producing role and maximize the strength of our studio on all levels.” Young continued, “Creatively, the OZ3D project is hilarious, perfect for the modern audience and at the same time is respectful of the underlying material.”

BWW Interviews: END OF THE RAINBOW’s Stephen Hagan Everybody who’s seen the play will know Mickey Deans as Judy Garland’s fiancé, but he was actually a very good jazz pianist himself, and he was very musically minded, which isn’t really touched upon in the play. He still kept trying to get vaudeville theatres up and running again, with variety acts, which is something nobody knows about, so obviously he didn’t do a very good job of it. He seems quite cocky, quite arrogant, in the sense that he thought he could bring Judy Garland back to being the big star that she was. But when she was in the state she was in at the end of her life, it’s very hard to change someone.



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