Oz in the News 4.23.11

iBook Review: Oz by ArseyBee Productions  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, finds a new home on the iPad this month. Illustrated with the original drawings by William Wallace Denslow; this abridged version of the story looks truly beautiful on the iPad’s screen. The shortened version is very true to the original story, and it will serve as a terrific introduction to the world of Oz for a new generation of readers. Parents can read the story to the very young, and more experienced readers will enjoy discovering the story for themselves.  Each page is bordered with clouds (presumably to remind us that we are indeed in Oz beyond the clouds) and many of the pages contain the beautiful illustrations that Denslow drew for the 1st edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz back in the late 1890s.

‘Wizard of Oz’ is back on Sunday television  You’ll be continuing a tradition that started at 8 p.m. Nov. 3, 1956. Jealous of the success NBC had enjoyed with its broadcasts of “Peter Pan” with Mary Martin in 1955 and 1956, CBS was looking for its own blockbuster. After MGM turned down a request to air “Gone With the Wind,” CBS paid $225,000 — a huge amount in those days — for the right to televise the film and, if successful, to rebroadcast it.  Turns out, successful didn’t begin to describe the response. Shown on an expanded “Ford Star Jubilee,” an estimated 45 million tuned in to watch the beloved L. Frank Baum children’s tale.

Judy: The Musical, Starring Disney’s Belle, Paige O’Hara, Is Moving, If Uneven  O’Hara claims to have been profoundly inspired by Garland even before she, too, became best known for portraying an innocent young woman in a cult classic. And she channels the affectionate, darkly humorous, insecure diva just deliciously, including in song, where she trembles, rasps, and belts with all the charm and most of the rich, brassy pathos of the original.

Red Cross dinner heads to Oz  Held in the cavernous expo center upstairs from the Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Caruso was able to create a playful landscape that featured Dorothy’s house, the twister that carries her to Oz, and a Yellow Brick Road that beckoned guests to the Emerald City that was the green-clad dining area.

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