Oz in the News 5.26.11

‘YellowBrickRoad’ Movie Review  First-time writers-directors Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton have crafted an intriguing setup that plays like both a campfire ghost story and a tragic social commentary: a neglected, post-Depression small town full of individuals with few options who seek a better life “down the road” and meet with a horrific fate — quite unlike Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

King lands coveted role in ‘Oz’  11-year-old thesp Joey King has landed the coveted role of China Girl in Disney’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful.”  King, best known for playing Ramona in last year’s “Ramona and Beezus,” recently booked a supporting role in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” Thesp stars in NBC’s Amanda Peet series “Bent” and will soon be seen in “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” which Warner Bros. releases July 29.

‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ gets release date: March 8… 2013  Hold on to your ruby slippers. Disney confirmed to EW that Sam Raimi’s upcoming prequel to The Wizard of Oz, called Oz: The Great and Powerful won’t be flying into theaters until March 8, 2013.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE WIZARD OF OZ Cast Recording Gets US Release June 28th  The 2011 London Palladium cast recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stunning new production of The Wizard Of Oz is currently available digitally and will be in stores June 28th through Decca Broadway in America. This 24 track set includes all the much-loved songs from the Oscar-winning movie score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, plus new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Wicked star Don Amendolia is off to be the Wizard  “One of the first and strongest memories I had as a toddler was being stood up in a chair and being dressed in a one-piece sunsuit with ducks on it. It was a special thing; I’d never seen it before,” he relays to the Straight on a call from Spokane, Washington, on the eve of Wicked’s opening there. “Then the woman across the street and her daughter came over, and the two mothers took us to the movie theatre in our little town. I remember where we sat, I remember the cartoon before the movie—everything. One thing that scared me was the green witch.…What I do remember was the Wizard, although I couldn’t have told you he was the wizard at the time. That was a day I’ll never forget.”

Big Heads, Big Talent: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Head Show   Lafayette School perform play using enormous papier-mâché heads to depict the characters.


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