Oz in the News 7.3.11

Interview with John Meyer – Author of “Heartbreaker”  John Meyer is the author of the bestselling 1983 memoir Heartbreaker (Doubleday), republished in 2006 by Citadel Press, in which he recounts his experience with Judy Garland towards the end of her life. Meyer is also a composer of songs, including “I’d Like to Hate Myself in the Morning” and “It’s All for You,” both performed by Judy, and which are available on Meyer’s new CD, Bringin’ Out the Beast: Songs by John Meyer.  Author of the forthcoming novel Operation Ruby Slipper, an e-book available for download on August 15, 2011, Meyer here answers a few questions about his life with Judy, his perspective on that experience, and about his other creative activities over the years.

‘After the Wizard’ coming to Emporia  “We are thrilled to announce the special screenings of “After The Wizard” at the Emporia Granada and to share the film with a greater audience in Kansas,” said writer and director Hugh Gross who recently will be holding the film’s World Premiere Screening in Kingman over the July 4th weekend. “Discussions have been initiated with several distributors to follow the launch of ‘After The Wizard’ with a national release.”

Symphony to provide live accompaniment as ‘Casablanca,’ ‘The Wizard of Oz’ unspool  Next week, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra will provide live accompaniment for two of the most famous songs in Hollywood history. The featured vocalists will be none other than Judy Garland and Dooley Wilson. Wilson, best known as Sam in the 1942 film “Casablanca,” will sing “As Time Goes By” when that classic movie is projected Wednesday and next Friday on a large screen above the stage at Benaroya Hall. On Thursday and July 9, Garland’s legendary performance of “Over the Rainbow” will grace the same setting in a presentation of the 1939 “The Wizard of Oz.”

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