Oz in the News 11.6.11

Judy Garland Tribute Set For Sydney  Finally it seems someone else has remembered that 2011 is the fiftieth anniversary of Judy Garland’s seminal cultural Carnegie Hall concert!  Sydney is set to receive a long overdue treat in the form of the 2011 World AID’s day concert. The star studded concert is to be a tribute to Judy Garland and her music and will feature performances from Simon Burke, Paul Capsis, Mark Trevorrow, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Tim Draxl, Lucy Maunder, Marika Aubrey and Margi de Ferranti. Trevor Ashley, creator of the World AID’s day concert series, will direct, while Craig Renshaw will provide musical direction for the forty-piece orchestra on Monday November 21, 2011.

Defying gravity: ‘Wicked’ teamwork keeps Broadway blockbuster flying on the road  Faint blue lights do help actors and crew members steer clear of obstacles as they’re dashing from side to side, changing costumes or moving scenery. For Elphaba and Galinda, some of the costume changes are so fast that whoever’s ready first goes onstage and the other keeps singing while she’s dressing, then catches up onstage, Hansen says.  Those are just some of the behind-the-scenes tricks that keep things moving. Another is using diluted vodka to mist odors out of delicate or elaborate costume pieces that can’t be washed.

Maguire never thought his complex Oz series would catch on  “I took out from the raw material the wonderful but fragmented and somewhat contradictory work of L. Frank Baum and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and his 13 sequels,” Maguire says. “And then I looked at the even more wonderful, if puzzling, film of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ done 39 years later. What I tried to imagine was some worldview or representation of Oz that would honor both interpretations, but still stand up under its own vital spark. I had to deal with the junk in the petri dish, but it was both rich and contradictory.”

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