Oz in the News 11.22.11

In-your-face exhibition Artist Matthew Reinhart gave the public a peek into his imaginative and intricate world of creating pop-up images Saturday at the Center for the Visual Arts. “It’s always fun for me to create something like this and have young people read it,” he said of the pop-up books he makes. Reinhart gave a lecture as part of the opening of “The Wizards of Pop: Sabuda & Reinhart,” an exhibition presented by the Greater Denton Arts Council. The exhibit displays 60 images from 13 picture and pop-up books by artists Reinhart and Robert Sabuda, including The Jungle Book, Cinderella, Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the Encyclopedia Prehistorica series.

The Wonderful Wizard of Bolton  Dorothy has been moved from Kansas to Bolton and up dated to the present day, where she hates the grimy old town while yeaning desperately for a pair of trainers.This works rather well, clearly connecting young audiences with the story from the very beginning and bringing them back to the town’s soggy earth at the end with the message that perhaps life in this forsaken neck of the woods isn’t that bad after all. But there’s no “Over The Rainbow” or “We’re Off To See The Wizard”, instead there’s a new score by Octagon regular Barbara Hockaday.

Michael Cumpsty, Jay Russell, Tom Pelphrey Round Out Cast of ‘End of the Rainbow’  “End of the Rainbow” is coming to Broadway this Spring after a successful run in London. The show has some previews scheduled in late March and is scheduled to begin its Broadway run in earnest in early April. The show has just rounded out their cast with Michael Cumpsty, Jay Russell, and Tom Pelphrey. “End of the Rainbow” is a play about the last days of Judy Garland. It is set in 1968 London, England and features some of Garland’s best know songs. The play features “Over the Rainbow,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” and “The Man that Got Away” to name a few.

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