Oz in the News 11.27.11

Basehor museum travels to ‘Oz’ for Christmas exhibit  Volunteers at the Basehor Historical Museum might never stop adding scenes from “The Wizard of Oz” to the museum’s Christmas exhibit if it didn’t have to go on display soon, Ken Massingill says. “Once they get an idea, it just goes and goes and goes, until we run out of time,” said Massingill, himself a volunteer at the museum. The museum’s year-end exhibit, “Winter Wonderland of “AAHHZZ,” goes on display Saturday, where it will remain through Jan. 1. In order to help celebrate the end of the 150th anniversary year for the state of Kansas, it will incorporate a number of scenes from the 1939 film that museum director Carla Crawford says “kind of put Kansas on the map,” “The Wizard of Oz.”

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Showcasing Memorabilia From Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland  A rotating selection of a 800-plus store of famous outfits from films, Grauman’s says it plans to show Marilyn Monroe‘s gold lame gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Vivien Leigh‘s drapery gown from Gone with the Wind and Judy Garland‘s Wizard of Oz blouse among many others.

Maguire talks about closing the ‘Wicked’ chapter  “We got our first library cards with as much solemnity as we got our first communions. My parents did not tell stories per se, nor did they read aloud to us. But they did talk at great length about the peculiar characters in our larger family. Around the dining room table we traded stories.”

Caissie Levy, Danielle Hope and More to Join Jonathan Reid Gealt for London Concert Debut  The concert, set for 7:30 PM at St Andrew Holborn, London, will feature Caissie Levy (Hair, Ghost); Jonathan Williams (Les Miserables); Danielle Hope (The Wizard of Oz); Kelly-Anne Gower (Blood Brother UK tour, Les Miserables); Stuart Matthew Price (Shrek, Parade); Emily Tierney (The Wizard of Oz); John Addison (Phantom, Les Miserables); Jodie Jacobs (Rock of Ages); Matthew Barrow(The Wizard of Oz); Ceili O’Connor (The Wizard of Oz); Katie Hall (Les Miserables, Phantom of The Opera) and Lewis Grant (State Fair) and a sixteen strong Arts Educational Choir.

‘Santa Claus’ tale coming to Stow Players  All of Baum’s wonderful characters from his original book, including Ak, the Master Woodsman (Andrew Frawley of Akron), Queen of the Woods (Francine Roberts of Akron), King of the Knooks Will (Alex Orvosh of Stow), the bookkeeper who’s out to catch Claus, and fearful King and Queen Awgwa (Charles Leonard of Akron and Dawn Zinsmeister of Tallmadge), come to life on the Stow Players stage.

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