Oz in the News 12.8.11

Oz-Stravaganza! 2012 lineup includes original Munchkin, ‘Talk It Over’ singer Grayson Hugh and ‘Wiz’ Broadway star  Festival committee member Marc Baum tells syracuse.com that the 34th Oz-Stravaganza! will take place June 1-3, 2012, and feature national recording artist Grayson Hugh. Hugh, who had a top 20 hit in 1989 with “Talk It Over,” will perform on the main stage Saturday, June 2nd. Also on the guest list is Andre De Shields, who played the Wiz in the original 1975 Broadway musical production of “The Wiz.” It’ll be the two-time Tony Award nominee’s first time appearing at the Oz-Stravaganza! festival.

Judy, Judy, Judy: John Fricke knows all about legendary actress   “So many things put her in a league of her own. First of all, [there was] the fact that she truly was multitalented. Then there’s her charisma, which she practically invented in terms of getting across in person and then being able to get across in the very cold mediums of film and videotape and audio recording. [Also,] she’s also one of the comparatively few movie stars who was more interesting as herself than as she was as Dorothy or Esther or Polly or whoever.”

Judy Garland – The London Studio Recordings, 1957-1964 – First Hand Records  Judy Garland The London Studio Recordings, 1957-1964 is a revelatory glimpse of a singer as a mature artist. The sound quality is excellent, and captures the range of vocal tones. While it contains an accessible compilation of songs, there is superfluous material. There are no less than fourteen tracks of early takes or intro chat. This is excessive, and in present day technology might have been edited to bonus DVD material. The CD book is incisive and provides insights into the sessions. Judy Garland was one of the greatest American singers, and her talent will never fade.

IDW Delivers Digital Comics to the Nook Tablet  IDW Publishing is one of the powerhouses of the Comic world and offers a myriad of sagas from DR.WHO to GI.JOE.  The company announced that they are bringing over to the Nook over 30 of its most popular graphic novels. This includes work by Darwyn Cooke’s Parker adaptations, and works by Joe Hill, Max Brooks, Anne Rice, and Eric Shanower.

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