Oz in the News 12.12.11

Judy Garland, Michael Crawford, OZ, GLEE & Christmas  Today we have a super-special triple-focus Flash Friday dedicated not only to two of the top-tier talents in the entertainment history ever – Judy Garland and Michael Crawford – but, also, to the ever-lasting entity through which they are now, forever, inextricably linked – THE WIZARD OF OZ. Of course, Judy Garland famously starred in the original 1939 film adaptation of the L. Frank Baum children’s classic, but, just this past year, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and Jeremy Sams adapted the classic film for the stage to much success and added a number of significant new songs to the Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg score. Be sure to catch my exclusive InDepth InterView with Michael Crawford that went live earlier this evening to read all about the new stage spectacular, as well as his affection for Judy Garland in the original film and some of his own favorite Christmas and holiday songs. Additionally, next Tuesday GLEE will be paying tribute to Judy Garland in the form of a mid-1960s-style TV Christmas special homage, so now is certainly as good a time as any to look back at the unparalleled performance of Garland in THE WIZARD OF OZ – for which she won a juvenile Academy Award – as well as her 1963 Christmas special which featured guest performances by Mel Torme, Liza Minnelli and more! So, make this a truly Mikey & Judy holiday season – as opposed to Mickey & Judy one – with this spotlight on Michael Crawford and Judy Garland and both their OZ-ian and Christmas connections – and a GLEE-ful surprise or two, too. After all, ‘tis the season!

Torrance artists create neighborhood sight from granddaughters’ ideas   On a quiet street in Torrance sits a house that looks as though it belongs in Wonderland. The front gate is a giant yellow foot, leading to a yellow brick road and front lawn full of imagination. The front porch has been transformed into a wall of swirls colored aqua and magenta, a portrait of the characters from “The Wizard of Oz” covering the front. Circles and hearts made of a variety of materials stick out every which way from the roof, shadowing a purple-and-gold front door. And that’s just on the outside.

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