Oz in the News 12.28.11

Soviet Wizard of Oz at the Staatsballett Berlin   A new ballet is being performed in Berlin that is based on the Soviet version of the “Wizard of Oz.” It is the only version of the Oz stories that most people in Russia and the Eastern bloc countries ever knew.

The Wizard of Oz, Philharmonic Hall  The RLPO is experienced at this kind of thing, because apart from this being the third time in those five years it has performed Oz, it has also got an extensive back catalogue of film work with Carl Davis, playing for silent movies including the 1927 version of Napoleon, and others, including classics by Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd. And to add to the festivities, ahead of the matinee screening there’s also a Wizard of Oz fancy dress competition with entrants being judged in the hall and with prizes to be won. Previous years have seen a witches, Dorothys, tin men and even the scarecrow.

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