Eat Your Art Out, Judy Garland kicks off Feb 8 Referred to as “the Elvis of homosexuals” by The Advocate, Garland has a large gay following. Young queers, fascinated by the Wizard of Oz, watched as Garland’s character, Dorothy, readily befriended quirky, socially outcast characters. When Dorothy sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” closeted gay people dreamed of a place where they would be accepted for who they are. Organizers hope that place will be at the festival in Saskatoon.
“We’re all kind of becoming Judy Garland in a way,” says Dielschneider, who donned a Dorothy costume in the days leading up to the fest. “We’re playing around and being campy to expose that there are queer people in Saskatoon.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE WIZARD OF OZ to Make North American Premiere in Toronto There’s been no report as to casting for the new Toronto production, but it’s to be produced by Mirvish Productions, at a theatre yet to be announced, in January and February 2013.