Oz in the News 2.20.12

Ruby Slippers Get a Face Lift At Smithsonian  The iconic Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz are to be removed from display at the Smithsonian (National Museum of American History). This will take place in February in order to prepare them for a new exhibition called “American Stories,” opening April 5. The slippers are currently on view in “1939” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History through Feb. 22.

Oshawa women land juicy roles in TV series – ‘Broadway Boot Camp’ debuts March 2 on Bravo  The 13-part Broadway Boot Camp series begins next month, documenting how 21 ordinary Canadians in eight weeks prepare to perform The Wizard in front of more than 1,000 people in Toronto. They give it their all on a short and stressful time-line to get ready for the one-night only stage performance. And Pearce-McKinnon and Oshawa native LeeAnne Rorabeck landed the plum roles, with the latter playing Dorothy.

JSP Records to release box set of Judy Garland recordings in 2013 The British label JSP Records will release a box set of Judy Garland recordings in 2013 titled CREATIONS 1936-1962 – SONGS SHE SANG FIRST. The goal of the release is to include tunes Judy Garland was the first to perform. Lawrence Schulman, who was behind such other Garland sets as Child of Hollywood (RPCD, 1993), Judy Garland at the Paris Olympia (Europe 1, 1994), Lost Tracks (JSP, 2010), Smilin’ Through (JSP, 2011), and The Carnegie Hall Concert (JSP, 2012) will compile and annotate the entirely remastered set.

No Place Like Home #1 Review  While Tirotto and company’s comic features some original uses of the Oz mythology, it fails to warrant further interest. That being said, there is potential for the series to improve over time. It is quite obvious that Tirotto has big plans for No Place Like Home. Fans of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales franchise should give this a look as it offers another dark take on a familiar, literary work.

Milligan step team presents “Steppin’ Into Oz”  “Steppin’ Into Oz” is the retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Stompede will take the story of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion and place it into a step dancing performance.  The performance will integrate the familiar plot lines from Baum’s classic tale, while “placing the story under a new lens, if you will. Of course, the show will still follow Dorothy as she encounters the tornado that brings her to the Land of Oz.”

Full List Of 2012 Whatsonstage.com Award-Winners Hannah Waddingham, a previous three-time Whatsonstage.com nominee, scooped Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, which – with its new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice – also collected Best Musical Revival.

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