Oz in the News 2.29.12

‘The Witches of Oz’ Blu-ray Announced  In an early announcement to retailers, Image Entertainment will release ‘The Witches of Oz‘ on Blu-ray on April 10.  The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and no supplements seem to be included with this release. Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $29.97.

Hillsides “Road to Emerald City” Raises $380,000 for Children and Families  Guests to Hillsides annual benefit  “Road to Emerald City” followed the yellow brick road to raise $380,000 for programs and services serving vulnerable children and families living in Los Angeles County. On Saturday, February 25, a sold-out crowd was captivated as The California Club in Los Angeles was transformed into the Land of Oz where Dorothy and the Wicked Witch made a special appearance. Adding to the décor, Jacob Maarse Florists donated the floral designs for the evening’s theme. Pasadena resident and event chair Cathy Brennan, dressed in a Goldsmith & Klein strapless, emerald couture ball gown, set the stage for an unforgettable evening. Guests were awestricken by the replica Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland in the “Wizard of Oz” previously on loan to The Smithsonian Museum from the Collection of David A. Pacheco that were displayed at the event.

Amateur performers get crash course in theatre for ‘Way Off Broadway’ Over the course of eight weeks, novice crooners are whipped into shape and mount a stage production of “The Wizard of Oz” for a live theatre audience. Their journey to the limelight is chronicled in 13 one-hour episodes starting Friday. “It’s for all of those people who never had a chance to live their dream,” said the show’s singing coach Elaine Overholt, also known for coaxing vocal style from John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer for the movie “Hairspray,” and Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger and Queen Latifah for the film “Chicago.”

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