Oz in the News 3.26.12

Park Ji Min Earns Two Perfect Scores on “K-pop Star” For the first time ever, Park Ji Min, a contestant on the popular SBS program “K-pop Star” received perfect scores of 100 from the judges. On the episode of “K-pop Star” that aired on March 25, Park Ji Min sang “Over the Rainbow” from the originial soundtrack of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Audiobook Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum Anne Hathaway’s reading of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz totally works. It’s hard not to hear the influence of the 1939 Musical in how she captures some of the characters, particularly Dorothy, and The Cowardly Lion. This creates an interesting issue. One of the things that is often strange for me when viewing The Wizard of Oz is Garland takes on the almost impetuous and naive cadence of an 8 year old girl, which is Dorothy’s true age as opposed to Garland’s actual age of 17 at the time of the performance.. Hathaway perfectly mimics that tone, which is just right for Dorothy, but you can’t help imagining the older Garland when she does it. This really isn’t a bad thing, but it does make for a weird blending of movie Dorothy and book Dorothy. Her voice of The Tin Woodsman has a melancholy tone, an almost feminine softness that is hard to adjust to at first, yet it captures the dichotomy of a character who a times cries when he kills a small bug, but then ruthlessly slaughters a legion of wolves. Most importantly, when you listen you are not constantly hung up on the fact that you are listening to a Hollywood Starlet read you a classic tale. Instead, her voice allows you to fully immerse yourself in the world of Oz, which is in fact, Wonderful.

Hillsides benefit brings in the green There was a traffic jam on the “Road to the Emerald City” when Hillsides, a non-profit home for abused children, held its annual benefit at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles.  Formally dressed guests captivated the “Wizard of Oz” spirit of Dorothy’s perseverance and compassion, Tin Man’s heart, Scarecrow’s wisdom and Lion’s courage to make a difference by raising $390,000 for this home that was first founded as an orphanage in 1913. Guests were enchanted by a replica of Judy Garland’s ruby slippers that she wore in the iconic film. The slippers were previously on loan to The Smithsonian Museum from the collection of David A. Pacheco. These sparkling shoes were on display on a revolving pedestal above one of the silent auction tables.

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