Oz in the News 4.19.12

Yip Harburg: A Lyricist For The Ages  During his 84 years on the planet, Yip Harburg contributed brilliant lyrics to some of the finest melodies of the American popular song canon. Most of his songs were originally written for Broadway shows or Hollywood musicals. Finian’s Rainbow is probably his most popular stage work, but he’s best known for working with composer Harold Arlen on music for The Wizard of Oz, a collaboration which won them an Oscar for “Over the Rainbow.”

An Over-the-rainbow Experience at the Oz-Stravaganza Festival, June 1-3, 2012  What began as a one-day affair 34 years ago has turned into a 3 day jubilation with featured guests, costume parade, Miss Oz-stravaganza Pageant, writing and coloring contests, a Munchkin Mile Fun Run for kids, live entertainment, food, vendors, fun and more! One of this year’s special guests include André DeShields, the award-winning actor who created the title role in the 1975 production of The Wiz on Broadway. Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked, the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West that inspired the Broadway musical, acts as the parade’s Grand Marshall this year.

Extending Arianna Huffington’s “GPS for the Soul” Into a New Operating System for the Economy  Slowly a new story started to come to me in which a new operating system utilizing a new kind of money and new kinds of banks could be realized. The result was a 2.0 version of The Wizard of Oz entitled: The Wiz of Iz. The Wiz of Iz, is a short read at 120 pages and it’s based upon an even shorter story about four good buddies who set out to change the world along the Route of the Rainbow. The story is one you might have heard: There was a very important job to be done and because this job was so important, Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. So Nobody did it. Somebody got mad about that because it was Everybody’s job. In the end, Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

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