Oz in the News 5.4.12

King and Queen grace Wizard of Oz  The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah travelled down the yellow brick road as they graced the Wizard of Oz – The Musical on Tuesday.
The musical, which features an all Malaysian cast and crew, is jointly presented by Berjaya Corporation and Kenny Rogers Roasters Malaysia in support of the development of the local arts scene.

Des O’Connor to Play The Wizard in THE WIZARD OF OZ?  “Rumours are swirling that octogenarian crooner Des O’Connor will take over from Russell Grant as the titular Wizard of Oz in what could be the show’s final months at the Palladium, where it’s currently booking to 28 October.” Star of stage, screen and music, Des was awarded the CBE in 2008 for his services to Entertainment and Broadcasting and is widely regarded as one of the the UK’s best loved and most respected stars.

Cookie Dough’s Monster Show, “A Visit to the Emerald City.”  TRIBUTE TO OZ was at the Midnight Sun with Cookie Dough’s Monster Show, “A Visit to the Emerald City.” The night was absolutely wizard (literally) with songs from Wicked and The Wiz. Cookie appeared as Dorothy Gale in Oz – lip-synching OZzy Osborne’s Ozzfest of “Over the Mountain” in her blue gingham dress and red sequined slippers, joining cardboard characters of Scarecrow and Lion, when she ran into the “wicked” witch (a green Jill Felta-Fish) doing “No Good Deed,” “The Wizard and I,” and “Defying Gravity” (this last on top of the bar). Florence Frightengale, as a nun, lipped “No Bad News” from The Wiz and “Return to Oz” by the Scissor Sisters. Glitterella, a large and in charge bearded bear, did Wiz’s “You Can’t Win.” Megan Pixel did The Tamperer’s “Drop a House,” punching and kicking the witch to the ground. Jackie Cox was a green witch doing “The Red Shoe Blues” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and later reappeared as a mature Dorothy from Wiz singing live a heart-wrenching “Home.” This was also the Idina Menzel (Wicked’s original Elphaba) CD release party for Live: Barefoot at the Symphony. 

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