Oz in the News 8.23.12

Wizard of Moms: Does Menomena’s new album pass the Oz test?  Everyone knows Pink Floyd did it with Dark Side of the Moon, but it’s less common knowledge that a full decade worth of classic albums were recorded in careful lockstep with the classic 1939 film. Frampton Comes Alive!? More like Frampton Sees the Wizard! Blood on the Tracks? More like Blood on the Yellow Brick Road! Songs in the Key of Life? More like Songs in the Cowardly of Lion! Bat Out of Hell? More like Bat Out of Kansas!

Judy Garland – Hollywood Costumes On Display In V&A  Iconic Hollywood costumes will go on display in London this autumn. Some of the most memorable outfits to ever grace the silver screen will be showcased in a special exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum, from Judy Garland‘s gingham pinafore in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and the black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ to Sharon Stone‘s racy white number from ‘Basic Instinct‘. Deborah Nadoolman Landis, guest curator and Hollywood costume designer, commented: ”This landmark exhibition will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the most beloved characters in Hollywood history and gain insight on the role of the costume designer and their vital contribution to cinema storytelling.” The extensive exhibition was five years in the making and costumes were sourced from all over the world, gathering objects via museums, motion picture studios, costume houses and private individuals.

Next stop, Oz: Actress eyes Dorothy role  Windsor’s Danielle Wade is among 20 semifinalists in a nationwide search for the role of Dorothy in a stage production of The Wizard of Oz. The 20-year old LaSalle resident is in Toronto this week at “Dorothy Farm,” an intense training and selection process aimed at whittling down the number of finalists to 10 for CBC-TV’s fall reality show, Over the Rainbow, starting Sept. 16. Ironically, Over the Rainbow was one of the first songs Wade sang on a stage.

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