Oz in the News 9.10.12

‘Wizard of Oz’ costume designs to go on sale nationally  Next Halloween you’ll be able to costume the munchkins in your life in the same rich detail worn by Sam Allred when he was the Mayor of Munchkinland in a local production of “The Wizard of Oz” earlier this year. You have Wasilla costume designer Roxann Benbow to thank for the privilege. “Well, I am just in shock, personally,” she said. “Usually in order to get a pattern in a catalog like that you have to go to design school.” She’s studied sewing, but never dreamed McCall’s Patterns would be interested in her work.

Amsterdam CD set for November 12 UK release  Judy Garland – The Amsterdam Concert is set for a November 12 UK release.  “Special pre-release offer: from 29 October, this album can be purchased direct from this website at a special reduced price. The offer will end on 11 November.”

Sponsor a Poor Child to See THE WIZARD OF OZ  “We should encourage our children as early as three years old to watch musical productions to help them develop their creativity and imagination,” said Joy Virata, artistic director of Rep’s Children’s Theater, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Rep’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” is an adaptation of the all-time classic tale, with music by Jeanne Bargy and Jim Eiler, and book and lyrics by Eiler. This particular presentation does not include any of the songs from the popular MGM film of the same name (ergo, the Academy Award winning song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is not part of the repertoire).

Road to Oz #1  “Road to Oz” #1 isn’t the most compelling opening for Shanower and Young’s Oz adaptations but that may be due, at least in part, to remaining faithful to the material. Regardless, there’s no doubt, even with a slow start, that this limited series will be of the same high-quality and attention to detail as those that have come before. Shanower and Young are a gift to comics, and their interest in kid-friendly material — all too rare in today’s comics landscape — is something for which we should all be grateful.

Comic Con Express finds many admirers in the IT city  Arun Prasad has been collecting comic books for a long time. His rare collection even includes a copy of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in Kannada called ‘Mayalokada Mantravadi’, published by Amar Chitra Katha. “Amar Chitra Katha editors came to me and admitted that they didn’t have so many editions that I’ve got.”

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