Oz in the News 11.3.12

Oz The Great and Powerful Wicked Witch Poster  Disney’s revealed the poster featuring the Wicked Witch from Oz The Great and Powerful which, unfortunately, we won’t get to check out until March 8, 2013. Directed by Sam Raimi, the fantasy adventure film stars James Franco as the wizard and Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams as witches in a story that examines what the Wizard was doing before he became great and powerful.

Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris and Kids Wear Wizard of Oz Costumes for Halloween  A-list couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner followed the yellow brick road all the way to Malibu Oct. 31 to celebrate Halloween with kids Violet, 6, Seraphina, 3, and Samuel, 8 months. All five were decked out for the occasion as characters from The Wizard of OzHow I Met Your Mother actor Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka also channeled Dorothy and friends, as shown in a Twitter photo posted late last night by the pair.

F. Michael Haynie on Becoming Boq in Wicked  By the time Dogfight director Joe Mantello asked Haynie to join Wicked, the young actor had seen his best friend Alex Brighman play Boq four times. “This is the first Broadway show a lot of people see, so we have a huge responsibility,” he reflects. “The coolest thing is that Wicked seems so fresh; you would never know it’s nine years old.” Meanwhile, Haynie will make his big-screen debut in the Christmas release Not Fade Away, in which he plays keyboards and bass with a group of guys starting a band in the 1960s. Steve Van Zandt coordinated the music, reuniting with Sopranos writer/director David Chase and star James Gandolfini. “David wanted real musicians, so he took a chance on a bunch of young actors,” Haynie says. “The entire process was awesome.”

Unique production of ‘Wizard of Oz’ will launch PCPA Theaterfest’s season  The cast of nearly 50 actors playing 80 characters include second-year acting student Britney Simpson as Dorothy and resident artists Erik Stein, Andrew Philpot and Quinn Mattfeld as the Cowardly Lion, Tin Woodman and Scarecrow, respectively.  But the production is set apart from others by the use of more than 50 puppets and innovative kinetic scenic elements. The puppets designed by Emily DeCola (“My Fairytale”) will play the roles of Toto, the Munchkins, flying monkeys and crows.

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