Oz in the News 7.1.13

5368107-the-emerald-city-of-oz-1The Emerald City of Oz #1  In Kansas Uncle Henry can’t pay the mortgage, so Aunt Em, Dorothy, and he must leave their home. Where can they go? To the Land of Oz, of course! Will anyone in Oz survive after the Nomes attack through a secret underground tunnel?

‘He’s a great magician’ James Franco on preparing for his role as Oz with Lance Burton  Fans of the Disney film may be surprised to know that the 35-year-old actor was so serious about his portrayal of Oscar Diggs, that in order to prepare for the role, he received training with magician Lance Burton. The 53-year-old, who has performed over 5,000 shows at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, spent a lot of time with Franco and definitely had a huge influence on his overall performance in the movie, which is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today. Speaking about his one-on-one tutorials with Burton, the ‘Pineapple Express’ star said: “I was fortunate enough to receive lessons from Lance Burton, one of the great magicians from Las Vegas, and he normally performs for hundreds or maybe thousands of people and I got to have him as my private teacher for weeks, which was great.

ComedySportz-Houston UNSCRIPTED SERIES: WIZARD OF OZ to Open on 8/3  Since the inception of the Unscripted Series, which began in April 2013, ComedySportz actors have set out with a singular mission in mind: recreating the most beloved stories from pop culture – with an improvisational twist. Using audience suggestions to reinvent the characters and situations we hold dear, the outcome is always unexpected and hilarious.  Wizard of Oz: UNSCRIPTED opens August 3, 2013 and runs every Saturday at 10:30 through November 2, 2013.

Circus Smirkus Puts New Spin on ‘Wizard of Oz’ in Return to Saratoga Race Course  This year’s tour continues the tradition of theme-based shows as Smirkus goes “somewhere over the rainbow” with a new spin on the Wizard of Oz, titled “Oz Incorporated.” The international circus features youths under 19 with polished skills from all around the country and the world. The performance is full of talent and spectacle, with aerials, acrobatics, highwire, juggling, trapeze, clowning and an array of brilliant costumes. In its 26th year, Circus Smirkus is the only American youth circus to put on a full-season tour under its own big top, a 24-meter, 750-seat, one-ring tent in the European style.  Circus Smirkus will take place July 5–7 at the Saratoga Race Course on Union Avenue. Shows will be July 5 at 7 p.m. and July 6 and 7 at 1 and 7 p.m.

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