Oz in the News 8.6.13

g12c000000000000000b1cb11b6d643772b773e49caa075a17141754689‘Wicked’ role brings veteran actor John Davidson back home  John Davidson took an instant liking to his current character, the Wizard of Oz, in “Wicked,” beginning its fourth visit to the Boston Opera House next week. “What’s been surprising for me is to realize that this story is not all about the Wizard. I’ve had to get used to the fact that it is a story about the two witches, Glinda and Elphaba. I’m only onstage for 18 minutes – I know because I’ve timed it. What I’m doing is essentially a cameo, which is a new experience for me.”

‘Wizard of Oz’ to debut in 3-D at renovated Chinese Theatre  As it moves into the digital future, the former Grauman’s Chinese Theatre will draw from its Hollywood past when it unveils a giant Imax auditorium with a 3-D screening of “The Wizard of Oz.” The new theater, now called TCL Chinese Theatre Imax, will reopen to the public next month with a digitally remastered version of the classic that held its Hollywood premiere at the Chinese in 1939. The Chinese has been closed for renovations since May 1. TCL partnered with Warner Bros. and Imax to release “The Wizard of Oz” in Imax 3-D format. The theater will host a private premiere at the theater Sept. 15, followed by an exclusive one-week engagement at the Chinese and other Imax theaters across North America beginning Sept. 20. Consumers will pay a premium to watch Dorothy and her companions on the giant screen in 3-D: Tickets for the “Oz” screening will cost $19.

Hollywood techniques for The Wizard of Oz  Amateur Theatre group Telford and District Light Operatic Players, known as TADLOP, will be using high-tech green screen technology in their latest production of The Wizard of Oz. Fans of the film version of the musical will remember the tornado scene, where Dorothy’s house is swept from Kansas into Oz. And to recreate the classic movie moment on the stage, the group are teaming up with Jackfield-based Scadge Studios to pre-film actors in wacky situations as if being blown by the ferocious winds.


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