Oz in the News 9.5.13

db6173f512b0aec6659795b6c69edd7eLEGO The Road to Oz takes first steps to retail  A LEGO set based on The Wizard of Oz could soon be clicking its heels together and heading into homes around the world. The project, by JeremiahKC, has made it the Review stage on LEGO CuuSoo after achieving 10,000 supporters. LEGO The Road to Oz set recreates Dorothy’s journey to see the Wizard complete with figures of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Wicked Witch of the West. “The road to Oz might be fraught with peril, but for you the road to 10,000 supporters was a breeze,” commented LEGO CuuSoo. “It’s easy to see why Wizard of Oz fans fell in love with the way you captured such a beloved story in LEGO bricks. Nicely done. Now a LEGO Review Board of designers, product managers, and other key team members will take a look at the idea.

Wizard of Oz Debuts at Pantages, ­­­­Sept. 17 – Oct. 6  The first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of Wizard of Oz will make its Los Angeles debut at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited three-week engagement, September 17–October 6. Developed from the MGM screenplay, this new production of Wizard of Oz contains all the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The tour will feature Danielle Wade, chosen by the Canadian public through CBC-TV’s “Over The Rainbow,” as Dorothy, and one of Canada’s most respected and honored actors, Gemini-winner Cedric Smith as The Wizard. Robin Evan Willis, star of many Shaw Festival productions, plays Glinda. Jacquelyn Piro Donovan (Les Mis, Miss Saigon) as the Wicked Witch of the West, is a Broadway and national tour veteran.

Elmwood’s festival has ‘Wizard of Oz’ theme  Residents of this self-sufficient Peoria County village know a little something about tornadoes and how to rise up from the particularly nasty, and flattening, ones. Which is NOT to say that this year’s “Wizard of Oz”-themed Fall Festival, its 82nd annual late summer celebration of early autumn, is necessarily linked to the twister three years ago that reduced the village’s downtown to multiple piles of 100-year-old bricks. Throughout the festival characters from the “Wizard of Oz” – Dorothy, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Glinda the Good Witch and Wicked Witch of the West, oh, and Toto, too, will mingle with the patrons and be available for photographs and autographs. Central Park will have its own yellow brick road.

Julep Wizard of Oz Nail Collection for Fall 2013  The Julep Wizard of Oz Nail Polish Collection comes in a cute printed Wizard of Oz Box and includes for shades of polish inspired by the Wizard of Oz. You get: Ruby Slippers (ruby red full coverage glitter), Emerald City(emerald green creme), Tin Man (silver holographic), and Glinda the Good Witch (ballet slipper pink frost). The fact they didn’t include a flying monkey shade means I shall shun this collection! Booo!

Gourmet Trading, ‘Wizard of Oz’ cross promote  Gourmet Trading plans to feature “The Wizard of Oz” on tags of imported asparagus as the Oct. 1 release of 75th anniversary DVDs of the film nears. Los Angeles-based Gourmet Trading will feature the tags on asparagus from Peru and Mexico Sept. 23 through Feb. 28, according to a news release. Gourmet Trading will give away copies of the DVDs on its Facebook page. The grand prize is a flat-screen television with a Blu-ray player and DVD.

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