Oz in the News 10.12.13

new-dorothy-final-with-logo__131011222727-275x519‘Wizard Of Oz’-Themed Drama ‘Red Brick Road’ In The Works At Lifetime  The year of Wizard Of Oz continues with the sale of another high-profile Oz-themed drama project. Lifetime has put in development Red Brick Road, from the Wolper Organization, Vertigo Entertainment and Warner Horizon. Written by Tim Schlattman (Dexter) based on a concept by artist Rob Prior and executive produced by Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh, Red Brick Road is described as an edgy, Game Of Thrones take on the world of Wizard Of Oz. In the classic 1939 feature, when Dorothy set off for the Emerald City, she followed the Yellow Brick Road. But among the yellow bricks at Dorothy’s feet, there was also a swirl of red bricks. They’ve been there the whole time in plain sight. Unnoticed. Unexplored. Which raises the question — just where do they go? Red Brick Road will answer that by following Dorothy down that fateful path, taking her to the oldest, darkest and most dangerous parts of Oz to find what became of her friends who all have gone missing.

Man’s overflowing passion for ‘Wizard of Oz’ on display (VIDEO)  The Yellow Brick Road is making a detour for the next six months from the Emerald City to a nationally recognized art museum featuring one man’s passion for The Wizard of Oz. Willard Carroll’s early affection for the movie turned into a memorabilia collection that contains more than 100,000 items. Many people first saw the movie, based on Frank L. Baum’s book, on television in the 1950s. It has since turned into an iconic movie that countless people still adore. “It in and of itself is a work of art in its time and then of course all the movie posters, design of costumes for the movie,” Carroll said of his collection. “And as people will discover when they come to see the show, there’s just so much more.” Some gems from the movie include one of Dorothy’s pinafores and a costume a member of the Lollipop Guild wore.

Somewhere over the rainbow …; … their missing Munchkin takes her bow  Alexandra Brooks would have made her stage debut as a frilly pink- clad member of the Lullaby League. Instead, the production will be dedicated to the 10-year-old. A few weeks after beginning rehearsals, Alex was found dead, along with her mother, Pamela, in their West Palm Beach home. Police have ruled the deaths a murder-suicide. “It’s hard to keep going, knowing that one of your cast members is with God now,” said Oksana Rubis, 14, the eighth-grader who plays the Wicked Witch of the West. “Then again, that’s good to know that’s where she is.” In honor of their missing cast member, a special ending was written for the play — a reprise of the signature song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” It will still be sung by Blakeney’s Dorothy near the start, when she ponders a magical land somewhere beyond monochromatic Kansas. But reprised at the end by the entire cast, it takes on new meaning as a statement to another place beyond the cosmos, where they believe Alex is watching, waiting to add her applause.

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