Oz in the News 11.7.13

wizard-of-oz-tin-man-new-picturesAfter 75 Years, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Still Has Secrets to Tell  Authors Jay Scarfone and William Stillman admit in their foreword that they had a formidable task, so they gave themselves strict criteria: They wanted to gather visual material, quotes and facts that have been rarely, if ever, seen. They succeeded. The coffee table book offers a treasure trove of images, including startling photos of Judy Garland testing multiple wigs in various styles and colors — including cascading blonde locks. There’s a costume test for the Scarecrow where he looks like a refugee from a Tim Burton movie. And there are photos of Oz-mania, including a human logjam at Grand Central Station when Mickey Rooney and Garland arrived there for the film’s New York premiere, as well as a boxy-looking 70-foot Tin Man balloon for the 1939 Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic,” Documenting Birth of Oz to Wicked, Will Be Published Penned by John Fricke, the Emmy Award-winning producer of the PBS American Masters and A&E Biography documentaries about Judy Garland, “The Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic” promises photographs of the largest collection of Oz memorabilia. It is published by Down East Books. Chapters include “The Royal Historian of Oz,” “An American Phenomenon,” “A Technicolor Show of Shows,” “Oz Around the World,” “Return to Oz” and “Wicked Wonderful.”

Over the Rainbow, A Tribute to Yip Harburg  Through “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, “Brother Can You Spare a Dime,” and “April in Paris,” lyricist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg has provided some of the most beautiful and moving lyrics of all time. On November 19th, “Over the Rainbow, A Tribute to Yip Harburg,” will take place at Rockwell: Table & Stage. This concert will be a celebration of classic songs and some rarely heard gems from his catalog of over 500 songs. Amongst the artists performing will be Terri White (“Follies”), Barrett Foa (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Spencer Day, Ginifer King (“Haunted Hathaways”), Ben Caron, Exist Elsewhere, and additional artists to be announced. Proceeds from the concert will go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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