Oz in the News 1.25.14

1.168372Martyn Ellis to Step in as The Wizard of Oz in Wicked  WICKED, the multi award-winning West End musical will welcome Martyn Ellis to the role of ‘The  WickedWizard of Oz’ from Monday 17th February 2014. He replaces Sam Kelly who has withdrawn from the production due to ill health. Winner of 90 international awards, Wicked has cast its magical spell over audiences of all ages across the world for a decade and continues to be a record-breaking hit at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where, as of 2013, it has become the 16th longest-running West End musical of all time.

The Wizard of Oz and Innocence Lost  This week, NBC Entertainment announced it will air Emerald City, a 10-episode miniseries based on storylines in the original Oz book series written by L. Frank Baum (1856-1919). To fans of the classic 1939 Judy Garland film, such an announcement could hold promise of an inspired piece of television programming full of fantasy and fun, and suitable for family viewing. However, Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, described the miniseries as an epic battle that will be “very dark and bloody” along the lines of Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, it seems this latest return to Oz is keeping with our culture’s current taste for the amplification and perversion of nearly everything: make it louder, harder, faster. Regrettably, even The Wizard of Oz isn’t immune from our culture’s apparent erosion of innocence.

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