Monthly Archives: March 2014

Oz in the News 3.31.14

69b63a65The Flaming Lips announce ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ companion album to be played with ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Designed as an immersive companion piece to the original 1973 album, DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, listeners are encouraged to listen to the new LIPS album while listening to DARK SIDE at the same time. FLAMING SIDE OF THE MOON was also carefully crafted to sync up perfectly with the 1939 film, THE WIZARD OF OZ. For ideal listening conditions, fans are encouraged to seek out the original Alan Parsons’ engineered quadraphonic LP mix of DARK SIDE, but it will work with the album on any format. Available now through all participating digital outlets.

Book Trailer: ‘Dorothy Must Die’ looks at who is really wicked in Oz  Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige is the must-read book of the Spring. Already set to be a CW show, check out the book trailer and tell us what you think. In this reimagined Oz, the Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and Dorothy has become its tyrannical ruler. Gritty, compelling, and high stakes, Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige reimagines L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz series in a way you’ve never seen before. Arriving just in time for the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and already slated to become a CW show produced by Heroes creator Tim Kring, Dorothy Must Die will be available Tuesday, April 1st.

Oz in the News 3.29.14

RubySlidppersA simple message and some good characterisation survive Alexander’s soap opera plotting  The seemingly unconnected cast of characters living in Manhattan in Keir Alexander‘s multi-narrative novel are gradually drawn together by a pair of ruby slippers. Originally worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, they are discovered in old Rosa’s filthy apartment and are worth a fortune. The voice of Michael Marcinkus, a Latvian-American deli owner, is the most dominant and his story the most genuine. Through him and his aunt Rosa, Alexander explores the repression of memories by those who survived Nazi Europe and fled to the USA. Their respect for the slippers as a symbol of freedom and goodness is cleverly contrasted with what they bring out in Americans: greed, family division and violence.

Which ‘Wizard of Oz’ Characters Will Arrive on ‘Once Upon a Time’?Sunny Mabrey will join the cast as Glinda the Good in an episode slated to air in the later half of this season. While no other details have been provided yet, executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have hinted that we will see some more “iconic friends” venture to Storybrooke.  But don’t expect to see any ruby slippers just yet — so far, there’s no word on whether Dorothy will be making an appearance. That’s too bad, because it looks like the folks in Storybrooke are having a really tough time dealing with their witch problem.

Mickey Carroll & Other Fond Memories Of “Oz”  Carroll, whose given name was Michael Finocchiaro, was a St. Louis native. He lived in Crestwood for a time before his death in 2009 at the age of 89. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and, in 2007, was the grand marshal of Crestwood’s 60th anniversary parade. “During the school talent show when I was in about seventh grade, Mickey Carroll came and made a special guest appearance,” recalled Webster’s Danelle Haake. “We were all very excited to have him there and he seemed to truly enjoy watching the 300 or so students sing TV theme songs, perform goofy skits and dance into each other. He helped make it a night that we will never forget.”

Oz-Stravaganza! 2014: ‘Wizard of Oz’ festival will attempt to break world record  The current world record stands at 446 costumed characters from the movie gathered together in one place. Oz-Stravaganza! organizers will attempt to smash that record in June as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the “Wizard of Oz.” The festival, which runs June 6 to 8 in Chittenango, is the 36th annual celebration of the classic movie. L. Frank Baum, author of the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” was born in Chittenango on May 15, 1856. To help break the record, all people need to do is show up in costume to register for the event at 10 a.m. June 7 at Chittenango High School’s football field. Once everyone has gathered, the costumed participants must stand in place for five minutes at noon and the attempt will be videotaped.

Oconomowoc played host to original ‘The Wizard of Oz’ premiere  Oconomowoc was one of three locations selected for a ‘soft launch’ of the film. Haas has some theories as to why it was chosen. “Oconomowoc was the hometown of one of the munchkins in the movie,” Haas explained.  “Meinhardt Raabe played the coroner who pronounced the wicked Witch dead.” “Plus, Herbert Stothart (who wrote the score) was from Milwaukee.  He had a home in Okauchee Lake.” Oconomowoc will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the film with a large outdoor viewing of the movie on Aug. 7th.  It’s something the city has done annually ever since the 70th celebration in 2009.

If I only had a 75th anniversary book about ‘The Wizard of Oz’  On April 6, Scarfone, of Derry Twp., and William Stillman, also a Hershey-area resident, will be at the Art Association of Harrisburg to discuss their book, “The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion.” Scarfone, Stillman and, originally, a third partner met many years ago through affiliation with the national “Wizard of Oz” club. They pitched a 50th anniversary book about the film and got it published. Then came the 60th anniversary companion. And now the 75th. All this while working at day jobs. Scarfone is a CPA with Penn National Insurance. Stillman writes books and consults on autism. “What we have been able to do is channel our enthusiasm into continually researching and finding new things,” Scarfone said.

Oz in the News 3.26.14

extralargePolice Arrest 3 for Theft of ‘Wizard of Oz’ Slippers  Police arrested three people accused of stealing Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from a display case in a Staten Island hotel. The three took the $2,500 replica shoes from the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn on South Avenue earlier this month, police said. Julie Walker-Merkle, 39, and Joseph Cipoletti, 58, turned themselves in March 21, police said. Ronald Geraghty, 57, was arrested March 24. Walker-Merkle and Cipoletti lifted the display case the slippers were in while Geraghty kept lookout on March 2, court documents said.Walker-Merkle, a former congressional aide, was caught on surveillance video wearing the slippers in the hotel and later left with them on, hotel owner Richard Nicotra previously told DNAinfo New York.

Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra Presents Magical Concert and Sing-Along  The Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra will present a concert full of wizardry and magic on Sunday, April 6th. The highlight of the concert will be an audience sing-along to selections from The Wizard of Oz. The show starts at 3 p.m. with a free pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m. All Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra concerts take place at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077. Come dressed as your favorite wizard or witch to participate in a costume contest!

Oz in the News 3.25.14

-e8b58d6e1959d544Do you love the Wizard of Oz? Like to write? This contest is for you!  It is time for the 6th annual “Royal Historian of Oz” writing contest. The contest is done in conjunction with the 36th annual Oz-Stravaganza which is June 6 to 8 in Chittenango. L. Frank Baum, author of the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” was born in Chittenango on May 15, 1856. The deadline to enter the contest is May 12. Entrants in this year’s contest must write a story of 400/500 or fewer words depending on the writer’s grade level.  First, second, third, and fourth prizes will be awarded in each age group. The International Wizard of Oz Club will donate the prizes.

Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! The Ultimate Family Getaway At The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. and The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown The robust package commemorates the milestone anniversaries of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and the Wizard of Oz through a host of unique experiences. Tailored to Ritz-Carlton guests of all ages, the package encourages families to discover and explore the nation’s capital in a fun and interactive format while providing a refined luxury experience in two of Washington’s only AAA Five Diamond hotels.

Oz in the News 3.23.14

tumblr_lzg94uccht1ql23g2o1_500‘Wizard of Oz’ provides themes of comfort and faith for Moore parish after May 2013 tornadoes  Film clips from “The Wizard of Oz,” faux yellow bricks and a priest dressed in a blue gingham shirt and red shoes helped convey the theme of the “Over the Rainbow Into the Kingdom” Lenten mission at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 805 NW 5. The Rev. Jack Feehily, pastor, said about 50 members of the St. Andrew parish lost their homes during the fatal May 20 twister. Feehily said many people are on the road to recovery, and the “Over the Rainbow” series was a way to aid in that process. “The goal is just to continue to help people move into recovery, beyond some of the terrible experiences that they had, especially the kids who are fearful of storms now,” Feehily said.

3×5 film festival in Jacksonville, Florida  From the Wizard of Oz… To the political drama Mr Smith Goes to Washington. They’re all going being screened. Plus – celebrities from around the community will be there with a unique commentary on the films.  The festival is at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. It opens at 7 P-M on Friday night with a reception. Tickets are 7-dollars each, or five tickets for 25-dollars. For more information – you can check out×5/

Oz in the News 3.22.14

StoryAll Things Oz Museum Seeks Support  Financial and in-kind support is needed by the “All Things Oz” museum in Chittenango, NY.  After nearly three years in its current location the museum has lost its lease and will be moving to its permanent home at 219 Genesee St. Time is of the essence! The exhibits in the current location must be moved by March 31. It is important that the museum is settled in its new location prior to the annual Oz-Stravaganza Festival in early June.

The foundation is reaching out for help please contact: Marc Baum 315 679 6104, Colleen Zimmer 315 415 8546, or Barb Evans 315 687 6250 to donate and with questions. Checks to support the museum can be made out to: All Things Oz and mailed to All Things Oz, PO Box 456, Chittenango, NY 13037. Donations can also be made via Paypal:

Further information about the upcoming festival can be found at:

Oz in the News 3.21.14

TikTokMan_Poster_bigTikTokMonochromeHit musical “The Tik-Tok Man of Oz” by L. Frank Baum returns to San Diego, CA via KickStarter  Clockwork Productions presents the vintage stage musical of THE TIK-TOK MAN OF OZ. This musical was written by L. Frank Baum, author of THE WIZARD OF OZ, as a sequel. It was successfully staged in Los Angeles in 1913, then toured the USA and Canada through 1914. A cast of engaging and diverse fantasy characters travels from the Land to Oz to the underground Metal Forest and over the rainbow in a fast-moving story sprinkled with magic and romance. Our production includes the complete surviving original score, which ranges in style from tin pan alley to operetta.  This revival will be presented one night only, on Saturday, August 9, 2014, as the evening program of the 50th annual Winkie Con, the world’s longest running Oz event. The Regency Ballroom of the Town and Country Resort, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, California, will be turned into a theater to present the show.

British man assaults wife who kept singing ‘Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead’ after death of his mother  An angry British husband assaulted his wife because she kept singing “Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead” after his mom died. Andrew Salmon, 42, packed up her stuff and refused to let her into their Truro, Cornwall, home. And when she hid in the garden shed, he locked her inside. Salmon, who confessed that his actions were out of order, said he was depressed and unhappy his wife was not being supportive over the loss of his mother.

Oz in the News 3.19.14

164780_mediumNew Jersey Symphony Orchestra to Present THE WIZARD OF OZ with Accompaniment, 4/26-27  Attendees can dress up as favorite Wizard of Oz characters to participate in a pre-concert costume contest-with prize categories for adults and children-in the concert-hall lobby. Other special festivities also precede each concert. Patrons can dance to the swinging sounds of the Michael Arenella Sextet in the NJPAC lobby on April 26 and can join in on a sing-along of songs from both The Wizard of Oz and the Harold Arlen songbook at the State Theatre on April 27.

164808_mediumAmerican Fairy Tales, celebrating the life and work of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum  The University of California at Riverside  celebrates The Wizard of Oz and its creator, L. Frank Baum: the world premiere of Tim Labor’s A Royal Pair, musically telling two tales by Baum, and concert suites from The Wizard of Oz and its two offspring Wicked and Oz: The Great and Powerful.  The brilliant Johanna McKay returns as narrator.  Esther Hays Family Concert series:  Free and open to the public.

164815_mediumThe Summer in the City Celebration committee will be hosting a Wizard of Oz Festival June 20 through 21 in downtown Ionia  This event will be in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz. The Wizard of Oz Festival will feature character look-a-like contests, arts and crafts vendors, a silent auction, musical entertainment and the showing of the original “Wizard of Oz” film, as well as “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” at the Ionia Theatre. The silent auction will feature gifts and items related to the Wizard of Oz as well as a special live auction featuring autographed items from a private collection.

Oz in the News 3.18.14

lJudy Garland: A Legendary Film Career Over the years, Judy Garland was billed as “the little girl with the great big voice,” “Miss Show Business,” and the “world’s greatest entertainer.” She was also the preeminent musical star of the legendary Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in the heyday of Hollywood motion pictures, and this special, one-time-only presentation will cover many aspects of a film career that began in 1929 and concluded in 1963. Garland starred in such genre classics as For Me and My Gal, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Pirate, and Easter Parade; was on-screen partner to both Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire; shared billing in ten films with Mickey Rooney; was Oscar-nominated for both A Star is Born and Judgment at Nuremberg; and received a special Academy Award for The Wizard of Oz. She also enjoyed unprecedented stage and concert triumphs, radio success, and what has turned out to be a body of timeless television work and hit recordings. Today, Judy Garland is one of the few 20th Century movie stars whose cross-generational appeal continues to burgeon, and A Legendary Film Career shows why. Lecturer John Fricke is a two-time Emmy Award-winning producer/writer, a Grammy Award-nominee for journalism, and the author of seven books about Garland and Oz. He has spoken on these topics everywhere from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles to the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Deauville Film Festival in France. Following his appearance here, he’ll serve as a special guest presenter at this year’s TCM (Turner Classic Movies) Film Festival in Hollywood.

Jay Electronica Taps Nation of Islam, Wizard of Oz in New Song  It’s been years since mysery man Jay Electronica has released any new music. And while hip-hop heads are still waiting on a full-fledged album, he did drop a brilliant new single called “Better In Tune With the Infinite.” Featuring his characteristic mash-up style, the track opens up with up with samples from former Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad and ‘The Wizard of Oz.” The song also features singer LaTonya Givens.

Oz in the News 3.16.14

28dafffca30411e3b0d8124666b39ba1_8The Shadow of Oz Kickstarter Campaign Needs Your Support  40 hours until the curtain comes down and they make us get off the stage and back to work deck-building. We’ve done a lot of drum banging, cheerleading, and jazz handing. At this point, in these final hours, you, our lovely Backers, are the best hope for this project. You can help us get Funded by Sharing, Facebooking, Tweeting and Emailing everyone and anyone. Especially to that one friend. You know who we mean. You’ve been wanting to tell them about the Shadow of Oz for weeks, but you kept forgetting. Now’s the time. They’re ready to hear about it. There’s over 330 of you and you have amazing Group Power. Here’s a shortlink to share, if you’re into the whole brevity thing: