Oz in the News 4.22.14

PETITCOOKIES_OPEN_-3Dylan’s Candy Bar Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Wizard of Oz  The collection features special edition items of nostalgic, character-themed confections to celebrate the film, such as chocolate bars created for Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man, and hand-decorated cookies shaped like Toto and the classic Wizard of Oz rainbow. There are also lollipops fashioned as Dorothy’s magical ruby slippers and the also magical (but slightly maniacal) villain, the Wicked Witch. In addition to the candy collection launch, the two companies have partnered to create a larger-than-life candy sculpture out of Jelly Belly ® jelly beans. The sculpture will be unveiled at the Original Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles, CA, on May 4, 2014.

Wizard of Oz Fest to Enchant Fans in Orland Park, IL  The festival will feature special guest speaker and Master of Ceremonies, John Fricke.  Fricke is the spokesman for Warner Bros. as the host of the Hollywood re-premiere of the Wizard of Oz film on its 75th anniversary.  He is a two-time Emmy Award winner as co-producer and co-writer of programs on A&E and PBS-TV. Also a featured special guest is Roger S. Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum who is the author of the original Wonderful Wizard of Oz book. Roger is a bestselling children’s author whose 2013 book, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s return, will be released as a movie in theaters nationwide May 2014. In addition to Fricke and Baum, many other special guests will be announced as the event draws near. 

Cantanti della donna of Alabama to celebrate ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Cantanti della donna honors this 75th anniversary year of “The Wizard of Oz” with a concert featuring songs about going home and highlighting the variety of musicals based on the original film. These include songs from “The Wiz”, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, “The Wizard of Oz”, and the current smash, “Wicked.”

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