Oz in the News 7.18.14

3652987807There’s no place like home for Judy Garland fans worldwide  From her appearance in the 1939 Wizard of Oz film in those ruby red slippers at the age of 17, Judy Garland became an instant superstar. Now her memory lives on with the International Judy Garland Fanclub, which has hundreds of members from around the world. It is run from a bedroom in Armley, Leeds, by secretary Marielle O’Neill, 26. She runs the official fanclub with Gary Horrocks from Beverley, who is club president and also editor of the journal ’Judy Garland: A celebration’.

Oz’s Cowardly Lion and Paul McCartney Once Lived in this Beverly Hills Home  What do Paul McCartney of “The Beatles” and The “Cowardly Lion” in the “Wizard of OZ” have in common? An address apparently! A residence in Beverly Hills, which attracted several high profile celebrities like Melanie Griffith and pin-up girl Betty Grable apart from the aforementioned celebrities, can now be yours for $28.5 million. The residence at 9555 Heather Rd was built in 1941 for Bert Lahr – the man who played the “Cowardly Lion” in “The Wizard of Oz.” It was designed by starchitect Paul Williams and has been renovated with care to include the most modern amenities while preserving its original touches.

See ‘Wizard of Oz’ come to life  Beloved “Wizard of Oz” characters including Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Glinda the Good Witch, the Wicked Witch of the West and The Wizard will come to life Friday in a special event at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum in Allentown. The event is like a live exhibit, with visitors taking guided tours through seven scenes from L. Frank Baum’s classic story. There’s even a dog portraying Toto. The museum also will show the earliest surviving film version L. Frank Baum’s book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Created by the Selig Polyscope Co. in 1910, the 13-minute silent film draws heavily on the book and the 1902 stage musical adaptation.

Bay Area Playwrights Festival’s final 6 playwrights  “We ended up reading over 500 plays this year,” says Amy Mueller, now in her 13th year as artistic director of San Francisco’s Playwrights Foundation. That’s 500 candidates to fill the six slots for fully rehearsed – and then re-rehearsed – staged readings at the 37th annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival.”Ozma of Oz” by Rob Melrose, a musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum‘s second “Oz” sequel, is the foundation’s fourth co-production with another company (Melrose’s Cutting Ball Theater).

Ohio State marching band will make a trip to Oz in halftime show  A journey to Oz is in store for the Ohio State University Marching Band. Sometime this fall, the ensemble will mark the 75th anniversary of the film The Wizard of Oz with a halftime performance seemingly on par with the heightened formations and theatrics that last season made the musicians a worldwide viral sensation. “Dorothy will be on her journey to get back to Ohio. You will see flying monkeys; some crazy, wonderful things. We will have a great time with a Buckeye spin on this wonderful, historical film.” Naturally, the wicked witch will hail from Michigan.

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