Oz in the News 10.14.14

Wizard-of-Oz-GroupWe’re Off To See ‘The Wizard of Oz’  “The Wizard of Oz” is presented on the main stage at the Center for Puppetry Arts and is a glorious example of traditional puppetry at its finest, filled with great special effects (truly one of the rare marionette performances to feature a tornado lifting a house into the sky) and a host of songs — composed and performed by Steve Frisch — that fit so perfectly they should have been in the movie version. Each of Dorothy’s three companions poignantly sums up his plight in a song — “Strawman Blues,” “Tinman Blues” and “Cowardly Blues.”  And of course the hopeful solution to all of their problems — including Dorothy’s quest to find Toto and to get back home — is to follow the yellow brick road to the palace of the great and powerful Wizard.

I’m a Celebrity meets the Wizard of Oz: Watch Ant and Dec head up the Yellow Brick Road  It is filmed in the Australian outback rather than the Land of Oz, but Declan Donnelly recorded a Wizard Of Oz-themed trailer to mark the return of the series, which this year is rumoured to include singer Tulisa Contostavlos, Olympic diver Tom Daley, TV host Melanie Sykes and former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan. In the trailer, the duo decide to follow a yellow brick road to find camp. Appearing from a hut looking flustered, Ant says: “Ooh, that was a whirlwind journey.”  “Which way to camp then?” asks Dec, looking around. They spot a yellow brick road and both point, excitedly saying, “Follow the yellow dirt road!” “Hold on, what on earth are you wearing on your feet?”, Ant then asks Dec. “Do you know what? They’re surprisingly comfy,” says Dec, clicking the heels of his sparkly, red slippers together.

Oceans 234: Wizard of Oz Bash  Oceans 234, one of Deerfield Beach’s most popular beachfront restaurants, will be hosting a Wizard of Oz-Themed Halloween Bash on Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m., this year featuring a frightening “Wizard of Oz” theme. Guests are invited to wear their most devious disguises to enjoy a costume contest, prizes and live entertainment in the Emerald City-inspired environment. Festively costumed staffers will serve hand-crafted drinks and for a wickedly good time.

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