Oz in the News 10.30.14

oz_webThe Oz Project  Parallel 45’s spectacular fall production is a completely original musical experience based on The Wizard of Oz, directed and choreographed by founding member Justin Perez. This jukebox musical will feature bold design elements and stunning contemporary dance set to popular songs from across the canon. Come experience this classic story reconstructed in new, dazzling ways!

Tinley Park prepares for 2015 Wizard of Oz festival  After this year’s disappointing cancellation, Tinley Park is gearing up for the 2015 Wizard of Oz Festival. The village, which scheduled a planning meeting for Oct. 29, is in the process of trying to staff several planning committees with local volunteers, said Vicki Sanchez, Tinley’s special events coordinator. So far, Sanchez said the village has received “a ton” of interest in the event. “People are really into ‘Wizard of Oz,'” Sanchez said. “It’s like a cult following.”

The great and original Oz musical  The Historic Everett Theatre has the privilege of debuting the next incantation of the story, titled “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” It is a worthy addition to its predecessors. Michael Gershowitz, who works at Kirkland Music Academy, had dreamed of remaking “The Wizard of Oz,” since he was very young. Twenty years ago, he discovered that not long after the book was published, that its author, L. Frank Baum Baum, also wrote a musical based on his story. Since no one else had an interest in it, and after getting permission from the family, Mr. Gershowitz and his company, Page2Stage Entertainment, revived the musical that had been collecting dust, but adding in their own songs, as well. His colleague, Joshua Sibley, also added songs until they had six composers and many more songs, such as “Witches Debate” and “Utopian Society.”

Wizardly tale: Ziaukas: Baum never a Bradfordian despite rumor  University of Pittsburgh at Bradford professor Tim Ziaukas laid to rest a rumor that has proliferated Bradford for many years — whether L. Frank Baum, author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” had really lived in the city. “L. Frank Baum was never a Bradfordian,” said Ziaukas, who is a professor of public relations. The error comes dates back to the Nov. 19, 1899, edition of the Syracuse Standard titled “Father Goose”: “Mr. Baum … founded The Era at Bradford, Pennsylvania, which has become a flourishing daily.”  “There it is. And it’s not true by a long shot, nor is it known if Baum himself fabricated the data or the journalist made a mistake,” Ziaukas said.

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