Oz in the News 1.6.15

friends_with_doug_revised‘Wizard Of Oz’ Yellow Brick Road Peekskill Tale Is Disproved  Could the yellow brick road from the “The Wizard of Oz” really lead to Peekskill? One of the city’s most enduring tales is that when L. Frank Baum, author of “The Wizard of Oz,” arrived in Peekskill by boat from his hometown of Chittenango, N.Y., to attend Peekskill Military Academy, he asked someone how to get to the school. Baum was  told to follow “the yellow brick road” at West Street in Peekskill. The line stuck with him, leading to Peekskill to being the origin of one of the most quoted lines in history. Unfortunately, it’s probably not very true. While Baum did attend Peekskill Military Academy for 18 months, it is not where he got the famous line from. According to an interview with Roger Baum, Frank Baum’s great grandson, the famed yellow brick road was named after a street in Michigan where Baum spent vacations with his family.

40 Years of ‘The Wiz’: Music Times Chooses Five Classic Scenes from The Film Adaptation, Starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson  We’re not Broadway people but we know a classic when we see it, and The Wiz is classic. The idea of adapting a cinematic masterpiece such as The Wizard of Oz into a new musical—set far from the rural lands of the original in the urban streets of New York City—could have fallen flat but William F. Brown‘s play was anything but. We hope that the musical gets a Broadway revival (the last attempt, during 2004, was abandoned) but until then the best way to check out The Wiz is via the 1978 film version starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor and more. We’ve whittled down a short list of our favorite scenes from that film to celebrate the play’s 40th anniversary.

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