Oz in the News 3.29.15

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Oz-Stravaganza! 2015 Guest Lineup  The 37th annual Oz-Stravaganza! festival will be held June 5th – 7th in the birthplace of L. Frank Baum – Chittenango NY. The International L. Frank Baum and All Things Oz Historical Foundation is proud to announce the fantastic 2015 Oz-Stravaganza! Festival guest list. This year marks the 37th annual Oz festival, and the organizers could not be more excited about the fantastic  guest lineup and free Oz programming being offered. The 2015 theme is Oz “ShowStoppers”, and we are celebrating the anniversaries of some very important milestones in the OZ universe.  Two-time Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee John Fricke will once again be hosting the festival as well as the  stage shows featuring our guests both Friday and Saturday night.
Additionally, Munchkin by Marriage- Myrna Swensen will be available to meet fans and sign autographs.  In 1995, an author took a step back in the OZ timeline with a clever “what if” story about the witches we have grown to love. In the book “Wicked: The life and Times of The Wicked Witch of the West”, we are taken on a journey to what happened before Dorothy arrived in Oz. This year, in order to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of this book- Oz-Stravaganza! Is pleased to announce that Gregory Maguire will be a part of Oz-Stravaganza!.  30 years ago, Disney took a chance on a live action film featuring some great characters from Baum’s OZ books including the Nome King, Tik Tok, and even Jack Pumpkinhead. This year movie Critic, Director and Producer Ryan Jay will be joining us to share some of his new documentary on the film “Return to Oz”. In addition, making her OZ festival debut- Ozma herself, actress Emma Ridley will be at Oz-Stravaganza!  Additionally known for his work on the large and small screen, as well as Broadway. He voices the very popular character “Oogie Boogie” in “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, as well as portraying Max in the movie ‘Dreamgirls’, and originating roles on Broadway in Cats and Ain’t Misbehaving.  He also has played the Cowardly Lion in the stage production of “The Wizard of Oz” which starred Mickey Rooney as the Wizard, and Ertha Kit as the Wicked Witch of the west. For the first time at Oz-Stravaganza! – Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Original Broadway engagement of “The Wiz” – the lion himself- Ken Page will serve as the 2015 parade grand marshal.  The 100th anniversary of Baum’s book “Scarecrow of Oz” will also be celebrated this year. To help with this part of the celebration, Christianna Rickard- author and niece of MGM’s Scarecrow- actor Ray Bolger will be on hand to share stories and memories of her uncle. Author’s and Illustrators Alley return again this year with several special guests including headliner- Roger Baum and his wife Charlene. Roger is L. Frank Baum’s Great Grandson, and has written many Oz books, including “Dorothy of Oz” which was made into the 2014 animated film “Legend of Oz: Dorothy’s Return”.
The Oz committee hopes you’ll make plans to attend Oz-Stravaganza! in the Syracuse NY suburb of Chittenango June 5th-7th, 2015.
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