Oz in the News 6.7.15

jghome8Second annual Wizard of Oz Festival  The Judy Garland Museum has announced its second annual Wizard of Oz Festival. Last year the Festival gained national attention by breaking the Guinness World Record for the most persons dressed as characters from the 1939 film. This year, the four-day event is scheduled from Wednesday, June 10, through Saturday, June 13, with numerous events for children, and Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland fans alike. The highlight of the Festival will be a presentation by Hamilton Meserve, son of Margaret Hamilton, whose portrayal of The Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 classic film is legendary. Meserve’s reminiscence is entitled, “Oz, The Witch and Mom.” His appearance is especially fitting, as Ms. Hamilton herself appeared in Grand Rapids to remember Wizard of Oz costar Garland back in 1979.

Wizard of Oz Festival blows into Ionia June 19-20 Returning for its second year in Ionia, the festival offers two days of non-stop, family-friendly fun and activities. Attractions include character look-a-like contests, 5K Race to Oz, a soap box derby, diaper dash, music and more. A vintage treasures, arts, crafts and flea market show will also be open both days. The movie that started it all 76 years ago will be presented at the Ionia Theatre on Friday, June 19, and again on Saturday, June 20. Admission is only 25 cents, in honor of the 1939 ticket pricing. Celebrity guests include Mary Ellen St. Aubin, the wife of the late Oz Munchkin Parnell St. Aubin. Authors Ron Baxley and James Wallace II will also be featured, and a premier book release will take place at the festival before it is available in stores or online. For Oz collectors, a special shipment of autographed items has arrived and will be featured for sale at the festival’s souvenir booth.

WICKED’s Lilli Cooper Sings ‘The Wizard and I’ at Stars in the Alley  STARS IN THE ALLEY, presented by United Airlines, was held earlier last week, May 27th in Shubert Alley, between Broadway and 8th Avenue and 44th and 45th Streets. Hosted by HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH’s Darren Criss, Broadway’s best turned out for the annual performance – including Wicked’s Lilli Cooper, who performed “The Wizard and I”

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