Oz in the News 10.22.15

5627bedcdbd31.imageWest Side maze takes guests to the Land of Oz  A family-owned and operated corn maze is entertaining guests for a 13th consecutive Halloween season. Fantozzi Farms, operated by Paul and Denise Fantozzi, packs hours of family-friendly fun into 25 acres of corn mazes with more than five miles of paths. The operation also includes a pumpkin patch, pipe slides, pig races on weekends, hay rides, a corn seed pit, cow train rides, corn cannons and hay bale pyramids.  Fantozzi Farms, located at 2665 Sperry Ave., Patterson, CA is open weekends through Oct. 31 and weekdays by appointment for school field trips.

Vincent D’Onofrio to Play the Wizard in NBC’s ‘Emerald City’  Vincent D’Onofrio has been tapped to play the Wizard of Oz in Emerald City, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 10-episode, straight-to-series drama centers on 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (True Detective’s Adria Arjona) and her K9 police dog who are transported to a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. The series takes place in the fabled Land of Oz in a way never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.

TOM MCGOWAN as The Wizard in Wicked  Best known internationally as KACL Station Manager ‘Kenny Daly’ in over 40 episodes of Frasier, opposite Kelsey Grammer, Tom McGowan made his West End debut playing The Wizard at London’sApollo Victoria Theatre, where he continues in the role until Saturday 12th March 2016.

‘Oz’ is a delightful new take on an old story   It is altogether fitting that the Lambs Players Theatre here in Coronado should be the one to debut a new musical, Oz,based on L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz.”  Baum used to vacation at the nearby Hotel del Coronado, and some of his later stories in the Oz series were said to be penned there. Besides being a musical treat, with the cast singing and dancing to the rhythms of bluegrass, gospel and salsa, Oz is a treat for people who enjoy dialects.  The Munch Kin people speak in Irish and Scottish accents; the witches seem archly English; the scarecrow is a hillbilly; the tin man is African-American, and the Cowardly Lion is Latino.  As for Dorothy– what else? — she’s from Kansas.


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