Oz in the News 11.1.15

1943111000Portsmouth family builds elaborate Wizard of Oz yard display  Paul and Farrah Benton’s front yard is quite the spectacle, even more than last year. For their annual Halloween display, the Portsmouth couple spent the past two-and-a-half months building their most ambitious showing yet: an elaborate ode to the “Wizard of Oz.” “We worked really hard on it, lots of attention to detail,” Paul Benton said, pointing to mannequins, car parts, smoke machines and the effigy of a dead evil witch. The display follows the film chronologically, a yellow tarp stretching from Dorothy’s Kansas farmhouse toward munchkins, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. As Halloween weekend grew closer, the Bentons worked more than 100 hours a week in their garage to put the finishing touches on the scene, largely made from thrift store finds.

Full Casting Announced for The Wizard of Oz National Tour  Full casting has been announced for the North American tour of the new stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, which will kick off on December 1 at Playhouse Square Center in Cleveland.  The tour will star Sarah Lasko as Dorothy, Mark A. Harmon as Professor Marvel/The Wizard, Shani Hadjian as the Wicked Witch of the West, Aaron Fried as Lion, Jay McGill as Tin Man, Morgan Reynolds as Scarecrow, Rachel Womble as Glinda, Randy Charleville as Uncle Henry, and Emmanuelle Zeesman as Auntie Em. The ensemble will feature Victoria Abhalter, Danielle Behrens, Amy Button, Will Geoghegan, Beau Hutchings, Nick Morgan, Justin G. Nelson, Nick Picknally, Corey Rives, Dominick Sannelli, Jenna Brooke Scannelli, Maggie Spicer, Alex Swift, Jake Vacanti, Adam Vanek, Shannon Walsh, Kaley Were, Kyle White, and Dorsey Ziller.

10 Wickedly Wonderful Musicals Inspired By “The Wizard of Oz”  “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (1900) by Lyman Frank Baum is a beloved children’s classic that has yielded many interpretations onstage and on screen. Of these myriad inceptions, many have taken on musical form. There is something about this magical world that inspires a musicality that audiences have embraced again and again. With the 12th anniversary of Wicked’s triumphant reign on Broadway just celebrated, it is exciting to look back at the musical versions of Oz that have joyously inhabited Broadway, film and television. – See more at: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/10-wickedly-wonderful-musicals-inspired-by-the-wizard-of-oz-369380?r=n#sthash.Sc7pAVsE.dpuf

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