Oz in the News 11.19.15

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Queen Latifah and Uzo Aduba are almost unrecognisable in intricate costumes for The Wiz Live! musical production  New character portraits for The Wiz Live!, NBC’s upcoming three-hour TV event, have emerged. The live musical production, set to air on December 3, stars Queen Latifah as The Wiz and Uzo Aduba as Glinda the Good. The Wiz Live!, which features an all African-American cast, is adapted from the 1975 Broadway production of the same name and a modern take on the book, L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Acclaimed Wizard of Oz-Inspired The Woodsman to Return to New York   The Woodsman, a drama inspired by the backstory of L. Frank Baum’s famous Tin Man character, will return to New York in early 2016. It will begin performances January 27 at New World Stages — Stage 5, with opening night set for February 7 for an open run. Written by James Ortiz and directed by Ortiz and Claire Karpen, the play, which features music by Edward W. Hardy and lyrics by Jennifer Loring tells the story of the lonely Tin Woodsman of Oz, who must embark on a journey to protect the love of his life from the evil Wicked Witch of the East. The work premiered at 59E59 Theaters in January 2014 and played a return engagement at the venue in January 2015.

East Lynne Presents “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus  Ever wonder where did Santa Claus grow up?  Why he only delivers toys only on one night?  How he became immortal? These and other questions are answered in L. Frank Baum’s “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” presented by the award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company on Friday, November 27, Saturday, November 28, Sunday, December 6, and Thursday through Saturday, December 10, 11, and 12, all at 8:00p.m., with a matinee on December 12 at 2:00p.m.  The location is The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St. in Cape May, where the company is in residence. This adaptation of the Baum classic was written by ELTC’s artistic director Gayle Stahlhuth who also performs the thirty-some characters in storytelling fashion. Not only has she been praised by patrons and reviewers alike for her solo work, but when she last performed this one-person tour-de-force in 2010, it was designated an “American Masterpiece”: part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Masterpieces Series, acknowledging those who introduce Americans to “the best of their cultural and artistic legacy.”

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