Oz in the News 3.30.16

tn-500_wickedlondon_markcurry_thewizard_0639_photobymattcrockett_rtFirst Look at Mark Curry as The Wizard in the West End’s WICKED  West End musical phenomenon WICKED, which tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has released the first pictures of Mark Curry as The Wizard. Actor and presenter Curry took over the role on March 25, alongsideEmma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Sean Kearns (Doctor Dillamond), Daniel Hope (Boq) and Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose). Mark Curry is best remembered by many for Blue Peter, which he co-hosted alongside Caron Keating and Yvette Fielding from 1986 to 1990. His recent theatre appearances include: Agatha Christie‘s And Then There Were None (UK Tour); Out of Order (The Mill at Sonning); Victor/Victoria (Southwark Playhouse); Company (Southwark Playhouse); The Rocky Horror Picture Show (UK Tour); and Victoria Wood‘s Talent (Menier Chocolate Factory).

7 Things You Never Knew About the Ruby Slippers From The Wizard of Oz  The pair that now lives in the Smithsonian—and started the craze for collecting—was sold for $15,000 in 1970. Before they could hit the auction block they had to be located though, a feat that proved difficult. “During the auction preparations nobody could find the shoes. It took costumer Kent Warner months to find them among the 450,000 costumes that were there,” White told us. “Eventually he found them in a dusty old barn that used to exist on the MGM lot.” A behind-the-scenes video reveals that the sequins are made of gelatin, a material that doesn’t play nice with most cleaners. Instead, restoration techs have to clean each individual sequin with cotton dipped in ice water.

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