Oz in the News 6.5.16

captiveheartsofoz-imgSeven Seas Launches Original Manga Series Captive Hearts of Oz by Alice in the Country of… Artist Fujimaru  North American manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it will release a new original manga series titled Captive Hearts of Oz, by Japanese manga creator Mamenosuke Fujimaru (Alice in the Country of Clover, Alice in the Country of Hearts). Japanese writer Ryo Maruya is collaborating on the story. The manga has not been previously released in Japan or elsewhere.Seven Seas publisher Jason DeAngelis explained, “Fujimaru is the defining artist for the Alice franchise, and as such, we reached out to her to create a new take on The Wizard of Oz world, with an otome game-style spin to the story.” The first oversized volume is slated for January 31, 2017.

Performers Reflect On How Judy Garland Set the Bar for Musical Theatre  Lillias White, Alice Ripley, Barrett Foa, Annie Golden, Nathan Lee Graham, Vivian Reed, Lady Rizo, Gay Marshall, Carol Lipnik, Rob Maitner, Gabrielle Stravelli, T. Oliver Reid and Nadia Quinn and Ahna O’Reilly with the Playbillies will headline the sixth annual Night Of A Thousand Judys, the Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre. In anticipation of the show, its cast reflected on why Garland was so iconic, what set her apart from others and how she has shaped the state of musical theatre.

No place like Chittenango, say officials on casino’s one-year anniversary  The Yellow Brick Road Casino, 800 West Genesee St., celebrated its one-year anniversary Thursday with thanks to its employees, and the business and community partners, that have made it a source of economic and civic growth. The Oneida Nation has supported Oz-Stravaganza, the yearly celebration of L. Frank Baum and “The Wizard of Oz” book and movie, since 2007. That support includes giving $125,000 to update street lights in Chittenango. The casino reflects themes found in the book and has helped increase tourist traffic to the area. “They have done more than refurbish an old building,” All Things Oz Historical Foundation Trustee Marc Baum said. “The Oneida Nation has provided an anchor for the community. The increased tourism has attracted people to downtown Chittenango, and it’s benefitted the business here and the Oz-Stravaganza festival.”

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