Oz in the News 6.14.16

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The McKittrick Hotel’s Next Supercinema to Celebrate THE WIZARD OF OZ  New York’s most dynamic new dance party, Supercinema, returns this month with The Emerald City Ball in honor of The Wizard of Oz on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at The McKittrick Hotel (530 W 27th Street, New York, NY), home of Sleep No More. Supercinema, a one-of-a-kind nightlife experience told through a cinematic lens, invites guests to a music-and-live-performance-filled dance party inspired by the world of that month’s film or film series, as with recent installments that immersed partygoers in worlds of Baz Luhrmann‘s Romeo + Juliet in February, James Bond 007 in March, Alice in Wonderland in April, and most recently The Great Gatsby in May. Each Supercinema party requires guests arrive in costumes inspired by the film, which for The Wizard of Oz means dressing as Dorothy Gale, Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, Wicked Witch of the West, Cowardly Lion, Glinda (Good Witch), Flying Monkey, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, The Wizard, Emerald City Citizen (All Green), Rainbow Attire, Lollipop Guild, or Lullaby League. The evening features scenic installations, pop-up theatrical performances, costumes galore and an all-night open bar with your ticket. Ticket packages are on-sale now. For info and tickets, visit SupercinemaNYC.com.

‘Oz’ exhibit at Figge may bring healing after massacre  A new exhibit about the “Wizard of Oz” at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport might become a healing experience after a mass shooting Sunday in Florida. Willard Carroll of Camden, Maine, was on hand Sunday afternoon at the museum to talk about the 110-object collection that belongs to him and Tom Wilhite and is on display at the museum. “Art does heal,” Carroll said. “It’s not just escape. It’s a way of making sense out of all of the randomness out there.” During his hour-long presentation, Carroll answered question after question about the collection, which he began when he was a child. His first items were hand puppets of several of the characters. “The fantasy world of Oz was my first approach to a world larger than myself,” he said. “I think it helped make me very social.”

Three things you may not know about St. Louis’ ties to ‘The Wizard of Oz’  This year marks the twelfth time since 1942 that The Muny has put “The Wizard of Oz” on stage. Although the book had been turned into a musical much earlier, the production The Muny put on in 1942, three years after the movie was released, was ground-breaking. “They were the very first theater anywhere to do ‘The Wizard of Oz’ on stage with the songs from the movie,” Fricke said. “They knew after three years that people wanted to hear those songs. They borrowed the orchestrations from MGM, not the script, but they had the songs. That version, started by The Muny, played everywhere for decades.” In fact, it was so groundbreaking that it brought Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West in the movies to The Muny to play the same part years after the movie was released.

On Judy Garland’s birthday, we talk to Lorna Luft about the lasting memory of her iconic mother  “Mum was in New York and my sister and I were in LA. We had a well-meaning nanny that use to tell us our mum was gonna be on TV and then all of a sudden, there she was. But on screen, we see her but as a character. And then when Margaret Hamilton and the monkeys appeared on screen, Liza and I got so upset and started crying. Actually, my mother then called us from New York asking “how did you like the film?” and had two kids crying. [laughs] She was like “Oh, no! It’s only pretend”. I don’t think we were any different to any other kids in being scared by parts of the film so mum had the right answers to say.”

‘Wizard of Oz’ was last ballet Sara Powell wrote  In January 2016, Sara, with the help of her friend and assistant ballet instructor Camryn Blacka, wrote and choreographed the upcoming ballet, “The Wizard of Oz.” When Sara suddenly passed away on May 3, her parents and dance instructors made the difficult decision to not close her studio but to honor her by continuing the dance company and performing “The Wizard of Oz Ballet.”

 

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