Oz in the News 6.7.16

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Get on ‘The Wizard of Oz’ train  Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Rail Events Inc., and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad announce the debut of The Wizard of Oz Train Ride beginning July 14 at the GSMR depot in Bryson City. The 2.5-hour roundtrip journey will retell the story of the beloved movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” on board a real train. Guests will board the train with Dorothy and several of her special friends as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City. Along the way, you’ll enjoy refreshments and live onboard entertainment featuring all the characters from the iconic film. You’ll then return to Munchkinland with the characters on board the train and available for photos. Children will receive a special gift for helping Dorothy on her unforgettable journey. The adventure operates July 14-17, 21-24, 28-31 and Aug 4-7. Exact excursion times and ticket prices are available by calling 800.872.4681 or by visiting www.gsmr.com.

YouTube star Todrick Hall offers a different kind of ‘Oz’  With 2 million subscribers and 350 million views on YouTube, Todrick Hall knows how to reach an audience. Now the Broadway performer, former “American Idol” semi-finalist and internet video king is coming to Fresno’s Tower Theatre in person. Think of it as a new twist on the classic “Wizard of Oz,” with 20 new songs, a cast of 18 and extensive choreography. “Oz” is stopping in Fresno in a multi-city lineup that includes Vancouver, Portland, Tacoma, Anaheim, Sacramento, Phoenix, Houston and Dallas.

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