Ray Bolger, Elastic Man Bolger, keeping one eye peeled for a cue to get back to the set from Jerry Thorpe (son of MGM veteran director Richard Thorpe), told us he still had his Oz costume: hat, tunic, pants, leggings and bits of telltale straw (it resided in an upstairs closet alongside the rest of his cardigans) and that he enjoyed watching the film when it was annually rebroadcast on television. Bolger’s charity did not extend to the reimagined stage musical and film version of Oz –The Wiz. “I’m sorry to say, I don’t think much of it,” he said. “The Wiz is overblown and will never have the universal appeal The Wizard of Oz has obtained.” Time has proved Bolger correct with The Wiz being a scarcely seen curio chiefly for people interested in the fleeting film careers of Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
Not My Job: We Quiz Frank Oz On L. Frank Baum, Author Of ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Director and puppeteer Frank Oz is one of the most familiar voices in the world — in fact, he’s dozens of them. As a founder of the Muppets, he was Bert, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Cookie Monster, Yoda, and more. Since he’s probably heard his share of jokes about The Wizard of Oz over the years, we’ve decided to ask him three questions about L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its many sequels.