Oz in the News 8.26.16

downloadWatch Broadway’s Oz Music Video, Fusing Wizard of Oz and The Wiz  The Oz Project, a love letter to The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz, was created and performed by Broadway’s diehard Oz fans, including Kate Rockwell,Joshua Henry, Rob McClure and more. The video has been released—on the same date The Wizard of Oz hit movie theatres nationally in 1939. The ten-minute music video follows the parallel journeys of Dorothy in each adaptation as they both get whisked away in the same tornado, land in their respective versions of Oz and follow their own yellow brick road. Their stories are interwoven with highlights from each classic score. “People need to focus on their similarities instead of harping on their differences—and support each other instead of trying to take each other down,” says The Oz Project director Sean Barrett. “It doesn’t matter your gender, race, sexuality, or religion—we all travel the same yellow brick road of life searching for the same things—love, wisdom, home and the courage to be yourself without abandon. The story and morals are the same, no matter which version is told. Dorothy and her friends are examples for all of us.”

Clarksville planning world-record attempt during ‘A Day in Oz’ festival  The city of Clarksville will resemble a scene from “The Wizard of Oz” on Saturday when the streets become filled with prancing Munchkins, green witches and lots of Dorothys, scarecrows, tin men and cowardly lions. And Totos, too. Clarksville will be the site of the second annual “A Day in Oz” festival — an event that met with great success last year when more than 3,000 visitors filed into the 442-population town for a rousing event that earned high praise from participants. On June 13, 2014, in Grand Rapids, Minn., 1,093 people dressed as Oz characters showed up for the movie’s 75th anniversary celebration outside the Judy Garland Museum. Bishop thinks Clarksville has a good shot at beating the record because the community is planning lots of local attractions in hopes of drawing a bigger crowd. At least one judge from the Guinness Book of World Records will be in Clarksville to observe and verify the record-breaking effort. More information is available at Clarksville’s “A Day in Oz” Facebook page.

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