Wizard of Oz theme lights up town Liverpool’s LGBT quarter has undergone a complete revamp inspired by the Wizard of Oz movie. The improvements in Eberle Street are part of a £1.6m scheme funded by the Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool City Council to improve the commercial district and the pedestrian connections linking it to the retail sector. The district now boasts two bespoke designed Eberle Street signs along with LED lighting across the thoroughfare to compliment unique hexagon shapes displaying a yellow brick road and Emerald City from the iconic film.
Judy Garland Musical Weighs Post-Goodspeed Options Producers of the Judy Garland musical biography Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz are weighing their options after a ten-week run at Goodspeed Musicals before a hoped-for Broadway transfer. New York-based producer Tina Marie Casamento Libby told Playbill.com, “We are exploring all options, and we will let you know once we have plans firmed up. For now, we are enjoying the aftermath of a very successful run at the Goodspeed.” Libby had previously said that the show is aiming for an eventual Broadway opening.
Cowardly Lion’s onetime lair seeks $22.8 million in Beverly Crest Originally built for Bert Lahr, the actor who played the Cowardly Lion in 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz,” the traditional-style estate has a chain of ownership that includes the likes of Betty Grable, Harry James, Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. The Osbournes and Paul McCartney are among other past occupants. There’s no yellow brick road, but rather a palm-lined drive that leads up to the entrance of the gated home, designed by architect-to-the-stars Paul R. Williams and built in 1941. Inside, living spaces styled by Ralph Lauren include scaled formal rooms, a lavish chef’s kitchen, seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and three powder rooms. A lower level with a wood-paneled theater, a speakeasy-style bar and a two-lane bowling alley also lies within roughly 12,000 square feet of living space.
Crowd funding for Wizard of Oz Scarecrow costume falls short Donors flocked like flying monkeys to the Smithsonian’s crowd-funding campaign to preserve a pair of ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” But they weren’t as generous when it comes to maintaining the Scarecrow costume from the beloved movie. A Kickstarter campaign for the slippers and the costume ended at midnight Wednesday, with donors pledging $349,000. The original goal was $300,000, and that total will go to the slippers. The National Museum of American History sought another $85,000 to preserve the Scarecrow costume, but that goal fell short. Museum spokeswoman Laura Duff says the Scarecrow costume will still be preserved. She says some donors gave directly to the museum instead of pledging to Kickstarter, and the museum is “committed to raising the additional funds necessary to complete the conservation.”
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Wonderful Wizard of Oz art project brightens up neighbourhood
Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) graduate Michelle Maxwell was joined by some of the young people from Pilton Youth & Children’s Project to celebrate the completion of a ‘Wizard of Oz’ themed environmental art project which has transformed an unused green space in the heart of the Edinburgh neighbourhood. Michelle’s unique design for a ‘No Place Like Home’ weather vane inspired the youngsters to get involved to create an attractive planted space for the artwork featuring a yellow brick road for the community to enjoy. Michelle said: “The final design consisted landscaping of the green area into large humps such as the ones on the way to Oz and flowers were planted along the yellow brick path that was also installed, with help of the younger residents that lived there. The weather vane points in every direction of the surrounding houses saying ‘there’s no place like home’, to create a sense of pride and community within the estate.
Remembering Disney’s Return to Oz – A Documentary Film “Remembering Return to Oz: Click Your Heels” is a brand new production featuring memories from several of the cast and crew members of the 1985 Disney cult classic film “Return to Oz.” The film will showcase “Return to Oz” fans in addition to some amazing “Return to Oz” movie memorabilia. Most of all, it celebrates a film… and not just any film, but a film about the America’s own fairyland: the Land of Oz, Dorothy, and her search to free the friends that everyone has grown to love. “Returning to Oz” is not only a film about the making of “Return to Oz”… it is about the memories of those involved in the filming and being a part of something so special. The documentary is being produced by FamilyFilmsProductions with Aaron Pacentine and Celia Foster as narrators. The film will feature Emma Ridley (Ozma), Justin Case (Scarecrow) alongside crew members and others involved with the film. Among those behind-the-scenes talent, we have Paul Maslansky (producer), Doug Aberle (claymation), and Craig Miller (Disney publicist from the 80’s). We are also honored to have the involvement of Disney historian Bill Cotter. Cotter will be sharing his thoughts and opinions on “Return to Oz.” Along the way we’ll meet a few “Return to Oz” collectors and get to see some of their amazing and rare memorabilia!
Plano Library employee replicates ‘Wizard of Oz’ ruby slippers One of Randy Struthers’ earliest memories is watching the “Wizard of Oz” with his family. Fast forward 34 years and Struthers, who works as manager of Circulation Services at the Plano Library, is now working with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History to support their campaign to conserve “Wizard of Oz” items on display at the museum in Washington, D.C. In January he contacted the Smithsonian about leaving them a bequest in his will for preservation of the authentic ruby slippers from the movie they have on display. The museum, he said, was aware of his shoe creations due to his website – www.randystruthers.com. He was asked to contribute by providing several pairs of ruby slippers that could be used as incentives for donors pledging at least $7,000 to the museum’s campaign. They are paying him $600 per pair to cover the cost of the supplies, but he is donating his time estimated at about 25 hours per pair, he said. The $7,000 donors will receive their custom ruby slippers after Dec. 1. Until then, one of the pairs is on display in a special case in the entry of the Plano Library at 15 W. North St. in Plano.