Oz in the News 5.1.17

MasterPieces and Warner Bros. Consumer Products Partner for The Wizard of Oz Puzzles and Games Led by the new MasterPieces’ The Wizard of Oz Emerald City-Opoly (MSRP $29.99 for ages 8 and up), the classic story of The Wizard of Oz is played out in a fun new opoly-style board game. In The Wizard of Oz Emerald City-Opoly players will appreciate MasterPieces intricately detailed six pewter playing pieces, including Ruby Slippers™, as well as fun facts, movie moments, and character quotes on the back of each property card, as they make their way along the YELLOW BRICK ROAD™ board on an EMERALD CITY™ adventure. In the game, players can collect favorite characters, including SCARECROW™, TIN MAN™, COWARDLY LION™, and many others, while trying to avoid the castle of the WICKED WITCH™ and her field of poppies, as they prepare to meet the famous WIZARD OF OZ™ and discover THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME™ to win the game.The new Emerald City-Opoly is joined by MasterPieces The Wizard of Oz puzzles that include the company’s award-winning (Dr. Toy 2016) panoramic style puzzle scape and two of MasterPieces specially designed book box packaged products.

VIDEO: Behind The Scenes Peek At The Design Process For Judy Garland Musical JUDY! Episode two of a series of three short documentaries is released today, prior to the official opening of the biographical musical Judy!, charting the turbulent life of acclaimed chanteuse Judy Garland. It opens this May at the Arts Theatre. The second episode features interviews with writer/director Ray Rackham, together with contributions from Lea Steedman (hair and make-up), Millie Hobday (costume), Tom Paris (set) and Jack Weir (lights), and was filmed by West End Video at the Arts Theatre. Ray Rackham said: “Without the designers, the show doesn’t come to life. I am incredibly fortunate to have assembled around me some of the most up-and-coming designers currently working in the theatre. It’s so fascinating to hear their thoughts on how the work and the challenges and triumphs a show like Judy! can bring.”

From opera to Oz! Anthony Warlow set to star in new stage production of The Wizard of Oz Blessed with a thrilling voice, Anthony’s versatility has enthralled Australian audiences ever since his 1981 debut with the Australian Opera at the age of 19 in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His lengthy stage credits include creating the role of Dr Yurii Zhivago in Doctor Zhivago: The Musical (2011), and as Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks in the Australian tours of Annie (2000 and 2012). He also performed the title role of The Phantom of the Opera (1990 and 2007-2008), and most recently starred as Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof. Anthony made his Broadway debut as Daddy Warbucks in Annie in 2013, and has since divided his time between Australia and the US. ‘It’s been 16 years since the last Australian tour of The Wizard of Oz,’ said producer John Frost, on behalf of his co-producers. He finished: ‘It’s wonderful for Queensland to have the Australian Premiere and we are looking forward to a couple of weeks rehearsals there, with hopefully a chance for the cast and creative teams to enjoy some of Queensland’s natural beauty.’

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