Monthly Archives: July 2017

Oz in the News 7.31.17

Two characters from The Wizard of Oz coming to Vynl in October Two characters from The Wizard of Oz are coming to Funko’s Vnyl range this October. Fans of the classic movie, which starred Judy Garland, will be able to add Dorothy and Scarecrow to their collection. The pack also includes Dorothy’s trusty companion Toto, who is integral to the movie. We’ve got our fingers crossed that some of Dorothy’s other companions will be added to the collection in the near future!

Australian actress chosen for Wizard of Oz Dreams really do come true for Melbourne actress Samantha Leigh Dodemaide who has just landed the role of Dorothy in an upcoming Australian stage production of the Wizard of Oz, beating more than 400 actresses. ‘I remember watching MGM musicals on a Saturday afternoon with my Mum and that’s how I got my love of music theatre, from Judy Garland, Doris Day, the classics, and who better to be inspired by than them? The Wizard of Oz was definitely a favourite,’ she said. ‘If Toto needs to share my dressing room I’m more than happy for that to happen as well.’


Oz in the News 7.28.17

Dissecting the Classics – The Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz is certainly not a film for everyone, but I defy anyone to point out a meaningful flaw that doesn’t boil down to different standards in effects or personal preference. Unlike other game changing films of the time, this film neither feels dated because it has been done better since (Snow White) or because of unfortunate connotations (Gone With The Wind). It is a family movie with timeless values that transcend any meaningful barriers, which I think is why it endures today. Sure, being the source material for Wicked doesn’t hurt either, but the play feels like a companion piece and not a modern replacement.

Oz in the News 7.26.17

Classic Film Scores Featured on Judy Garland: Soundtracks, Out Today Mint Audio Records is proud to announce the release on July 25, 2017 of a new 2-CD 48-track set, Judy Garland: Soundtracks. Remastered by renowned U.K. audio engineer Richard Moore, compiled by Lawrence Schulman and Scott Brogan, with sleeve notes by Brogan and photos from the collection of Schulman, the collection includes Garland’s greatest movie hits, including four outtakes, from 1929 to 1961. Painstakingly restored, the compilation offers listeners a 21st century audio experience that far outshines previous releases.  The 12-page brochure includes track research by Schulman, and the 6-page sleeve notes by Brogan, who is founder of the websites The Judy Room, the Judy Garland Online Discography, and Judy Garland News and Events, delve into Garland’s soundtrack recordings as never before.

Oz in the News 7.20.17

‘West End Bares’ Is Back – With Lots Of Nudity And A ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Theme West End Bares is back, and it’s not in Kansas any more … Now in its eighth year, the West End’s hottest annual fundraiser returns this October in the new Wizard of Oz-themed show Ruby Strippers, which will see more than 100 of the hottest performers from the West End stage and beyond, along with an array of celebrity hosts, as they take to the stage to combine the naughtiness of burlesque with the magic of the West End. Friends of Dorothy will be thrilled to see these stunning West End performers kitted out like scarecrows and tin men, with skimpier outfits of course. All of the money raised by the show will go to The Make A Difference Trust to fund HIV and Aids projects that raise awareness, educate and provide care and support in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa. Tickets for are now on sale and are priced from £15 to £100. Click here for more information.

Oz in the News 7.19.17

Minnesota Music Notes Frances Gumm was born in 1922 Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She would grow to become the singer and actor Judy Garland, star of The Wizard of Oz. Producer Daniel Zamzow recounts the time she came back to her home state to sing with the Minneapolis Symphony in 1958.

Oz in the News 7.13.17

Kari Wahlgren And The Wizard Of Oz The story of the Wizard of Oz has inspired people for generations. And now it’s back again, this time as an animated series on the Boomerang channel. We talk to the actress who plays Dorothy about her journey from small-town Kansas to being the voice behind “the ultimate Kansas girl.” Listen to our interview with her.

Oz in the News 7.11.17

The Tin Man Is a Reminder of L. Frank Baum’s Onetime Oil Career 17 years before he wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Lyman Frank Baum founded a petroleum company with his brother, Benjamin Baum. The Baum brothers’s Syracuse, New York business sold “lubricants, oils, greases–and ‘Baum’s Castorine, the great axle oil,’” writes the American Oil & Gas Historical Society. For four years, Baum was the chief salesman for Baum’s Castorine Company. He got the idea for the Tin Man on the road, writes the historical society. But in the end, Baum sold the company in 1888, writing “I see not future in it to warrant my wasting any more years of my life trying to boom it.”

WICKED Surpasses PHANTOM OF THE THE OPERA at Broadway Box Office WICKED is flying high at the Broadway box office. According to Variety, the long-running musical has hit $1 billion faster than any other show in Broadway history, surpassing THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Broadway box office. According to the site, the show, which tells the backstory of THE WIZARD OF OZ, has earned $1.12 billion in New York sales alone, surpassing PHANTOM’s current earnings of $1.11 billion. The total earnings now puts Wicked in second place overall, behind THE LION KING, which has grossed over $1.38 billion. Disney’s stage adaptation of its hit 1994 animated film, is currently the top-grossing musical in history, with over $6 billion in worldwide sales. ‘PHANTOM’, which is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary on the Great White Way, retains its title of the longest-running show in Broadway history. It has also earned over $6 billion worldwide. Wicked premiered in 2003 and has since grossed close to $4.5 billion worldwide, according to a representative for the show. WICKED is now a top-grossing property at Universal Pictures. A film adaptation of the musical is currently in the works. In addition, the show has been produced in Chicago, San Francisco and LA as well as in 14 countries around the world. A national tour is now performing throughout North America, while a West End production of the show has been running since 2006.