Oz in the News 2.26.19

Review Fix Exclusive: Inside ‘Toto Talks’ In “True Hollywood Story” style, Randall David Cook brings us the behind the scenes life and times of Toto … no not 80s rock band … the DOG from the Wizard of OZ.  We meet Toto … ready to spill the tea on all the goings-on when the cameras were off in OZ.  Angry that Judy got movies and the witches are STILL on Broadway, she’s ready to make this downtown appearance a chance to set the record straight … that’s right Toto is a SHE! If you’re friend of Dorothy, you’ll LOVE Toto. That goes for hypersensitive theater critics and dog lovers as well! This uproarious 60-minute soiree with the celebratory pooch features a triumvirate of talent. Stage and film professional, Joey McKneely, joins forces again with Cook after a triumphant run with the new musical Shadows, whose run at the Connolly Theater garnered high praise and full houses. McKneely is a two-time Tony-nominated Broadway Choreographer (Smokey Joe’s Cafe and The Life) and the international Director and Choreographer of West Side Story. Other Broadway credentials include Twelfth Night, The Wild Party, The Boy From OZ and the West Side Story revival.

Holland Oz Project Sally Laukitis and Linda Hart of the Holland Area Visitors Bureau about the unveiling the “Holland Oz Project” permanent exhibit during a Feb. 25, 2019 interview.

Collecting ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and 80 years of history We know the movie was, and continues to be, a classic. In honor of its anniversary we went to Camden, where the owner of the world’s largest collection of Wizard of Oz memorabilia lives. Willard Carroll started collecting when he first saw the film on television at four-years-old… he was hooked. “There’s a genius to the way the movie is constructed, in which you have a little girl played by Judy Garland who plays everything in the movie totally straight and totally real and totally pure, just like a real kid and everybody else is nuts,” says Carroll. “Everybody else is this group of eccentric characters that she accepts on face value, she’s totally non-judgmental… I think that feeling of intense friendship gives it a universality that people have always responded to.” Carroll started collecting as a child, “[Proctor Gamble] did a set of these little plastic hand puppets and the bodies were generic but they were these molded plastic heads… you could send away for a puppet theater on the back of Ivory Snow boxes. So my mother bought a lot of Ivory soap that she probably didn’t need so I could get the puppet theater, so those were the first things.”

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