Monthly Archives: March 2020

Oz in the News 3.31.20

WINGS — Season 5 — Pictured: David Schramm as Roy Biggins — Photo by: Monty Brinton/NBCU Photo Bank

David Schramm, Star of ‘Wings,’ Dead at 73 Actor David Schramm — best-known for playing Roy Biggins on Wings — has passed away. His death was announced by a colleague on Sunday, according to a report by The Wrap. Schramm was 73 years old, and his cause of death has not yet been revealed. He played Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in a mini-series called Kennedy in 1983, and later took another historical role as WW. Denslow in The Dreamer of Oz: The Frank L. Baum Story.

Oz in the News 3.28.20

Conversations and Music with Michael Feinstein- The Wizard of Oz Broadway World is excited to announce that we have partnered with musical legend Michael Feinstein for an up-close and personal daily series- Conversations and Music. Over the next few weeks, check back to watch as Michael showcases his collection of memorabilia and archives along with stories and songs from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, the Great American Songbook and much more. Some episodes will even include music from his piano in his studio! Today, watch as he gives us a very special look at his treasures from The Wizard of Oz, plus sings “If I Only Had a Brain/Heart/Nerve,” written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg. Michael Feinstein, Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, has built a dazzling career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American songbook to the world. From recordings that have earned him five Grammy Award nominations to his Emmy nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series and concerts spanning the globe. His work as an educator and archivist define Feinstein as one of the most important musical forces of our time.

Oz in the News 3.26.20

Ignoring Bad News Is Not The Answer In The Wiz When erstwhile Harlem kindergarten teacher Dorothy (Diana Ross) finally reaches The Wiz, the flimflam man said to be the solution to all her problems, he’s not the all-powerful wizard she anticipated. Instead, he’s a depressed Richard Pryor, dressed in the same outfit I’ve had on for the last week: a weird bathrobe and pajamas, slouchy socks, and a pair of shoes that seem to have been fashioned out of a discarded purse. Where did the purse shoes come from? Who can say! This is how he lives now. He’s been sleeping even though it’s the middle of the day, and he has a desperate, frantic energy about him: sad to be discovered but clearly grateful for human contact. He’s not the hero they deserve and…well, he’s not the hero they need either. He is my work-from-home fashion icon but beyond that, he’s pretty useless.

Oz in the News 3.25.20

That ‘Avengers’ / ‘Wizard of Oz’ deepfake you asked for has finally arrived Tom Holland, it must be said, does look freakishly well-matched as Dorothy, right down to the pigtails, while putting Stan Lee in the place of Frank Morgan was a nice touch. Oddly enough, even without the whole Professor Marvel thing, there’s another connection between Marvel and the Wizard of Oz. The ill-fated prequel movie, ‘Oz, The Great & Powerful’, with James Franco in the lead role, was originally supposed to star Robert Downey Jr. before he bailed out for – you guessed it – the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

‘Wizard of Oz’ Songwriter’s Estate Drops Apple Copyright Claims The estate of Tin Pan Alley songwriter Harold Arlen dropped its claims that Apple Inc. sold and streamed illegal versions of his songs, according to filings in a Los Angeles federal court. The Harold Arlen Trust and SA Music LLC—owned by Arlen’s son Sam—brought copyright infringement claims against digital music providers like Apple as well as “pirate” record labels that allegedly sold bootlegged recordings of Arlen’s songs uploaded from vinyl records.