Monthly Archives: July 2021

Oz in the News 7.30.21

“The Kingdom of Dreams, A Tale of Oz,” coming to Parkland College Theater Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion, being mortal, have passed away. The Scarecrow and the Tin Man, being straw and metal, still govern in Oz. The long-time peace, however, is shattered when a terrible and powerful witch—a relative of the Witch of the East and the Witch of the West—appears in the land seeking revenge. When the Scarecrow and Tin Man are unable to stop her, the two heroes fall into despair, until they learn from Glinda that although Dorothy and the Lion had died, they were not dead, but were living in The Kingdom of Dreams. The  Scarecrow and Tin Man set off on a quest to find their friends and persuade them to return to Oz to fight against the witch. Along the way, adventures abound. But when they find Dorothy and the Lion in the Kingdom of Dreams, they learn it would be an unthinkable nightmare for the mortals to return to Oz. How, then, will Oz be saved? “The Kingdom of Dreams, A Tale of Oz,” will be performed at Parkland College Theater on August 6th, 7th, and 8th. Learn more about showtimes and tickets HERE.

Oz in the News 7.22.21

Academy Museum to open with ‘Wizard of Oz’ There’s no place like home: and the Academy will finally open the doors to its very own Hollywood film museum in Los Angeles with live screenings of “The Wizard of Oz,” it said Wednesday. Dedicated to the magic of movies and first dreamt up almost a century ago by the group that hands out the Oscars, the museum has been long delayed by construction and funding issues and more recently the pandemic. Opening on September 30, the museum’s first in-person event will be screenings of the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz,” featuring a live musical orchestra from the American Youth Symphony. In the museum’s collection are a then-cutting edge Technicolor camera used to shoot MGM’s early color musical masterpiece “The Wizard of Oz,” a munchkin soldier’s jacket — and Dorothy’s ruby slippers. A gallery within the museum will explore the film’s screenwriting, casting, make-up design, costumes and stars such as Judy Garland.

Oz in the News 7.16.21

The Land of Oz is back Sean Barrett loves “The Wizard of Oz.” “Like. Love. Whatever, it’s always been a part of my life. I don’t know myself without it,” Barrett said. Barrett is an avid collector of Oz memorabilia. He’s been collecting since he was 4. His collection grew so much over the years that now he’s the artistic director for the former Land of Oz, a theme park on Beech Mountain that opened during the 1970s. “My mom bought me a figurine, but I couldn’t just have Dorothy, I had to have all the munchkins and all the action figures and the play sets,” Barrett said. He spends time searching for never-before-seen items to display.

Oz in the News 7.13.21

Why Loki Has So Many Wizard Of Oz References The God of Mischief’s MCU series has multiple Wizard of Oz references, and there may be a reason for it. The reveal that the Time-Keepers are fake is a clear callback to the Wizard of Oz, which shows its powerful wizard is secretly just a con artist. On the way to see the Time-Keepers, the two Loki variants go down a path illuminated by yellow lights, perhaps giving a nod to the Yellow Brick Road. The movie is more directly referenced in Loki episode 5. In the episode, the villainous Ravonna Renslayer tells Lady Loki a prototype TVA ship could withstand the temporal void and take them to the end of time. Renslayer explains that the ship could help “find the man behind the curtain.” The ship is apparently a lie from Renslayer to buy time for the TVA to surround Lady Loki, but the “man behind the curtain” quote is right from The Wizard of Oz. In the film, there’s an actual man behind a curtain pretending to be the wizard.

Watch footage from the new non-replica Wicked production Creative possibilities for Wicked are categorically “unlimited”, so it’s exciting to see a new production of the iconic piece. Staged at the Stage Theater Neue Flora in Hamburg, the piece begins performances later this year, led by Vajèn van den Bosch as Elphaba with Jeannine Michèle Wacker as Glinda and Naidjim Severina as Fiyero. The new twist on the tale of The Wizard of Oz is said to feature “an impressive stage design, new effects and newly designed costumes”. The piece is directed by Lindsay Posner and features choreography by Fabian Aloise, who did wonderful work on Evita at Regent’s Park in 2019, with the team also featuring Jon Bausor (stage design), Moritz Junge (costume design), Sebastian de Domenico (musical supervisor), Lucy Carter (lighting design), John Shivers (sound), Chris Fisher (illusions) and Tal Rosner (video design).

Oz in the News 7.11.21

PBS Announces Musical Event WICKED IN CONCERT! Nouveau Productions, Executive Producer Robert Pullen, announced today that PBS will present WICKED IN CONCERT: A Musical Celebration of the Iconic Broadway Score on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, and the PBS Video App. PBS will mark Broadway’s return with WICKED IN CONCERT, a musical event celebrating the songs from one of the most iconic hits in Broadway history. This special performance will feature reimagined, never-before-heard musical arrangements created just for this broadcast, performed by celebrity artists from the worlds of film, pop music and television. Performers will be announced at a later date.

Oz in the News 7.10.21

Heritage Auctions Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction Bidding started at $40,000 for the ‘Dorothy Gale’ jumper and blouse worn by Judy Garland during the first two weeks of filming under the first director of “The Wizard of Oz” the dress was later used by Judy’s stunt double in the ‘Flying Monkeys’ sequence of the 1939 film.

Oz in the News 7.9.21

Judy Garland’s long-lost ‘Wizard of Oz’ dress turns up at Catholic University Nearly half a century ago, a story in Catholic University’s student newspaper described a “precious gift” bestowed on the school by Oscar-winning actress Mercedes McCambridge, then an artist-in-residence in the university’s drama department. Here was a rare piece of Tinseltown memorabilia, a farm girl’s blue gingham dress, one of several — though not many — worn by Judy Garland in her role as Dorothy Gale in the classic 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz.” It wasn’t quite the famed ruby slippers, but the garment was a fascinating artifact just the same. Garland, “the lonely, tired entertainer, often spoke of college and how ‘it all could have been different’ if she had made it there,” the 1973 story said. In donating the outfit, McCambridge alluded to the drug and alcohol addictions that had led to her “close friend” Garland’s death, and she hoped that the dress would be “a source of hope, strength and courage to the students,” as the reporter put it.

Oz in the News 7.8.21

OHS grad painting Oz mural downtown The Oz Plaza in downtown Oconomowoc is getting a significant makeover as Joe Boysa and his daughter Lauren brush on the new mural of the Emerald City. Joe Boysa said in an interview with the Enterprise that the initial concept of the mural was pitched to the city a few years ago and that the design used was drawn by Lauren when she was just 16. Joe Boysa is the owner of Dynamic Faux Finishing and he does work painting rooms with realistic finishes. Lauren Boysa, who is going to study fine arts and major in painting at Boston University this fall, said it’s “super cool” to be working with her dad as part of the family business. “To be in the field and actually working with a professional painter like my dad is totally different than just having an art teacher or mentor,” Lauren Boysa said. “I feel like I definitely learn quicker with my dad.” Lauren Boysa is doing almost all the fine details of the project, while Joe Boysa helped prepare the wall to be painted including cleaning it and painting a layer of white to prep it for Lauren. The mural is set to be finished later this summer in time for the Festival of the Arts.

Oz in the News 7.7.21

Christopher Schmehl’s Exciting Novel “The State of Oz” Recaptures the Essence of the Original Series Author Christopher Schmehl visits Oz hoping to recapture the essence of L. Frank Baum’s original The Wizard of Oz. He throws his protagonists to the wolves, literally, as well as to a mysterious mirror that could have got its start in some carnival funhouse. Schmehl took a few references to Baum’s Oz series. Fans will recall the Wizard and Glinda the Good and the other original mainstays: Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and of course Toto. True Oz readers will definitely remember the familiar Ozma, the Hungry Tiger, and the Patchwork Girl.

Oz in the News 7.6.21

Game on for noir horror chills in ‘Rock, Paper and Scissors’ A dark, mad “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”-like effort, award-winning “Rock, Paper and Scissors” begins with the return of half-sister Magdalena (Augustina Cervino), an actor who lives in Spain, to her unhappy childhood home in Argentina, which is inhabited by her half-sister Maria Jose (Valeria Giorcelli) and half-brother Jesus (Pablo Sigal). Maria Jose and Jesus share a sofa to watch a Spanish dubbed version of “The Wizard of Oz” with blank expressions on their faces. Magdalena becomes a plaything for Maria Jose, not unlike Maria Jose’s hamster named Toto. Maria Jose makes a Dorothy Gale costume for Magdalena, whose childhood home has been transformed into another, more terrible Oz with its own “monsters and witches.”