Monthly Archives: October 2021

‘Wicked’ Movie: Production Delayed Again as Filming Moves to the U.K. for 2022 Fans of the hit Broadway show Wicked who have been awaiting the long-anticipated film adaptation will need to wait even longer, as Universal has pushed back production yet again on this beloved tale. Filming was to begin in Atlanta in March 2022, but now the start of production has been pushed back even farther to June and even further away from Atlanta, now being filmed in the U.K. The delay is thought to be brought on in order to allow filmmakers more time to get the newly-built Sky Studios in Elstree up and running. Wicked, in fact, will be the very first production to use the new stages at the studio.

The Daily Ozmapolitan Spotlight: “OZ”, the new CD by GIORGIO COSLOVICH

“Oz” is the second CD by Giorgio Coslovich after his first “Winter Tales” which was released in 2017.

There are two projects on the new CD: The symphonic poem “Oz” and the triptych “Joyce Suite”, two different musical languages, the first in a classical style, the second predominantly contemporary, almost jazzy. To bring together both musical moments creates an inner, psychological journey to the roots of one’s conscience, by the two protagonists, respectively Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz” and Leopold Bloom in Joyce’s “Ulysses”.

Musically, the symphonic poem “Oz” tries to describe the story and characters, first in the long piece “Oz”, the Lion (in the brilliant and charming “Lion Waltz”), the Tin Man (the apparently joyful but tormented and still heartless “Tin Woodman”), the Munchkins (in the “Little Blue People”), up to Dorothy’s heart-wrenching song (“Upthere Or Elsewhere”) with the poignant performance by the soprano and cello soloist Cristina Nadal). And in the end the return to reality (through “Dreamover” or, literally, the dream persistence during awakening from a dream. The orchestra conducted by Maestro Jacopo Brusa includes musicians who perform with the Filarmonica Della Scala, the Fenice of Venice, the Regio of Parma, the Arena of Verona, the Philharmonic of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and many other renowned orchestras. The result is an excellent performance by all the people that joined this project.

The Joycian “Suite” has guests of international prestige such as the saxophonist David Jackson (ex Van Der Graaf Generator) and the multi-instrumentalist John Hackett (brother of Steve Hackett, formerly of prog-rock band Genesis).

The project is available on many digital platforms as well as a physical copy with a 12page booklet.

Contact Giorgio Coslovich at giocos.press@alice.it for more information.

A shorter and different version of “Oz” (without wind instruments) was performed in London in 2018. Below is the performance on YouTube:

Oz in the News 10.25.21

What really happened to Dorothy’s ruby slippers that went missing in Grand Rapids? Actor Melissa McCarthy freaked out over them in a recent TV special promoting the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. During his concert at Treasure Island Casino in Red Wing earlier this month, singer Christopher Cross joked that he contemplated stealing them from Liza Minnelli’s house. But few have been as obsessed with the ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” as the two journalists behind a new podcast. “There’s No Place Like Home,” an eight-part series from C13 Originals, focuses on the pair that went missing from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn., in August 2005. The shoes then mysteriously reappeared 13 years later during an FBI sting operation. Seyward Darby, editor-in-chief of the Atavist Magazine, was mesmerized when she heard about the recovery and wanted to dive deeper. “I was looking for a true crime story that didn’t involve murder and dead girls,” Darby said a few weeks ago from her Brooklyn home. “There’s nothing really salacious in the slipper story and yet, it still has the cat-and-mouse qualities that lend itself to storytelling.” She quickly reached out to freelancer Ariel Ramchandani. Three weeks later, the reporter was making her maiden voyage to Minnesota.

Oz in the News 10.24.21

Like A Rainbow The paintings of Ariana Papademetropoulos are portals—prismatic dreamscapes in which floating bubbles contain other worlds, mythical beings and mysterious lights appear, and gems and flowers gaze back at us. With The Emerald Tablet, a solo exhibition and curatorial project on view at Jeffrey Deitch Hollywood through October 23, the gallery itself has become a portal. Featuring five large new paintings by Papademetropoulos plus works by 25 other artists, The Emerald Tablet is inspired by LA’s identity as a nexus of fantasy and spiritual seeking. Theosophy, the esoteric system that flourished in early Hollywood and has resurged with the recent rediscoveries of the artists Agnes Pelton and Hilma af Klint, is threaded throughout. Papademetropoulos named The Emerald Tablet for the ancient alchemical text that inspired the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz—whose author L. Frank Baum was a Theosophist.

Avid Group to Release Remastered JUDY at CARNEGIE HALL Album in 2022 To commemorate Judy Garland’s centenary in June 2022, Avid Entertainment Ltd just announced the release of the double-CD set, Judy at Carnegie Hall, on February 4, 2022. Based on the best-selling and Grammy Award-winning LP of the same name, the set presents her historic concert at Carnegie Hall, New York on April 23, 1961, remastered by audio engineer, Nick Dellow. For the first time, Garland’s concert performance has been properly pitched across the entire recording (the original LP runs slightly sharp), giving her voice – and the orchestra under the direction of Mort Lindsey – greater depth, intimacy and “pow,” as Garland put it in a 1961 Life Magazine profile. The show takes on a whole new life as a result of this remastering, allowing listeners to experience the concert as if for the first time. Garland’s voice is richer, the brass is crisper, and the bass is fuller. In addition to the original liner notes, the set includes new notes by award-winning Garland historian Lawrence Schulman, recent remarks by Jim Silke, winner of the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover for Judy at Carnegie Hall, and rare photos from the concert. No stone has been left unturned to make this new set the go-to Garland Carnegie Hall.

Oz in the News 10.22.21

American Cruise Lines helps bring ruby slippers to the Smithsonian Cruisers can book one of the line’s American Revolution sailings along the Chesapeake Bay, which run from fall into December and then again in the spring. Or they can book the themed Colonial Christmas Cruise in December, which follows the same itinerary but incorporates holiday extras.  Guests on one of American Cruise Lines’ D.C. voyages already have the opportunity to tour the Smithsonian Museum, but guests will be able to see the new Entertainment Nation exhibition — featuring those dazzling ruby slippers — in fall 2022. The exhibit will feature “the iconic cornerstones that celebrate our values, experiences, heartbreaks, and triumphs — illuminating what it means to be American,” according to the press release. “The Ruby Slippers hold symbolic and lasting meaning in American culture, representing our deep ties to our families and communities, no matter how far we roam,” Anthea M. Hartig, the museum’s Elizabeth MacMillan director, said in the statement. “We are so grateful to American Cruise Lines for sharing our educational goals and making the display of these magical shoes possible for generations to come.”

Oz in the News 10.4.21

My uncle, The Scarecrow – choreographer David Bolger on Uncle Ray I am a research fanatic when I am making a new work. I find it incredibly interesting the places it takes me. With Uncle Ray, the research has taken us through the Wizard of Oz and the making of the technicolor adventure. Back to my own family home in Sandymount, Dublin, and going through old biscuit tins full of old black and white photographs. The vaudeville theatre scene when Ray Bolger started out his professional dancing career to research the Philippine movie industry, where Don’s father, Rommel Valdez had a two decade career as an action movie star and stuntman. Finding his film clips and working with our video designers, Mags Mulvey and Neil O’Driscoll to piece together a very touching duet which takes place when Don dances with his father’s films live on stage.

‘Wicked was essentially a love story between two women’: How the once-mocked musical became a global sensation It’s been 18 months, in fact, since the West End went dark, the coronavirus pandemic forcing every single show to shut down with immediate effect. So when Sophie Evans as Glinda floats down onto the stage for tonight’s performance of Wicked, a vision of sparkles and bubbles, to utter that hallowed opening line, “It’s good to see me, isn’t it?”, the whoops and cheers go on for at least a minute. It feels like magic. “Theatre and performance struggled so much during the pandemic,” says Evans, who was the youngest person to ever take on the role of Glinda the Good Witch when she was first cast in 2017, at the age of 24. “Our industry’s really been knocked.” She didn’t get a single penny from the government while the theatres were shut, so she started doing singing lessons on Zoom to get by. “The fact we’re actually back now is kind of incredible. The audiences seem to be really there with you, because they know you’ve been out of work for such a long time.”

Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Maine Pre-Teen Lily Philbrook Follows Her Theatre Dream “It all began with Wizard of Oz at Maine State Music Theatre,” confides ten-year-old Lily Philbrook. “That was the show where I found my real passion for theatre. It was a huge show and working with Marc [Robin] and everyone at MSMT was an amazing experience.” In those performances, for Lily Philbrook, a dream was born- one that would carry her over her own rainbow – to performing on stages at leading regional theatres. Philbrook, who lives in Cumberland, Maine, and attends Greely Middle School, is currently playing the role of Small Alison in the Fulton Theatre production of Fun Home, which runs from September 9 – October 17 in Lancaster, PA. The shift from a big, joyous fantasy musical that is Wizard of Oz to the intense, often dark, but always moving Fun Home constitutes a major breakthrough for the young artist, but she is embracing the challenge with energy and enthusiasm.

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