Oz in the News 11.6.21

Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo cast as leads in ‘Wicked’ movie adaptation Grande will play Galinda, aka Glinda the Good Witch, the role originated by Kristin Chenoweth on Broadway; Erivo will take on Elphaba, the green-skinned future Wicked Witch of the West, and thus also the musical’s iconic Act One finale number, “Defying Gravity”. Idina Menzel, who played Elphaba in the original run, joked (we think?) to Variety in 2019 that she should be digitally de-aged to continue the role in the film: “I mean I love you, Ariana, but I still am relevant here.”

Woman revamps Wizard of Oz art tribute Known for its yellow brick road and as the home of Dorothy, the town of Liberal has paid tribute to the Wizard of Oz with statues of Dorothy placed around town. However, the time has taken its toll on the statues. Julie Parsons is cleaning up her equipment to get ready for the next time she paints. With help from Kelsey Flowers, Parsons is re-painting these Dorothy statues with different themes to give the town of Liberal a revamped look because there is no place like home. Julie hopes to have all the statues done by next spring.

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