Category Archives: Judy Garland

Oz in the News 10.5.17

Author Michelle Russell to speak at Oaklands Mansion On Sunday, Oct. 8, Oaklands Mansion will host celebrated author Michelle Russell as she discusses her two-part book series: “From Tennessee To Oz: The Amazing Saga of Judy Garland’s Family.” This event will be held in the front parlor of Oaklands Mansion, home to the Darrow family from 1884-1912. Russell will focus on East Main Street life and the surprising romance of Garland’s grandparents, the beautiful Clemmie Baugh and the handsome Will Gumm – a marriage that quickly evolves into a darkly suspenseful tale. Due to the historical information author Michelle Russell was able to uncover, “From Tennessee to Oz” often reads more like a novel than a history book. Attendees will learn of the hard times Judy Garland’s father, Frank Gum, experienced as a child and the surprising and generous gift he received from George Darrow, a gift which changed his life and the future of the Gum family. “Few people know the connection between Judy Garland and Oaklands. Here is your opportunity to learn what brought these Rutherford County families together. And what better place to find out than in the very house they once occupied?” said James Manning, executive director of Oaklands Mansion. Reservations are required as this event has limited seating. To make reservations, please visit http://www.oaklandsmansion.org, call Oaklands at (615) 893-0022 or email info@oaklandsmansion.org. Admissio

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Oz in the News 10.3.17

Judy Garland’s Final Concert Will Be Released for the First Time in 2018 An audio recording of film star and gay icon Judy Garland’s final concert, captured three months before her death in Copenhagen, will be released following a high-definition transfer and restoration from a Denmark radio broadcast. Garland’s performance at Falkoner Centret on March 25, 1969, featured a set list that included “Get Happy,” “The Man That Got Away,” and “Over the Rainbow”: the song she introduced in the 1939 movie musical The Wizard of Oz that became her signature. The release will also include two newly-discovered tracks from a recording made by the concert hall itself: “Till the Clouds Roll By” and “Am I Blue?” (both duets with Johnny Ray). The recording will be made available in several high-definition formats, including DSD, PCM, and as a physical disc.

Wicked celebrates twelfth year Wicked, the smash hit musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, flies into its 12th year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. The much-loved musical will become the 15th longest running show in London theatre history on 19th October 2017, when it surpasses the run of We Will Rock You. In celebration of the production’s birthday, a series of stunning new principal cast portraits, by photographer Darren Bell, have been released.

Oz in the News 9.6.17

Wizard of Ass! When Dorothy was swept off to Oz with a DONKEY in the 1910 silent movie, as footage reveals differences with the Judy Garland version of 1939 Fans of the Wizard of Oz may have become accustomed to seeing Dorothy with her trusty sidekick Toto at her side, but the original had two donkeys cast. Footage showing a century-old version of the iconic film has reemerged this week, giving a glimpse into the original stage play which made the heart-warming tale world famous. The film, which dates back to 1910, shows the classic tale played out over various scenes, from protagonist Dorothy being carried away by a cyclone to the Wizard of Oz taking off in his hot air balloon at the end of the film. But the strangest difference is the two asses that follow the main character around throughout the movie.

Judy Garland’s ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’ Out in 2018 on Jasmine Records Based on studio, radio and live recordings made between 1939 and 1961, the anthology, featuring songs composed by many of the great songwriters of the Great American Songbook, captures Garland’s voice in youth, as a young lady, and as the mature artist. At 78 minutes 35 seconds, the single-CD 24-track set, which will include a live “Why Was I Born?” (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) that was recorded in 1946 and is new to CD, has been produced, compiled and annotated by the award-winning Garland historian Lawrence Schulman, who has been responsible for numerous CD sets devoted to Garland over the past 24 years, and has also written about her extensively for the ARSC Journal and other publications.

Oz in the News 8.30.17

Judy Garland’s clothes star in Newbridge Silverware If you’re an old-time movies buff, then a new exhibition at the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons will be like honey to a bear, writes Brian Byrne.
It’s all about personal items, clothing and costumes once owned and worn by Judy Garland, who died when she was just 47 but left a wonderful silver screen legacy. Her big child role was ‘Dorothy’ in the Wizard of Oz, but she is also remembered for stellar performances in Life Begins for Andy Hardy,Meet me in St LouisCrazy Girl, and A Star is Born. Clothing worn in some of those movies feature in the exhibition which runs until the end of September. The highlight exhibit for many will be the wedding dress she wore when she married her fourth husband Mark Heron in 1964. Following the Newbridge exhibition, the collection is scheduled to be sold off by Julien Auctions in Los Angeles.

Google Arcore Gives Android Users Augmented Reality Without Tango Last week in San Francisco, Google showed me an app called OzOz is a kind of augmented reality picture book: it places animated characters from The Wizard of Oz into the physical world, as viewed through a smartphone camera. Google is also showcasing a few semi-interactive tricks. In a simple demo app, you can set a little Android mascot down in a virtual forest, where it’ll wave when you hold your phone to its face. And in Oz, the Cowardly Lion jumps in fear if you turn the lights out.

Oz in the News 7.26.17

Classic Film Scores Featured on Judy Garland: Soundtracks, Out Today Mint Audio Records is proud to announce the release on July 25, 2017 of a new 2-CD 48-track set, Judy Garland: Soundtracks. Remastered by renowned U.K. audio engineer Richard Moore, compiled by Lawrence Schulman and Scott Brogan, with sleeve notes by Brogan and photos from the collection of Schulman, the collection includes Garland’s greatest movie hits, including four outtakes, from 1929 to 1961. Painstakingly restored, the compilation offers listeners a 21st century audio experience that far outshines previous releases.  The 12-page brochure includes track research by Schulman, and the 6-page sleeve notes by Brogan, who is founder of the websites The Judy Room, the Judy Garland Online Discography, and Judy Garland News and Events, delve into Garland’s soundtrack recordings as never before.

Oz in the News 7.19.17

Minnesota Music Notes Frances Gumm was born in 1922 Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She would grow to become the singer and actor Judy Garland, star of The Wizard of Oz. Producer Daniel Zamzow recounts the time she came back to her home state to sing with the Minneapolis Symphony in 1958.

Oz in the News 6.29.17

Liza Minnelli Gushes Life With Mom Judy Garland Was Like Living in a “Land of Dreams” “[It was like living in] the land of dreams,” Liza, 71 — whose father was Judy’s second husband, Vincente Minnelli — said of being raised by her famous mom. “She was really amazing,” Joey, 62, told Closer. “And she loved all of us a lot.” “As long as Mama was there, everything would be fine,” Lorna, 64, added. “If she was happy, she wasn’t just happy. She was ecstatic. And when she was sad, she was sadder than anyone. There were no middles,” Liza said.

Recording registry honors ‘Over the Rainbow’ Earlier this spring, the Library of Congress designated Garland’s 1939 version of “Over the Rainbow” as an aural treasure worthy of preservation on the National Recording Registry. The library said the recording is one of best-known ballads of all time, expressing a poignant yearning for escape. “It represents everyone’s wondering why things can’t be a little better,” Garland explained in a 1967 interview, two years before her death. Lyricist E. Y. “Yip” Harburg settled on the image of the rainbow as the “only colorful thing” Dorothy had ever seen in her life — until she found herself in the Land of Oz.