Category Archives: Judy Garland

Oz in the News 12.7.17

Local music teacher to host launch event for new children’s book Randy L. Schmidt, a music teacher at Adkins Elementary School in Lantana, has written his first children’s book, “Becoming Judy Garland,” a biography he has dedicated to the students of Adkins Elementary. The book explores the early life and career of Garland — originally named Frances Gumm — as she went from vaudeville to movie stardom to the “role of a lifetime” in “The Wizard of Oz,” according to a news release. “I wrote this book because I feel Judy Garland is still relevant to children, even after all these years,” Schmidt said in a prepared statement. “The timeless appeal of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ speaks to today’s kids in the same way it has for nearly 80 years. The Library of Congress says it’s ‘the most watched film ever,’ so most kids know Dorothy’s story, but not necessarily Judy’s. This book brings her extraordinary talent to life again for a new audience of adoring fans.” All Adkins students, their families and the community are invited to the upcoming book dedication and launch party, where Schmidt will read from his book and discuss his love of reading, research and writing. The event is scheduled for Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Adkins Library Learning Center. For more information about Schmidt and his books, click here.

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Oz in the News 11.6.17

New Children’s Book ‘Becoming Judy Garland’ Explores The Young Life Of ‘Miss Show Business’ On The Road To Oz Becoming Judy Garland (Tribal Clef Books; November 2017) is the new children’s book from bestselling author Randy L. Schmidt. Readers will discover how Frances Gumm, this “little girl with the BIG voice,” went from vaudeville to movie stardom and landed the role of a lifetime. “I wrote this book because I feel Judy Garland is still relevant to children, even after all these years,” said Schmidt, a longtime music educator. “The timeless appeal of The Wizard of Oz speaks to today’s kids in the same way it has for nearly 80 years. The Library of Congress says it’s ‘the most watched film ever,” so most kids know Dorothy’s story, but not necessarily Judy’s. This book brings her extraordinary talent to life again for a new audience of adoring fans.” A limited-edition hardcover book/CD set is available now through the author’s website. The CD features the audiobook, narrated by Grammy-nominated children’s musician Judy Pancoast, as well as rare recordings by the Gumm Sisters, two “lost” test recordings of Judy at age 12, and a live radio performance of “Over the Rainbow.” For more information or to order the limited-edition set, visit the bookstore at www.randylschmidt.com.

Oz in the News 10.24.17

Renee Zellweger to Play Judy Garland in London-Set ‘Judy’ Renee Zellweger (“Chicago”) will star as Judy Garland in a new movie about the show business legend’s final concerts in London. Pathé and Calamity Films are behind “Judy” and principal photography is set for next February, in London. Opening in the English capital in the winter of 1968 as Garland arrives for a five-week run of sell-out concerts, the movie will also recount the icon’s battles with management, and relationships with musicians and fans. As the concerts get underway the star of stage and screen is 47 and exhausted, fragile, and wanting to be at home with her kids, casting into doubt whether the shows, at the Talk of the Town nightclub, can go on. “Judy” is based on a script written by Tom Edge (“The Crown”) and will be produced by BAFTA winner David Livingstone (“Pride”) for Calamity Films. British stage director and Tony nominee, Rupert Goold, will direct. The producers said the movie will feature some of Garland’s best-known songs.

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

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.