You’ll Soon Be Able to Own Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers From ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (If You Have $6 Million!) No word on if you’ll be able to return home just by clicking your heels together three times, but you will soon be able to own Dorothy’s ruby-red slippers from The Wizard of Oz… if you can amass the right sum! The iconic shoes from the 1939 musical film are hitting the auction block with a seven-figure starting price. Technically, there are multiple pairs of ruby-red slippers floating around. One pair was acquired by the National Museum of American History, for example, while actress Debbie Reynolds owned another. And yet another pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, MN, and remains missing. Moments in Time dealer Gary Zimet calls these shoes “the holy grail of movie memorabilia.”
Oz Museum Although L. Frank Baum didn’t think his 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” would be a success, its persistent endurance over a century has proved him soundly wrong. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” has spawned film adaptations, theater adaptations, prequels, sequels, and generations of little children waltzing around in glittering slippers. The Oz Museum, in Wamego, Kansas, pays homage to “all things Oz,” from the original novel to movies to plays to board games. Come with us as we stay very much in Kansas and talk to the Executive Director of the Oz Museum, Clint Steuve, about the history and contents of the museum and the story that inspired it.
Liza Minnelli Wore These Ruby Slippers on Her Wedding Day When She Married the Tin Man’s Son While many know that Liza Minnelli is the daughter of Judy Garland, it’s not exactly common knowledge that when she walked down the aisle to marry her second husband in 1974, she wore custom ruby slippers that were designed to replicate her mother’s famous shoes in “The Wizard of Oz.” Coincidentally, Minnelli married Jack Haley Jr., the son of the actor who played the Tin Man opposite Garland’s Dorothy in the iconic 1939 film while sporting the sparkly heels designed by Herbert Levine. Yes, the son of the Tin Man married Dorothy’s daughter.
NC’s infamous failed theme park ‘Land of Oz’ is reopening for just 6 days North Carolina’s most infamous failed theme park, Land of Oz, is going to reopen for a six days in June. In a surprise move, the park’s website says it is offering one-hour guided tours every Friday that month, as well as Saturday, June 30. The tours are a variation of live action role playing, with guests invited to play key characters from the “Wizard of Oz,” says the park. “With Dorothy as your guide, you will skip down the yellow brick road through the magical Land of Oz,” the park’s website states. “You or other members in your group are randomly selected to play the characters of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Witch and Glinda. This is a completely immersive interactive experience.”
Pennsylvania historical markers for Wizard of Oz and more Ruth Plumly Thompson was author of 19 Wizard of Oz books, following the death of creator L. Frank Baum. Having earned a reputation as a talented author of children’s literature, Baum’s publisher solicited her to continue the official Oz series. She wrote one Oz book per year from 1921 through 1939, maintaining the series’ popularity through the release of the classic film. Thompson lived from 1891-1976. 15 other notables from Pennsylvania history have been approved for new state historical markers by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The new, blue-with-fold-lettering markers, selected from 51 applications, will be placed at the appropriate sites along roads and streets across Pennsylvania. Since 1946 the commission’s historical markers have chronicled the people, places and events that have affected the lives of Pennsylvanians over the centuries.
JUDY GARLAND LIVE IN CONCERT! Starring Peter Mac As Judy Garland Moves Back To NYC It is the 96th Anniversary of the birth of the brilliant Judy Garland on June 10, 2018. As such it feels entirely appropriate to rediscover the music and legacy of Hollywood’s golden age songbird. Vegas Theatricals is presenting critically-acclaimed Tribute Artist Peter Mac in his award-winning musical recreation of a flawless triumphant 1960’s-era Judy Garland. Judy Garland LIVE, In Concert! starring Peter Mac as Judy Garland will open at Producers Club Grand Theatre on Saturday April 14, 2018 8pm and repeating every Saturday night through June 30, 2018. Producers Club is located at 358 W. 44th Street NY, NY 10036. Tickets are $40 to $60 and include a meet and greet and photo op with Peter after every show. For more information on Peter Mac please visit www.TheJudyGarlandshow.com
First Look: Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in ‘Judy’ Biopic A striking first image from “Judy” shows Renee Zellweger playing show business legend Judy Garland in a biopic from Pathé, BBC Films and Ingenious Media. Principal photography is now underway on the picture, which is being shot in London. The movie is set in the late 1960s as Garland arrives in the British capital for a run of sell-out concerts. As well as Zellweger in the lead role, the cast includes Jessie Buckley (“War and Peace”), Finn Wittrock (“American Horror Story”) and Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”). Garland’s dates at the Talk of the Town nightclub came toward the end of the icon’s long career and shortly before her death. The movie will recount her performances, with some of her best-known numbers, including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Imagineear creates multimedia guide for Louis Vuitton Legendary Trunks exhibition Legendary Trunks – The Exhibition includes exquisitely-crafted luggage created by Louis Vuitton for Hollywood icons Judy Garland and Lily Pons. It was created by Dutch theme attraction company Jora Vision. Appropriately enough, it is a travelling exhibition. Following its highly-acclaimed debut in Amsterdam, the exhibition now moves to Gothenburg. Over 300 pieces are showcased, all belonging to a private Swedish collector, with some dating back as far as 1850. Collectively, they provide a snapshot of the style and glamour of the golden age of travel. Stories associated with the trunks are woven through the interactive, immersive attraction, and reveal secrets of celebrity ownership, powerful personalities, exotic travel, elegance and adventure. Legendary Trunks – The Experience now moves to Galleri Fredstan in Gothenburg, Sweden and opens from March 16th to August 19th 2018.
We’re not in Kansas anymore: ‘The Good Place’ takes the yellow brick road to philosophical salvation “Best Self” is probably the episode that most spells it out, with nods like the aforementioned hot-air balloon, a reference to “Dr. Oz,” Jason ending his meandering story about one of his experiences in life by saying “it was all a dream,” and Michael echoing a famous Oz theme by saying the “Good Place was in the Bad Place all along.” Vulture also picked up several other subtler Oz homages. But it was the moment I saw the hot-air balloon in the first scene of “Best Self” that made me suddenly realize all the characters perfectly. But why all the Wizard of Oz references? And to what end? While an undergraduate at New York University, I took a class called “Individuals and Society,” a kind of introduction to Philosophy and Political Science rolled into one. My professor, James Colaiaco, posited an interesting interpretation to The Wizard of Oz, where the Yellow Brick Road represented the 8-Fold Path of Buddhism. He likened the Oz characters discovering they possessed that which they sought the whole time to the teachings of the Buddha.
‘Judy’: Finn Wittrock, Jessie Buckley Join Garland Biopic Led By Renée Zellweger American Horror Story’s Finn Wittrock has been set to play Mickey Deans, the fifth husband of Judy Garland, in Judy, the true story of the singer and actress’ final concerts in London. Also joining the cast s Beast‘s Jessie Buckley as Rosalyn Wilder, the production assistant who looked after Garland during those performances. Renee Zellweger is playing the legendary singer/actress. From Pathe and Calamity Films, Judy will be helmed by British stage director and Tony nominee Rupert Goold. The film is based on a script written by Tom Edge (The Crown) and will be produced by BAFTA winner David Livingstone (Pride) for Calamity. Pathé will distribute Judy in the UK, France and Switzerland and is handling sales throughout the rest of the world. It will screen footage for buyers in Cannes after shooting March-May. Set in winter 1968, the story takes place 30 years after Garland played the iconic role of Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz. When she arrives in Swinging London to prepare for a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town, she battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans. Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Deans. And yet Garland is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood and gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. The film will feature some of Garland’s best-known songs, celebrating her voice, capacity for love and the pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer.” Zellweger notably showed off her pipes in 2002 musical Chicago, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.
‘Cabaret’ costume among vast Liza Minnelli collection for auction Liza Minnelli’s signature “Cabaret” bowler hat, boots and halter top vest is going up for auction in a sale of more than 1,000 lots belonging to the singer, her mother Judy Garland and movie director father Vincente Minnelli. California auction house Profiles in History announced on Wednesday that the “Love, Liza” auction in May, the first from Minnelli’s vast personal collection, would also include her 1971 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow as well as her hand-annotated shooting script for “Cabaret.” The Judy Garland memorabilia includes an MGM studio paycheck that was issued when she was 13, before she appeared in her first film, along with a green tramp clown tailcoat she wore for a 1956 photograph by Richard Avedon.
Book a Trip to See Literary Maps Should your travels bring you to Cambridge, Massachusetts, this spring, chart a path toward Harvard’s Houghton Library, where Landmarks: Maps as Literary Illustration opened last week. Curated by Peter X. Accardo, the exhibition showcases sixty literary maps that bring to life such imagined places as More’s Utopia and Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. Included is Professor Wogglebug’s Map of the Marvelous Land of Oz, attributed to L. Frank Baum. From: L. Frank Baum, Tik-Tok of Oz (Chicago, 1914). “This first printed map of the Marvelous Land of Oz presents its four counties in their official colors, but reverses the position of Munchkin and Winkie Counties. The inconsistency is also reflected by the map’s compass points, where East unusually is to the West, and West is to the East.” Credit: Houghton Library, Typ 970.14.1955 – Presented in honor of Dennis C. Marnon, 2018.
Alumni bring Oz collection to Fort Hays State Fort Hays State University alumni Larry and Lyn Fenwick, Macksville, are sharing their collection of Wizard of Oz artifacts with the Hays community. The Fenwick Oz Collection is now available for viewing through Friday, March 16, on the main floor of Fort Hays State University’s Forsyth Library. The collection features rare and unique Wizard of Oz artifacts that match author L. Frank Baum’s vision for the land of Oz and that explore details of the well-loved Kansas story. Characters displayed in the collection are consistent with descriptions given in the book and honor Baum’s original ideas. An exhibit viewing and reception will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, in Forsyth Library. The Fenwicks will present briefly at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Garland in Word and Song Opens Tonight at the Willow Theatre When Judy Garland stepped out onto the stage at Carnegie Hall on April 23, 1961, the raucous standing ovation that greeted her was just the start of what has been called “the greatest night in show business history.” Actress/singer Jody Briskey portrays Garland and recreates that night’s iconic performance at The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton, Florida, January 26 – February 11, 2018.