Category Archives: Judy Garland

Oz in the News 6.12.17

Judy Garland enshrined in Hollywood mausoleum Judy Garland has been laid to rest in a mausoleum named for her at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A spokeswoman for Garland’s estate says her family and friends held a private memorial service for the actress on Saturday, which would have been Garland’s 95th birthday. She was buried in the Judy Garland Pavilion. Garland’s children, Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joe Luft, wanted to bring their mother’s remains “home to Hollywood” from her original burial site at New York’s Ferncliff Cemetery, publicist Victoria Varela said. They attended the service, along with Garland’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In a statement released to The Associated Press, they offered gratitude to their mother’s “millions of fans around the world for their constant love and support.”

Fanciful garden of ‘ahhhs’ An avid gardener and garden writer, Mackey sought to instill a love for gardening in her two young children, daughter Annie Rose and son Jacques, all those years ago. Thanks to Annie Rose’s enchantment with Baum’s Oz books written in the early 1900s, a plan took shape for her little patch of wonder back in 1995. Baum wrote 14 books, including the most well-known, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” chronicling Dorothy’s adventures with the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Lion. “We read all the Oz books,” says Mackey, whose personal favorite was “Glinda of Oz.” “(Annie’s) dad read them aloud to her. He does all the best voices. He was the best reader in the family.” It’s no wonder Annie liked the books, Mackey reflects when describing her daughter’s strong sense of independence. “They’re full of really strong female characters. We’re talking the 1900s … everybody else is a princess getting saved. But not these women. They’re remarkable.” There was plenty of territory for Annie Rose to draw from, but when the shovels hit the dirt, she chose the simple, classic circle-in-a-square garden design, loosely following an illustrated map of Oz and its surroundings first published as endpapers in one of the books, “Tik-Tok of Oz.”


Oz in the News 6.10.17

Wizard of Oz Festival Gets Underway in Grand Rapids The 42nd annual Wizard of Oz Festival got underway in Grand Rapids on Thursday. Festivities began with a tea party and live music inside Judy Garland’s historic childhood home. Friday night, The Wizard of Oz will play outside on a jumbo screen on the Evergreen Terrace lawn next to the museum. Organizers say this event brings in people from across the country each year to remember Garland’s legacy and celebrate the timeless film. “France has the Mona Lisa, America has The Wizard of Oz,” says John Kelsch, director of the Judy Garland Museum. “It’s so much a part of our culture. It’s an American masterpiece.” The Emerald City Fest on Saturday will feature free carriage rides and games for kids. There are also some new exhibits at the museum featuring the ruby red slippers and the munchkins.

‘Over the Rainbow’: 10 things to know about classic American song It has been a classic in the Great American Songbook from the moment it was released on August 15, 1939. Today, thanks to pop star Ariana Grande, “Over the Rainbow” will forever be linked to the Manchester terrorist attack. Grande, whose concert on May 22 was followed by the deadly bombing which so far has claimed nearly two dozen lives, came back to Manchester this week to perform a benefit concert. And she built the show around the dreamy Somewhere, releasing the “Wizard of Oz” cover song as a single with all proceeds going to the victims. The song she chose to honor those who died and were injured in the bombing is a dazzling bit of emotion-laden songwriting. Here are some things Ariana Grande fans may not know about this true American beauty.

Review: Judy!, at Arts Theatre Each Judy stays in her time zone but all three will often share a number. Though they don’t set out to imitate Judy, some numbers do sound amazingly like her and all echo her spirit and vitality. The proscenium staging turns them more noticeably into performance numbers than in the earlier stagings and they are delivered with powerful emotion and theatrical panache.

Nostalgia with Craig Bennett – Judy Garland

Oz in the News 6.8.17

Landmark with Judy Garland History Marks 100 A Grand Rapids building turned 100 this year. It’s a building many people driving through Grand Rapids pass every day, but to millions around the world, it is a special landmark because it was here that two and a half year-old “Fanny” Gumm made her legendary debut. It was the beginning of a career that would one day take her around the world, making her one of the most loved performers of all time. The building where all this took place is 212 S. Pokegama Ave. Although today it is used as an office building, in April of 1917, it opened to the public with great fanfare as a motion picture theatre, The New Grand. For months the Grand Rapids Herald Review and the Itasca County Independent had been reporting on the building’s progress. Jesse Madson of Hibbing, named as the builder, was financing the construction. Chaulberg and Baum were the contractors. Elmer Madson of Grand Rapids (Jesse’s brother) supervised labor on the foundation and basement, and James Heffron of Duluth supervised the building of the walls, which were constructed with four layers of bricks.

Oz in the News 5.22.17

THEATRE REVIEW | Judy, The Arts Theatre If you’re already well versed in Garland mania then you’ll love this too. Judy is a potted history of the life of Judy Garland told with wit and warmth from the clever perspective of having three Judy Garlands on stage at different points in her life. The device works well and showcases not only a number of songs but manages to portray both uplifting and funny side of Garland as well as the not so joyous times. There’s a cast of twelve with cast members doubling up as the live band too. Oh and the Judys? They’re pitch perfect and totally on point both in mannerisms and vocal style.

Review of JUDY! at the Arts Theatre London For me personally, Lucy Penrose delivers the Judy I know best. Her tenacity and unwavering determination are ever present, however, in vulnerable moments and as she threatens to break down, it’s hard not see her as Dorothy pleading with the Wizard. Indeed, every mannerism and every inflection are perfect and in these moments it’s almost too easy to believe you’re watching Judy herself. The inevitable and much-anticipated performance of over the rainbow delivers on every level. Involving all three Judys, the stunning vocal arrangement is elegant and true to the original, yet carries a sadness and tenderness that encapsulates the pain and undying aspirations of a woman for whom the fame was almost too much.

17 of the most bafflingly bizarre creatures in the Land of Oz While the Oz-verse extends through volumes and volumes of enchanted realms by several different authors, it was first imagined into being by L. Frank Baum, who envisioned some things that would be impossible to create even in a petri dish. This magical menagerie goes beyond just animals that talk, because in Oz, everything talks. Think inanimate objects that were suddenly animated and highly magnified insect Einsteins. And don’t forget the things that can take off their heads. Crash your house into this dreamlike otherworld and follow the Yellow Brick Road to some stranger-than-strange creatures that can only exist in the land of Oz.

Oz in the News 5.1.17

MasterPieces and Warner Bros. Consumer Products Partner for The Wizard of Oz Puzzles and Games Led by the new MasterPieces’ The Wizard of Oz Emerald City-Opoly (MSRP $29.99 for ages 8 and up), the classic story of The Wizard of Oz is played out in a fun new opoly-style board game. In The Wizard of Oz Emerald City-Opoly players will appreciate MasterPieces intricately detailed six pewter playing pieces, including Ruby Slippers™, as well as fun facts, movie moments, and character quotes on the back of each property card, as they make their way along the YELLOW BRICK ROAD™ board on an EMERALD CITY™ adventure. In the game, players can collect favorite characters, including SCARECROW™, TIN MAN™, COWARDLY LION™, and many others, while trying to avoid the castle of the WICKED WITCH™ and her field of poppies, as they prepare to meet the famous WIZARD OF OZ™ and discover THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME™ to win the game.The new Emerald City-Opoly is joined by MasterPieces The Wizard of Oz puzzles that include the company’s award-winning (Dr. Toy 2016) panoramic style puzzle scape and two of MasterPieces specially designed book box packaged products.

VIDEO: Behind The Scenes Peek At The Design Process For Judy Garland Musical JUDY! Episode two of a series of three short documentaries is released today, prior to the official opening of the biographical musical Judy!, charting the turbulent life of acclaimed chanteuse Judy Garland. It opens this May at the Arts Theatre. The second episode features interviews with writer/director Ray Rackham, together with contributions from Lea Steedman (hair and make-up), Millie Hobday (costume), Tom Paris (set) and Jack Weir (lights), and was filmed by West End Video at the Arts Theatre. Ray Rackham said: “Without the designers, the show doesn’t come to life. I am incredibly fortunate to have assembled around me some of the most up-and-coming designers currently working in the theatre. It’s so fascinating to hear their thoughts on how the work and the challenges and triumphs a show like Judy! can bring.”

From opera to Oz! Anthony Warlow set to star in new stage production of The Wizard of Oz Blessed with a thrilling voice, Anthony’s versatility has enthralled Australian audiences ever since his 1981 debut with the Australian Opera at the age of 19 in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His lengthy stage credits include creating the role of Dr Yurii Zhivago in Doctor Zhivago: The Musical (2011), and as Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks in the Australian tours of Annie (2000 and 2012). He also performed the title role of The Phantom of the Opera (1990 and 2007-2008), and most recently starred as Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof. Anthony made his Broadway debut as Daddy Warbucks in Annie in 2013, and has since divided his time between Australia and the US. ‘It’s been 16 years since the last Australian tour of The Wizard of Oz,’ said producer John Frost, on behalf of his co-producers. He finished: ‘It’s wonderful for Queensland to have the Australian Premiere and we are looking forward to a couple of weeks rehearsals there, with hopefully a chance for the cast and creative teams to enjoy some of Queensland’s natural beauty.’

Oz in the News 4.28.17

Interview: We talk to Lucy Penrose about playing Judy Garland in a new West End production “My favourite song that I sing in the show has got to be ‘Over the Rainbow’. It’s my lucky song and it was my grandma’s lucky song as well. It was the first song I ever sang in public as a five year old. I sang it for the audition for this and I’ve sung it for loads of other auditions. My favourite Judy song that’s not in the show is ‘Everybody Sing’ from Broadway Melody of 1938. It was one of her first ever films and it’s the first ever role that she said – apart from the first line – she really liked herself in. She sings this great song and she’s 13 years old just belting out a jazz standard, which is incredible. If I could convince Ray to put any song in the show it would be ‘Everybody Sing’”

Judy Garland’s upcoming remembrance ceremony at Hollywood Forever The month of June 2017 is an especially heartfelt one in Hollywood. Not only is it the month of Ms. Garland’s birth, and death, but the movie star’s remains will be placed at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, at her family’s request, after a move from Ferncliff Cemetery New York. While a private memorial will take place, a public remembrance ceremony is ahead, too, to honor the star’s Hollywood resting place. And while the ceremony isn’t yet officially on the cemetery’s schedule, a representative says a day in June is most likely.

Oz in the News 4.27.17

Julien’s Auctions and Cunard Showcase the Largest Collection of Judy Garland Costumes Julien’s Auctions, the world record breaking auction house to the stars and Cunard, the cruise line known around the world for glamourous ocean travel, will pay homage to Hollywood icon Judy Garland when flagship Queen Mary 2 showcases highlights from the largest collection of her costumes to ever go to auction on the August 12-19, 2017 Transatlantic Crossing, departing out of New YorkJulien’s Auctions will exhibit highlights from Michael Siewert’s renowned Judy Garland Collection for guests to view and place bids on prior to the Icons & Idols: Hollywood auction in Los Angeles in September, 2017. Siewert is known as one of the foremost authorities on Judy Garland and has the largest collection in the world of items from her life and career. This collection is comprised of extraordinary film costumes, personal items such as props, signed contracts and photographs, and a piece of luggage Judy used when she traveled on a Cunard ocean liner in the late 1940s.