Category Archives: Judy Garland

Oz in the News 7.3.20

Eva Noblezada, Nathan Lee Graham, George Salazar, More Set for Night of a Thousand Judys Virtual Concert The eighth annual Night of A Thousand Judys, a Pride concert benefiting The Ali Forney Center, will take place as a streaming online event July 14 at 8 PM. Written and hosted by Justin Sayre, the evening will include Tony winner Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), MAC winner Natalie Douglas, Tony nominee Eva Noblezada (Hadestown), Nathan Lee Graham (Zoolander), Tony nominee Adam Pascal (Rent), Tony nominee Beth Malone (Fun Home), Tony winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), George Salazar (Be More Chill), Ann Harada (Avenue Q), T. Oliver Reid (Hadestown), Jessica Vosk (Wicked), Spencer Day, and Bright Light Bright Light.The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest agency dedicated to helping LGBTQ+ homeless youth. Watch the concert and donate to the cause at

Dorothy Blazes New Trails In Grand Rapids MN Hometown Of Judy Garland This summer follow along with Visit Grand Rapids new campaign, Dorothy Blazes New Trails. While we know there is “no place like home”, we also know that people are feeling cooped up at home and want to get out to explore and seek safe places to find new adventure. This campaign will feature Dorothy (played by actress, Chelsey Johnson) and her black lab side kick, Tioga exploring Grand Rapids, MN – the home of Judy Garland (aka Frances Ethel Gumm). Each week the campaign will highlight safe and fun places to seek outdoor adventure, places to shop, places to dine, and places to stay. Follow along with the Dorothy Blazes New Trails each week on Visit Grand Rapids social media pages: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Visit Grand Rapids will do weekly featuring images of Dorothy, her trusty side kick, Tioga will be featured at iconic outdoor locations in the Grand Rapids. Dorothy will be joined by her Wizard of Oz Friends (tin man, scarecrow and the cowardly lion) in the coming weeks. The friends (real-life people that represent these Wizard of Oz characters) will head out on adventure together, while enjoying safe social distancing. In July Visit Grand Rapids will partner with area businesses and launch a Dorothy Blazes New Trails Contest where daily clues will be given and daily prizes will be awarded. There will be a designated Contest page on where people will be sent for photo clues of Dorothy and her friends at different outdoor locations, area attractions, businesses and places to eat & drink. Each day people will be asked to comment on Facebook and Instagram of the clues location and then at the end of the day Visit Grand Rapids staff will randomly draw a winner from those people whose comment was correct.

Talents of local voice actor recognized Georgia Craven recently received a Best Leading Actress nomination for The Audio Theatre Central Seneca Awards for her role as Dorothy Gale in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Craven is a Grade 12 student at Chatham-Kent Secondary School and has extensive experience in stage performing. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, however, marks Craven’s first lead part in an audio theatre production. In addition to the dialogue she had to read, Craven also had to perform two original songs as part of the production. The production was put on by Chatham’s Voices in the Wind Audio Theatre, which adapts popular literature works into full-cast audio productions using only voice actors and sound effects. Voices of the Wind Audio Theatre also received a nomination for Best Cover Art for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The winners will be announced in a live-stream broadcast on July 24 at 10 p.m. Snippets of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are available on the Voices of the Wind Audio Theatre website and the complete 90-minute production is available for purchase on



Oz in the News 6.16.20

MASSIVE new mural honors vintage Hollywood characters A new mural in downtown Miamisburg pays towering tribute to Hollywood legends. The massive portraits — 35-feet tall — of John Wayne, Carrie Fisher, Paul Newman, Judy Garland and Charlie Chaplin, have been created on the north wall of the Plaza Theatre, 33 S. Main St. Artist Erica Arndts, a Centerville native, said she wanted to “pay honor to vintage Hollywood characters,” as she put the finishing touches on the 100-foot-long mural Monday.

Oz in the News 4.1.20

Steven Spielberg Launches American Film Institute’s New Daily AFI Movie Club With ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ On Tuesday, AFI unveiled the launch of AFI Movie Club, designed to be “a daily virtual gathering to leverage our collective love of film on behalf of optimism in this time of global uncertainty.” Steven Spielberg, an AFI Trustee and 1995 recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, introduced the first movie chosen — 1939’s immortal Oscar-winning classic The Wizard of Oz — with a video (see it below) in which he is standing in front of a stunning French poster of another classic, Doctor Zhivago. In the video, he explains the reason the debut film was chosen for the honor. “I know you think you’ve seen it, but please think again because right now at this moment in our history what better message is there then ‘There’s no place like home’? ”

Canto: The Wizard of Oz Meets Dante’s Inferno in This Epic Fantasy Tale Modern fairytales are a dime a dozen. They remix the elements people remember from classic fairytales of old, without often understanding what those tropes mean to the story and what impact they have on the reader. Many forget the strength of a fairytale is in the magic of storytelling, along with the very real sense of darkness and vulnerability they bring. Canto, Vol. 1: If I Only Had a Heart is a story that manages to capture the darkness of classic fairytales by at once telling a story that is original and familiar. The creative team very deliberately invoke two particular stories when crafting this one: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and The Inferno by Dante Aligheri.

Oz in the News 2.25.20

Judy Garland Orchestral Arrangements to Be Auctioned Hundreds of pages of orchestral arrangements created for and used by Judy Garland will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions February 27. The collection includes arrangements of such Garland classics as “Over the Rainbow,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Judy at the Palace,” “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows,” and more.

According to notes and stamps on the music sheets, the bulk of the arrangements were used for Garland’s 1963-64 TV series The Judy Garland Show, as well as other performances, such as her 1967 concert engagement at Broadway’s Palace Theatre.

The arrangements were found in a trunk left by the Wizard of Oz star at New York’s Plaza Hotel in 1967 following the Palace concerts. The trunk and its contents were ultimately given to Costas Omero, director and producer of a revue that played the Plaza in 1971. The lot includes a letter of authenticity from Omero’s daughter.

Bidding for the arrangements is set to begin at $3,000.

Oz in the News 02.21.20

“The Wizard of Oz” Rudy Slipper Replica Are Here from Ikon Design Studio Just when you almost forget about the classic film The Wizard of Oz, it returns with a new replica collectible. Ikon Design Studio is trying to help your way back way with Dorothy’s Replica Slippers. This 1939 film never gets old and there is no better way to remember it than with this amazing replica. They were faithfully recreated from the stolen pair of shows recovered by the FBI from the Smithsonian. The Wizard of OZ Ruby Slippers are sized at 5C and the inside has “#6 Judy Garland” in them. Each pair will also come with a specialized serial numbered plague to show off how unique each pair is. There is not limited edition number just yet but each pair of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers are priced at $310. They are expected to ship out between September and December 2020 and pre-orders are live and located here

Oz in the News 12.15.19

Judy Garland Earns First Top 10 on a Billboard Chart Since 1945 With ‘The Man That Got Away’ Late legend Judy Garland graces the top 10 of a Billboard songs chart for the first time in 74 years, as “The Man That Got Away,” with remixer Eric Kupper, bounds 15-10 on Dance Club Songs (dated Dec. 14). “My father was a huge Judy Garland fan, and I grew up loving her voice,” Kupper tells Billboard. “To be able to work on one of her recordings, especially this song, is such an honor. Also, the technical challenges involved with remixing this older recording were actually quite fun!”

Oz in the News 12.10.19

NEW UK TRAILER RELEASED FOR DOCUMENTARY SID & JUDY The new UK trailer for Sid & Judy has landed; this fascinating and moving documentary from director Stephen Kijak (We Are X), on the passionate and turbulent relationship between Judy Garland and her manager and husband, Sid Luft. The film features the voices of Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Baby Driver) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight, Annihilation) as Sid and Judy respectively. The film will be released on digital on 16 December. Sid & Judy tells the story of Judy Garland’s phoenix-like rise from the ashes to the absolute heights of fame, driven by her great and turbulent love affair with Sid Luft, her third husband, who managed her through triumphant highs and crushing lows, during the course of their 13 year marriage. It is the story of how The Star became The Legend.

All Rise episode 11 spoilers: ‘The Wizard of Joy’  “The Joy From Oz” – Amid holiday parties, Lola must defend herself before the Commission on Judicial Performance after a complaint is made against her. Also, Judge Lisa Benner enlists Sara, Emily and Luke in staging a “Wizard of Oz”-themed mock trial for the children of Hall of Justice employees, in which Dorothy is on trial for killing the wicked witch, on ALL RISE, Monday, Dec. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.

Oz in the News 11.21.19

Glinda the Good Witch’s Wizard of Oz wand to auction at Bonhams The wand will cross the block in Los Angeles as part of an auction celebrating Hollywood memorabilia from its “greatest year” of 1939. Although the wand never appeared in the finished film, it is the only surviving example created for the production by the renowned costume designer Gilbert Adrian. It was originally made for Billie Burke, who played Glinda the Good Witch of the North, and was likely used in behind-the-scenes wardrobe tests. But when it came to filming, the use of new Technicolor film meant the production team had to re-think their designs (most notably by changing the colour of Dorothy’s slippers from silver to red).

‘Judy’ Hair and Makeup professional Reveals how Renee Zellweger Became Judy Garland The designer explains that Zellweger wore a small nose prosthetic and dental retainers that not only would alter the shape of her teeth to match Garland’s but also modify the way her jaw sat. The dental work was the trickiest, Woodhead says, because by 1968, Garland’s teeth were “quite gnarly.” He explains, “Had we been absolutely accurate, it would have been very distracting.” Zellweger needed to wear the teeth not only to act but to sing. “Renée had a set of teeth that she could rehearse with,” Woodhead says. “She spent several weeks with these teeth and by the time we came to film, she was completely used to wearing them, so it didn’t impede her.”

Amazing Wizard of Oz cake wins gold at international competition North Devon sugar artist Karolina Andreasova was part of a 12-strong team that won gold with their Oz-inspired creation at the Cake International Sugar Craft Show in Birmingham’s NEC. The Sugar Chronicles team won first prize with their cake which shows various Wizard of Oz characters in a tableau – every single piece of the exhibit was made from sugar.

Oz in the News 11.14.19

Finally, a Mad Men–Style Show About Judy Garland’s Hollywood There’s a new TV show in the works about Stevie Phillips, the high-powered female manager and agent for Judy Garland. Phillips also managed numerous other stars, including Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli, Bob Fosse, Robert Redford, Henry Fonda, David Bowie, and more. Yes, this does seem like something that would spawn forth from the Murphyverse, but somehow, it has not. Deadline reports that Stevie is an adaptation of Phillips’s 2015 memoir Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me. The book is described as a dishy examination of one woman’s journey from being a Mad Men–era secretary in Manhattan to managing some of the biggest stars of the day, as well as a look at Garland’s tumultuous career. Stevie will also include time spent with Sue Mengers, the legendary agent and a close friend of Phillips. (She’s the “Sue” in the memoir title.) A brief New York Times review of the book characterized it as an unsparing, if cruel, look at some of the legendary figures in Phillips’s life, namely Garland. Phillips writes bluntly about Garland’s issues, including allegations that the star self-harmed.

Oz in the News 11.7.19

Lionsgate Bringing ‘Judy’ Home in December Lionsgate will release the Judy Garland biopic Judy through digital retailers Dec. 10, and on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Dec. 24. The film stars Oscar winner Renée Zellweger as Garland, 30 years after rising to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, arriving in London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. While preparing for the shows, Garland battles with management, reminisces with friends and adoring fans, and embarks on a whirlwind romance with soon-to-be fifth husband Mickey Deans — all while struggling to overcome anxiety and physical decline. Home video extras include the theatrical trailer, an image gallery and the featurette “From the Heart: The Making of Judy.”

Over the rainbow in Grand Rapids: Judy Garland museum reawakens childhood memories Plumes of white smoke welcome visitors to the close-knit paper mill community of Grand Rapids, and along a busy street farther into town, the Judy Garland Museum can be spotted across from an Applebees and Home Depot. A nonconforming entity, the two-story white clapboard house rests along this modernized strip of consumerism and commercial real estate — as if the twister that blew Judy into the Hollywood spotlight also misplaced her early childhood home. The late 19th-century house, which was purposely moved from its original location, sits connected by an enclosed walkway to an unassuming building overflowing with memorabilia and artifacts tied to the star’s public and private life.

FREE MOVIE EVENT – THE WIZARD OF OZ AT THE TEXAN THEATER, 2712 LEE STREET, GREENVILLE, TX Elaine Horn is the look-alike, sound-alike. impersonator for the young Judy. as Dorothy. …the premier Warner Brother’s and family-endorsed Judy Garland / Dorothy look-alike and sound-alike will be in attendance to open the movie, conduct a Q&A following the film, and take photos!

Hudson Valley farm owned by the granddaughter of The Wizard of Oz producer Jennifer Oz Leroy owns Oz Farm in Saugerties. Leroy’s middle name is Oz for a good reason, her grandfather, Mervyn LeRoy, is a legendary Hollywood director and producer, according to the Oz Farm’s website. Mervyn LeRoy produced The Wizard of Oz and is credited with discovering Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Robert Mitchum and Lana Turner. Her great-grandfather, Jack Warner, is one of the Warner brothers behind Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. After working in the restaurant business in New York City, Leroy purchased an 82-acre horse farm in the Hudson Valley. Leroy combined two of her biggest passions, horses and events, to turn the horse farm in Saugerties into a venue for weddings and events.