Category Archives: Judy Garland

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.

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 https://omny.fm/shows/george-and-paul/nostalgia-with-craig-bennett-judy-garland/embed?style=artwork

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.