Category Archives: Judy Garland

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.

Oz in the News 4.23.17

Go Behind The Scenes Of Judy Garland Musical JUDY! A series of three short documentaries are being released prior to the official opening of the poignant biographical musical Judy!.Charting the turbulent life of acclaimed chanteuse Judy Garland, the show opens this May at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End. With narration by musical theatre legend Elaine Paige, and interviews hosted by leading theatre critic Mark Shenton, the documentaries follow the show’s journey from a 60-seat theatre in Fulham to the Arts Theatre, as well as exploring the design process and providing cast interviews. Writer and director Ray Rackham said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been given the opportunity to explore the journey of the play. It really has been a dream come true, taking the show – and almost all of the cast who originated the roles – from the studio space at London Theatre Workshop in December 2015 to the Arts Theatre, West End, in May 2017. I’m so grateful to Elaine and Mark for being part of this process.”

Oz in the News 4.14.17

To Preserve Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, Smithsonian Relies On Custom Q-Tips And A Lot Of Cash The shoes that magically transported Dorothy from the Land of Oz back to Kansas are now about to take a trip of their own — to a conservation lab at the Smithsonian. The National Museum of American History is getting ready to take the ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz off display for preservation. Dorothy’s slippers will be spending a lot of time in a basement laboratory after they go off display April 23. “We’ll be doing pretty much all the work underneath the microscope, going sequin by sequin,” says conservator Dawn Wallace. The ruby slippers aren’t actually covered in rubies. The shoes are decorated with plastic sequins, which were fairly advanced material in the 1930s. Analyzing the condition of each and every sequin could take a while, Wallace says — there are roughly 2,400 of them per slipper. Cleaning the shoes requires special Q-Tips that are custom made at the museum. The shoes also must be housed in a highly sophisticated display case to prevent light from fading their color. Although the shoes looked gleaming red in Technicolor, in person they’re a tamer burgundy. All these preservation efforts require extensive research and time — and money. But according to the museum, it’s what must be done to ensure visitors enjoy the slippers for decades.

Wizard of Oz shoes which Latchingdon man bought for shoe-crazed wife go on sale for charity In March, Latchingdon resident Andy Walker bought a 14ft long and 7ft high pair of red slippers – previously used for a Wizard of Oz display in Harrods, London – to satisfy his wife’s obsession with shoes. The shoes became a local sensation overnight with many residents and neighbours noticing them when passing by the house in Cold Norton Road. With the excitement somewhat subsided, Andy has decided to put the shoes up for sale on the auction website eBay, with all proceeds going towards Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. The shoes were put on the site this week, with the auction running until Bank Holiday Monday. So far, bidding has increased to £112. Andy added: “It’s been incredibly popular since it went live, the page has already had 15,000 views and I’ve had people message me from America asking how much it would cost to ship them over there.

American Gods: Gillian Anderson talks Judy Garland “It was a curious process into Judy because there’s something very specific about her and an aspect of her personality that is kind of uncopy-able,” says Anderson. “And for a long time that I was working on her, I was struggling with that, working in my own space, trying to figure out what it was that was quintessentially her. I came to the conclusion that, actually, I might be barking up the wrong tree. [Laughs] Whereas with other characters, there were things I could hook onto that felt like [I] was tapping into an essence of some kind, I found Judy actually the most elusive or the most challenging to bring an element of her to the picture. So I had to ultimately make different decisions about how to represent her.”

Oz in the News 4.6.17

The Secret Jewish History Of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers Adrian, who when he deigned to go by two names went by Gilbert Adrian, was born in Connecticut with an astonishing three names: Adrian Adolph Greenberg. His grandparents on his father’s side were Russian immigrants, while his mother’s parents had come to the United States from Bohemia and Germany. Best known in his life for his opulent gowns, most memorably displayed in an originally-cut, now-restored fashion show in the 1939 film “The Women,” Adrian’s work of most lasting significance was those ruby slippers. The final look was simultaneously demure and excessive, a midwest-appropriate Mary Jane positively overrun with sequins: Each shoe, supposedly, sported 2,300.

Oz in the News 3.29.17

National Recording Registry Picks Are “Over the Rainbow”  Judy Garland’s hit single “Over The Rainbow”; the original-cast album of “The Wiz”; the rap group N.W.A’s seminal album, “Straight Outta Compton”; the Eagles’ 1976 “Their Greatest Hits”; and the national anthem of black America have been designated as aural treasures worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these recordings and 20 other titles to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage. One of the best-known ballads of all time, “Over the Rainbow,” from the classic American fantasy film “The Wizard of Oz,” expresses a poignant yearning for escape as sung by the film’s young star, Judy Garland.  “Over the Rainbow” became an anthem for Garland, a song she cherished throughout her life as her favorite.  “It represents everyone’s wondering why things can’t be a little better,” she said 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 that she’s [the Garland character] ever seen in her life,” he recalled, and created a symbol of hope that also became a reason for the film’s creators to shift its cinematography from sepia tones to Technicolor once Dorothy landed in the Land of Oz. Garland credited the song’s “childlike, wistful quality” to its composer, Harold Arlen.  The song won an Academy Award, and the 1939 Decca recording by Garland—released a few weeks after the film’s premiere—with accompaniment by Victor Young and his orchestra, became a best-seller.

Oz in the News 2.21.17

kansascollection_thekey4New Immersive Play Makes You Pick A Side In The Battle For Oz Speakeasy Society’s The Kansas Collection takes place after Dorothy’s departure and focuses on the unrest that grips Oz now that the Wizard has been exposed for a fraud. The Scarecrow and his camp are firmly anti-magic, believing the smoke and mirrors that surrounded the disgraced wizard are the root of Oz’s strife. Unfortunately, this means the new regime has also cracked down on good magic, which, as you recall, was a key element of the witches of the north and south. The audience is left to learn about each faction jockeying for power, and to choose whom they will pledge their allegiance. It can be confusing at times, and there seem to be multiple points at which one can decide to be a double agent. Adding to the disarray is the fact that time flows differently in Oz, meaning you might not be able to trust when you are, let alone who you are with. If starring in your own cloak and dagger, fantastical spy movie sounds appealing to you, you might want to jump on The Kansas Collection before the story progresses too far. Each show lasts about 15 to 20 minutes, but offers space to hang out, socialize, have a glass of wine, and glean information from other guests, who may be on a different path than your own. At $15 a ticket, it’s a deal. If you’re just getting started, you can do a few things. You can read this spoiler-filled recap of The Key here, though this account is only one possible track. If you go, you may have a different outcome. Or, you can wait for Speakeasy Society to re-stage The Key and The Axe, which they are planning to do in March. Get tickets here, or follow them on Twitter for the latest updates here.

What song did John F Kennedy ask Judy Garland to sing to him on the phone? A new memoir by “The Wizard of Oz” star’s third husband Sid Luft, which was crafted from notes Luft left unfinished before he died in 2005, tells how Garland was introduced to JFK by Peter Lawford and his wife Patricia, Kennedy’s younger sister, when Kennedy was a junior senator from Massachusetts. “JFK was young, lanky and extremely outgoing,” writes Luft in “Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland.” “He asked Peter and Pat to introduce him to ‘Dorothy’ in the flesh.” Garland and Kennedy struck up a friendship, and as Luft wrote: “In the coming years, JFK would ring Judy from either the White House or Camp David and ask her to sing to him over the telephone.” “He’d request ‘Over the Rainbow,’” continued Luft. “Judy was located somewhere in New York and obliged the President with several renditions of his favorite melodies.”

Oz in the News 2.7.17

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THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW Channel Comes to StreamNet.TV ft. Streisand, Minnelli & More LAStreamNet.TV is adding 26 one hour episodes of THE Judy Garland SHOW Channel to its platform. This historic collection of 26 one-hour-long episodes includes an unprecedented list of guests including Barbra Streisand, Mickey Rooney, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Ethel Merman, Bob Newhart, Donald O’Connor, Peggy Lee, Steve Allen, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, and Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli, among others. Judy Garland also performed solo concert performances as part of this amazing, wonderful TV show. In 1962, the CBS Network won the right to broadcast Judy Garland‘s musical variety show in an unheard-of pact worth $24 million. From June 1963 through March 1964, the one-hour episodes were videotaped at CBS’ Television City in Hollywood, California. There are once-in-a-lifetime musical pairings and duets between Garland and her guests. This collection is the only remaining audio/video in existence of the legendary diva at her physical and vocal peak.