Category Archives: Oz Music

Oz in the News 10.17.17

Giant Wizard Of Oz ruby slippers centrepiece for Porthleven School firework fun day Inside a barn, somewhere in Cornwall (or possibly Kansas), something very strange and wonderful is taking place. A fresh lick of ruby red paint is being liberally applied to a pair of giant 7ft tall slippers. The giant (and possibly magical) shoes will form the centrepiece of a Wizard of Oz themed firework display and family fun day in Porthleven next weekend. It will be held with the grounds of Porthleven School and also raises money for the village primary school. The tornado-like force behind the event is local mum Leigh Yates, here in the guise of the Wicked Witch, and follows on from past events at the school which have included a medieval and Harry Potter days. Leigh said: “We’ll be showing the film on a giant cinema screen and we will have all the characters and quite a few show-stoppers. It’s going to be a really great evening.”

Hotel del Coronado: San Diego’s luxury landmark for 129 years Since its opening in February 1888, Hotel del Coronado has been a San Diego landmark, its silhouette rising from the coastline like a sandcastle reaching for the sky. The Del, as the resort is affectionately known, quickly became known for its setting and was touted in contemporary brochures as the “unrivaled Queen of seaside resorts … this enchanting spot has no equal in America … or the world.” In that era, wealthy guests traveled from the East Coast for a week or more by train and stayed at the resort for months at a time, enjoying San Diego’s mild temperatures and year-round sunshine, especially in the wintertime.

 

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Oz in the News 10.11.17

How Miranda’s Lambert’s split from Blake Shelton led her down the Yellow Brick Road Just as Dorothy and Toto followed the Yellow Brick Road to find The Wizard of Oz, this week, Miranda Lambert’s latest single, “Tin Man,” is following a path towards country’s top 25. The six-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year admits her divorce from Blake Shelton inspired her to re-examine those classic characters from the iconic movie starring Judy Garland. “Whatever influenced you the most, at whatever time in your life, it somewhere or another comes out in your art,” Miranda reveals. “The Tin Man, I guess, going through a lot of times where I felt pretty empty, I understood a whole new meaning. I mean, how many times have we seen The Wizard Of Oz, you know? But it’s something that world shares. Everyone knows what the Tin Man represents:  cold and empty and loneliness and heartless,” the Texas native says. “And it just opened my eyes to it even more going through pain myself, you know, sort of an epiphany.”

Oz in the News 10.3.17

Judy Garland’s Final Concert Will Be Released for the First Time in 2018 An audio recording of film star and gay icon Judy Garland’s final concert, captured three months before her death in Copenhagen, will be released following a high-definition transfer and restoration from a Denmark radio broadcast. Garland’s performance at Falkoner Centret on March 25, 1969, featured a set list that included “Get Happy,” “The Man That Got Away,” and “Over the Rainbow”: the song she introduced in the 1939 movie musical The Wizard of Oz that became her signature. The release will also include two newly-discovered tracks from a recording made by the concert hall itself: “Till the Clouds Roll By” and “Am I Blue?” (both duets with Johnny Ray). The recording will be made available in several high-definition formats, including DSD, PCM, and as a physical disc.

Wicked celebrates twelfth year Wicked, the smash hit musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, flies into its 12th year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. The much-loved musical will become the 15th longest running show in London theatre history on 19th October 2017, when it surpasses the run of We Will Rock You. In celebration of the production’s birthday, a series of stunning new principal cast portraits, by photographer Darren Bell, have been released.

Oz in the News 9.28.17

A terrifying Halloween event based on The Wizard of Oz is taking place in a Welsh derelict chapel The teams’ aim is to escape terrors from the 1939 Judy Garland film featuring the Lion, Witch, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Munchkins, winged monkeys and more, all set in a universe where things have gone terribly wrong. It’s the brainchild of Toby Brandon, creative director of Twins of Evil Attractions, who said: “You think of the word ‘Oz’ and you think of The Wizard of Oz. Regardless of where you are from or how old you are. It’s probably one of biggest films in the world, so I thought ‘how can I take it and really twist it?’ Toby was coy on what exactly it is, but said there will be a “world record” involved in the scary event.

Five things you didn’t know about “Over the Rainbow”  #3 – Less than a year after The Wizard of Oz premiered, MGM used the song again in another film, the social comedy The Philadelphia Story. Katherine Hepburn, playing a wealthy socialite on the eve of her wedding, and James Stewart, a tabloid reporter sent to get a scoop on the event, share a drunken midnight swim at her family estate. As he carries her back to the house, Stewart sings a garbled version of the song:“Some day over the rainbow,” he croons, much to the delight of a groggy Hepburn.

Cast Announced For Wicked 2018 Uk & Ireland Tour Audiences across the country can look forward to seeing a cast including the likes of Amy Ross (Elphaba) and Helen Woolf (Glinda) Defying Gravity as the magnificent musical Wicked tours in 2018. Ross, who most recently starred as in fellow West End hits Kinky Boots (as Nicola) and Sunny Afternoon (playing Joyce), and Woolf (Wicked, West End), will be joined by the likes of Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Kim Ismay (Madame Morrible), Emily Shaw (Nessarose), Iddon Jones (Boq) and Nikki Bentley (Standby for Elphaba), along with the previously announced Aaron Sidwell (Fiyero), in leading the cast of the forthcoming return engagement of Wicked’s UK & Ireland Tour in 2018.

Oz in the News 9.2.17

Hisada: Led By the Yellow Bricks CD review – a powerful evocation of childhood Led By the Yellow Bricks – her seven-movement suite for an instrumental sextet of two strings, two woodwind, piano and percussion, which was first performed by the Ensemble für Neue Musik Zurich last year – was inspired by Frank Baum’s children’s classic The Wizard of Oz. Hisada’s work does not attempt to tell “seven consecutive stories”, she insists, nor to portray the events in Baum’s book. It is more an attempt to suggest the childhood memories that reading the book evoked, which her music does in gestures of increasing power. Tiny ideas become kernels for much larger ones. The gigantic climaxes she extracts from the ensemble are balanced against textures and solos of much quieter intensity and interrupted a couple of times by a child’s voice. It is approachable and a bit mysterious.

Wicked Extends Booking in the West End Through December 2018 Wicked, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has just announced its 24th extension with 500,000 new tickets now released for performances until Saturday 1 December 2018. The “hugely popular show” (The Times) celebrates its 11th birthday on 27 September 2017 at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is already the 16th longest running show in West End theatre history.

Oz in the News 8.26.17

We’re Over The Rainbow For This Heartwarming ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Redux A group of Los Angeles-based seniors recently paid tribute to “The Wizard of Oz” to honor the 78th anniversary of the film’s release Aug. 25, and it’s safe to say we’ll never see the 1939 classic the same way again. This take on “Oz” stars a cast of performers, or “Scene-iors,” from Tuesdays With Matthew, a Los Angeles-based volunteer program for senior citizens. As seen in the video below, Sonia, 91, slipped into Dorothy’s ruby slippers, while 94-year-old Florence showcased her dramatic chops as Glinda the Good Witch. 

Where You’ve Heard That Creepy Song In Death Note Before Interestingly, the lyrics come from a seriously unexpected source: 1939’s The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her newfound Oz friends sing the song, titled “Optimistic Voices,” as they march down the Yellow Brick Road on their way to Emerald City. The entire scene is quite different from anything in Death Note, since it’s literally supposed to be optimistic. Here, the entire world is ahead of Dorothy, the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), and the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) as they’re surrounded by technicolor magic. In Death Note, the tune is a dark lullaby for a clearly tortured man. Since the original Death Note has no apparent official connection to The Wizard Of Oz, there has to be some reason the movie’s team chose “Optimistic Voices” as the song that continuously pops up throughout the project. It’s possible Light can be seen as a dark version of Oz’s The Wizard (Frank Morgan) through the young man’s creation of Kira, a persona people the world over begin believing is an omniscient god. While the aging, balding Wizard hides behind the towering, powerful image of himself, Light similarly hides behind Kira.

Oz in the News 8.12.17

EASTENDERS’ Aaron Sidwell to Join the WICKED 2018 UK & Ireland Tour WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to announce that EastEnders star Aaron Sidwellwill play Fiyero on the forthcoming return engagement of the spectacular, critically acclaimed and multi record-breaking UK & Ireland Tour in 2018. Aaron Sidwell is currently playing ‘Steven Beale’ in the BBC’s EastEnders, a role he originally played in 2007/08. His many musical theatre appearances include Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse), American Idiot (Arts Theatre, London) and the leading role of ‘Michael Dork’ in Loserville The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouseand in the West End). Aaron Sidwell is scheduled to appear at all venues. The full UK & Ireland Tour cast will be announced in September.