Oz in the News 8.6.17

Review: “Lost in Oz” Season 1 – Great Way to Get Lost The series can be easily followed by those who are completely unfamiliar with Oz, with a lot of the references coming off as pre-series historical context in the same way as the offhand references to the Clone Wars in the first Star Wars movie. Those more familiar with the L. Frank Baum books or the classic Judy Garland movie will be nicely thrown by the way Lost in Oz keeps throwing curveballs at your expectations. This is a very, very different Oz that crafts a lot of magical equivalents to more modern technology ranging from cars to computers and mobile phones. Some characters get revamped, like the Cowardly Lion turning into Reigh, a teenaged conspiracy theorist who links up with Dorothy and her friends to solve the riddle of the magical drought. Other characters are left almost entirely unchanged from their more familiar incarnations, such as Glinda the Good and the Scarecrow (the latter of whom suffers from memory loss to parallel his quest for a brain in the original story, but which unfortunately makes him feel a little too derivative of Dory in the Finding Nemo movies).

Oz in the News 8.5.17

Lizzy Greene Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Secrets From ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn’s Wizard of Oz Episode “I always have [been a fan]. It used to be one of my favorite movies, growing up as a kid. I loved it because it was very colorful. And I’ve always kind of looked for the yellow brick road in real life! I thought it was real. I’ve always loved the movie. I love Toto! And the fact that we got to recreate it was so fun and I really can’t wait for everyone to see. We’ve worked so hard on this — the crew worked overtime and we worked every single day on this project. We did probably about 50 rehearsals of the whole dance number, with the “I’m Dorothy” dance number. They took it very seriously, everything had to be perfect, the movements and everything. So the finished product truly did come out amazing and I’m so excited!”

Oz in the News 8.4.17

Repaving the Yellow Brick Road in ingenious “Bricklayers of Oz” There is something about “The Bricklayers of Oz,” dancer-choreographer Jessica Deahr’s ingenious new hip-hop dance-theater piece for Chicago Dance Crash, that is so imaginative, so playfully revisionist, so of the moment in its biting social commentary, and so superbly realized by all the artists involved, that it feels like an instant classic all its own. Sophisticated enough to please any adult, and propulsive and glittery enough to captivate young audiences, it should enjoy a life far beyond its current brief engagement through Aug. 5 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Info: http://www.chicagodancecrash.com

Wizard of Oz Fest returns to Tinley Park Activities will include performances by the Spirit of Oz costumed characters, talks by John Fricke, noted Wizard of Oz historian and author, an interactive talk titled “All About Oz” with Jane Albright, president of the International Wizard of Oz Club, pie-eating contests and singing competitions. Contestants can try their hand at imitating the Wicked Witch of the West’s distinctive cackle in one competition that will be held. Visitors can walk along a recreated Yellow Brick Road, and in the Dorothy Gale Farm Area there will be hay rides, pony rides and petting zoo. There will also be an opportunity to shoot, using an air cannon, stalks of corn at targets, or race rubber ducks.nThe fest offers a number of food and craft vendors, and costumed Wizard of Oz characters mingling with the crowd. More information is at midwestozfest.com.

Oz in the News 8.3.17

Allison Mack on How Smallville Prepared Her To Get Lost in Oz “I think anytime you’re playing something that’s either true-to-life or something that’s existed for a long period of time, there’s a lot of responsibility but also a lot of privilege in that because it’s just a minefield of goodies and ideas and backstory and things that other people other people have laid out and you’re actualizing,” Mack told ComicBook.com. “So it feels like you’re being indoctrinated into this really cool club with people who have been creating these stories about these great characters for such a long time. I think we always had that feeling on Smallville, that we’re honoring something that has really influenced the culture and society for a long time. And Lost in Oz has that same feeling as well.”

Hollywood Moms Bring Their Kids to ‘Lost in Oz’ Premiere! Jordana Brewster and Jamie-Lynn Sigler pose for a photo with their sons while attending the premiere of the new Amazon Prime Video series Lost in Ozon Tuesday afternoon (August 1) at NeueHouse in Hollywood. Soleil Moon Frye was their with her daughters while Shiri Appleby attended solo.

 

 

Wicked: the 16th longest running London show WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, will tonight play its 4567th performance at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, surpassing the triumphant run of Billy Elliot The Musical to become the 16th longest running show in London theatre history.

Oz in the News 7.31.17

Two characters from The Wizard of Oz coming to Vynl in October Two characters from The Wizard of Oz are coming to Funko’s Vnyl range this October. Fans of the classic movie, which starred Judy Garland, will be able to add Dorothy and Scarecrow to their collection. The pack also includes Dorothy’s trusty companion Toto, who is integral to the movie. We’ve got our fingers crossed that some of Dorothy’s other companions will be added to the collection in the near future!

Australian actress chosen for Wizard of Oz Dreams really do come true for Melbourne actress Samantha Leigh Dodemaide who has just landed the role of Dorothy in an upcoming Australian stage production of the Wizard of Oz, beating more than 400 actresses. ‘I remember watching MGM musicals on a Saturday afternoon with my Mum and that’s how I got my love of music theatre, from Judy Garland, Doris Day, the classics, and who better to be inspired by than them? The Wizard of Oz was definitely a favourite,’ she said. ‘If Toto needs to share my dressing room I’m more than happy for that to happen as well.’

 

Oz in the News 7.28.17

Dissecting the Classics – The Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz is certainly not a film for everyone, but I defy anyone to point out a meaningful flaw that doesn’t boil down to different standards in effects or personal preference. Unlike other game changing films of the time, this film neither feels dated because it has been done better since (Snow White) or because of unfortunate connotations (Gone With The Wind). It is a family movie with timeless values that transcend any meaningful barriers, which I think is why it endures today. Sure, being the source material for Wicked doesn’t hurt either, but the play feels like a companion piece and not a modern replacement.

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.