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Other Oz events can also be found on [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wizard-of-Oz-calendar-of-events/134800309920409?sk=wall the Wizard of Oz Calendar of Events page on Facebook].
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==Going on now==
 
==Going on now==
===Wicked play, around the world===
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===''Wicked'' play, around the world===
'''Now playing: ''Wicked''.''' This is it, the biggest thing to hit Oz in years: the award-winning musical based on Gregory Maguire's novel ''Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West''. The book is by Winnie Holzman, the music by Stephen Schwartz, and the show is directed by Joe Mantello. It has done so well, it has spawned the following sit-down companies:
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'''Now playing: ''Wicked''.''' This is the award-winning musical based on Gregory Maguire's novel ''Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West''. The book is by Winnie Holzman, the music by Stephen Schwartz, and the show is directed by Joe Mantello. It has done so well, it has spawned the following productions:
  
* [http://www.gershwintheatre.com/ Gershwin Theater], Broadway, New York City, New York. Tickets may be purchased online at [http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/24579 ticketmaster.com]. For more details, go to [http://wickedthemusical.com/ wickedthemusical.com]. For a "Behind the Emerald Curtain" tour on Saturday mornings, go to [http://www.emeraldcurtain.com/NewYork.html emeraldcurtain.com/NewYork.html] for details.
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* [http://www.gershwintheatre.com/ Gershwin Theater], Broadway, New York City, New York. Tickets may be purchased online at [http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/24579 ticketmaster.com]. For more details, go to [http://wickedthemusical.com/ wickedthemusical.com]. For a "Behind the Emerald Curtain" tour on Saturday mornings, go to https://wickedthemusical.com/behind-the-emerald-curtain#scrolldown for details.
* The Apollo Victoria Theartre, The West End, London, England, United Kingdom. For more information, including booking tickets, see [http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/ wickedthemusical.co.uk] or [http://www.wickedwestend.co.uk/ wickedwestend.co.uk]. You can also follow the British Wicked on the following social network sites:
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** [http://www.facebook.com/WickedLondon FaceBook]
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** [http://www.ivillage.co.uk/newspol/community/leisure/articles/0,,598817_705003,00.html iVillage]
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** [http://www.myspace.com/wickedthemusicallondon MySpace]
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** [http://twitter.com/wickedlondon Twitter]
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* Dentsu Shiki Theatre, Tokyo, Japan (see [http://wicked.jp/index.html wicked.jp] for details)
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* Orpheum Theater, San Francisco, California (see [http://www.shnsf.com/shows/wicked shnsf.com/shows/wicked], and [http://www.shnsf.com/shows/wicked/BEC shnsf.com/shows/wicked/BEC] for their own version of ''Wicked: Behind the Emerald Curtain''), through September 5
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* Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, Sydney, Australia (see [http://www.wickedthemusical.com.au/ wickedthemusical.com.au]), through September 12
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* Metronom Theater, Oberhausen, Germany (see [http://www.stage-entertainment.de/musicals/wicked-oberhausen/wicked-oberhausen.html www.stage-entertainment.de/musicals/wicked-oberhausen/wicked-oberhausen.html])
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* [http://www.qpac.com.au/event/WICKED_Waitlist.aspx Lyric Theatre], Queenslnd Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, Australia (opens January 2011)
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''Wicked'' is also touring North America. For more information and updates about the tour, see [http://www.wickedthemusical.com/#WickedCitiesOnTour wickedthemusical.com/#WickedCitiesOnTour] or [http://www.musicalschwartz.com/wicked-tour.htm musicalschwartz.com/wicked-tour.htm]. Here's the current schedule (locations and dates are subject to change):
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* The Apollo Victoria Theatre, The West End, London, England, United Kingdom. For more information, including booking tickets, see http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/ or http://www.wickedwestend.co.uk/, and tickets can be purchased through http://www.wickedtheatretickets.co.uk/.
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*''Wicked'' is also touring the United States and Canada. For more information and updates about the tour, see http://www.wickedthemusical.com/north-american-tour-tickets. Here's the current schedule (locations and dates are subject to change):
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** Now through December 29, 2019: [https://www.fabulousfox.com/events/detail/wicked The Fabulous Fox], St. Louis, Missouri
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** January 1-19, 2020: [https://www.celebrityattractions.com/shows/724/WICKED/Little-Rock/2020 Robinson Performance Hall], Little Rock, Arkansas
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** January 22-February 9, 2020: [https://www.broadwayincolumbia.com/Wicked-6-10.html Koger Center for the Arts], Columbia, South Carolina
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** February 12-March 8, 2020: [https://baltimore.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ Hippodrome Theatre], Baltimore, Maryland
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** March 11-29, 2020: [https://www.overture.org/events/wicked Overture Center for the Arts], Madison, Wisconsin
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** April 1-19, 2020: [https://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/wicked Wharton Center], East Lansing, Michigan
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** April 22-May 17, 2020: [https://columbus.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ Ohio Theatre], Columbus, Ohio
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** May 20-31, 2020: [https://broadwaynorfolk.com/wicked/ Chrysler Hall], Norfolk, Virginia
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** June 3-14, 2020: [https://broadwayinrichmond.com/wicked/ Altria Theater], Richmond, Virginia
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** June 17-July 5, 2020: [https://desmoinesperformingarts.org/events/wicked/ Civic Center], Des Moines, Iowa
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** July 9-26, 2020: [https://vancouver.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ Queen Elizabeth Theatre], Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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** July 29-August 9, 2020: [https://calgary.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ Southern Jubilee Auditorium], Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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** August 12-23, 2020: [https://edmonton.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ Northern Jubilee Auditorium], Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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** November 18-December 6, 2020: [http://www.tangercenter.com/events/detail/wicked-1 Tanger Center], Greensboro, North Carolina
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** December 9, 2020-January 10, 2021: [https://www.blumenthalarts.org/events/detail/wicked-1 Ovens Auditorium], Charlotte, North Carolina
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* June 30-July 25, 2010: [http://www.thehobbycenter.org/index.php?q=node/84 The Hobby Center], Houston, Texas
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* July 14-August 8, 2010: [http://www.marcuscenter.org/Wicked.html Marcus Center for the Performing Arts], Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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* July 28-August 29, 2010: [http://www.capa.com/presentations/current-season-presentations/wicked Ohio Theatre], Columbus, Ohio
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'''''The Wizard of Oz'' tour.''' This touring production of the musical, based on The Movie, has wrapped up its tour of China and the Middle East China and the Middle East. The following stops have been announced:
* August 11-September 19, 2010: [http://www.minneapolis-theater.com/theaters/orpheum-theater/theater.php?month=8&year=2010 Orpheum Theatre], Minneapolis, Minnesota
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* September 22-October 10, 2010: [http://www.overturecenter.com/production/wicked Overture Center], Madison, Wisconsin
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* October 13-31, 2010: [http://www.orpheum-memphis.com/index.cfm?section=comattrac&page=details&showid=693 Orpheum Theatre], Memphis, Tennessee
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* October 20-November 28, 2010: [http://www.mirvish.com/homepagefeature/cominginoctober Canon Theatre], Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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* November 3-14, 2010: [http://www.littlerock.com/calendar/default.asp?month=11 Robinson Center], Little Rock, Arkansas
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* November 17-28, 2010: [http://www.tulsapac.com/calendar.asp?id=1399&thedate=11/1/2010&task=display Chapman Music Hall], Tulsa, Oklahoma
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* December 1-12, 2010: [http://www.millerauditorium.com/ Miller Auditorium], Kalamazoo, Michigan
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* December 1, 2010-January 23, 2011: [http://broadwayinchicago.com/shows_dyn.php?cmd=display_current&display_showtag=wicked10 Cadillac Palace Theatre], Chicago, Illinois
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* December 15, 2010-January 1, 2011: [http://www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/cities/indianapolis.html Murat Center], Indianapolis, Indiana
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* January 5-23, 2011: [http://www.broadwayintucson.com/shows_wicked.html UA Centennial Concert Hall], Tucson, Arizona
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* January 26-February 13, 2011: [http://popejoypresents.com/2010-2011/wicked Popejoy Hall], Albuquerque, New Mexico
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* January 26-February 20, 2011: [http://www.foxcitiespac.com/events/wicked Fox Cities Performing Arts Center], Appleton, Wisconsin
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* February 16-March 6, 2011: [http://www.majesticempire.com/ Majestic Theatre], San Antonio, Texas
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* February 23-March 27, 2011: [http://www.orlandovenues.net/other_info_files/bob_carr_centre.php Carr Performing Arts Centre], Orlando, Florida
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* March 9-April 3, 2011: [http://www.ocpac.org/home/Events/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1000 Orange County Performing Arts Center], Costa Mesa, California
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* March 30-April 24, 2011: [http://www.browardcenter.org/ Broward Center], Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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* April 6-17, 2011: [http://www.newspaceentertainment.com/fresno/wicked-fresno/ Saroyan Theatre], Fresno, California
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* April 20-May 1, 2011: [http://www.hultcenter.org/event.asp?id=6429 Hult Center], Eugene, Oregon
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* April 27-May 22, 2011: [http://www.sheas.org/ Shea's Performing Arts Center], Buffalo, New York
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* May 4-15, 2011: [http://www.newspaceentertainment.com/boise/wicked-boise/ Morrison Center], Boise, Idaho
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* May 5-June 12, 2011: [http://www.omahaperformingarts.org/ Omaha Theatre], Omaha, Nebraska
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* May 18-29, 2011: [http://bestofbroadwayspokane.com/1011/wicked.asp INB Performing Arts Center], Spokane, Washington
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* June 15-August 21, 2011: [http://kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showEvent&event=TLTSF Opera House at the Kennedy Center], Washington, DC
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And for the first time, new productions, not based on the Broadway original, have been authorized. So far announced:
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* (No shows currently scheduled.)
  
* [http://www.hkt.fi/ohjelmisto/play.php?name=wick ''Wicked: Uusi Musikaali Lumotusta Maailmasta''], Helsingen Kaupungin Teaterri, Helsinki, Finland, opens August 26, 2010 ([http://www.lippu.fi/PublishedService?pageID=9&itemcode=event_22329 tickets])
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For more information, or to purchase tickets, see the show's website at http://wizardofoztour.com/.
* ''Wicked: Heksene Fra Oz'', [http://www.detnyteater.dk/ Det Ny Teater], Copenhagen, Denmark, January 13-May 8, 2011 ([http://www.billetnet.dk/html/artist.htmI?l=DK&artist=WICKED&brand=dk_detnyteater&camefrom=brand_dnt tickets])
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===High Drama: Against All Oz show, on the Internet===
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'''Now playing: ''High Drama: Against All Oz'', thewb.com.''' The late television network is reborn as an online broadcaster. Besides many old Warner Bros. shows, they also have a reality series, a behind-the-scenes look at a high school's production of ''The Wizard of Oz''. To see the trailer and watch episodes from the first two season, go to [http://www.thewb.com/shows/high-drama/ thewb.com/shows/high-drama].
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===''Ozmafia'' anime series, on the Internet===
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'''Now playing: ''Ozmafia'' anime series, crunchyroll.com.''' In this Japanese anime series (based on the video game of the same name), Scarlet is a new transfer student at Oz Academy. He doesn't get off to a good start, but the teachers seem nice enough. But what strange secrets are hiding at Oz Academy, and why are they at war with the other academies? Episodes (in Japanese, with English subtitles) are available to view online at http://www.crunchyroll.com/ozmafia for free.
  
 
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===The Wizard of Oz exhibit, Ashville, North Carolina===
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'''Now open: ''The Wizard of Oz'' exhibit, The Health Adventure, Asheville, North Carolina.''' The traveling children's museum exhibit has made its way to western North Carolina. Based on the original novel by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow, visitors step into the book and follow the yellow brick road through interactive exhibits. For more information, see The Health Adventures' website at [http://www.thehealthadventure.org/en/content/view/296/207/ thehealthadventure.org].
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===''The Wizard of Oz'' and ''The Wiz'', throughout the United Kingdom===
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'''Now playing: ''The Wizard of Oz'', throughout the United Kingdom.''' Oz is a popular show to perform in the United Kingdom, and there always seems to be a show going on somewhere. For a complete listing of all upcoming productions of ''The Wizard of Oz'' in the United Kingdom, see the listings at [http://www.list.co.uk/events/theatre/what:The%20Wizard%20of%20Oz/sort:date/show:100/ ''The List''], naturally. They also have listings for performances of [http://www.list.co.uk/events/theatre/what:The%20Wiz/sort:date/show:100/ ''The Wiz''].
  
 
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===The Wizard of Oz exhibit, Madame Tusseud's, New York City, New York===
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'''Now open: ''The Wizard of Oz'' exhibit, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, New York City, New York.''' The world's most famous name in wax now has an Oz exhibit at its Times Square location, including a wax replica of Judy Garland as Dorothy. Plus, later this summer, ''The Wizard of Oz'' will become part of their 4-D theater. For more information, see the website at [http://www.madametussauds.com/NewYork/NewsAndEvents/oscars/default.aspx madametussauds.com/NewYork].
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===''Emerald City'' television series, NBC.com===
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'''''Emerald City'' television series, NBC.com''' The latest Oz TV project has gone through its broadcast run on NBC. But the show's website is still up at http://www.nbc.com/emerald-city. You can still watch episodes online at http://www.nbc.com/emerald-city/episodes.
  
 
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===The Wizard of Oz play, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin===
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'''Now through August 1, 2010: ''The Wizard of Oz'' play, Theatre on Main, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.''' To celebrate the seventy-first anniversary of the famous movie version's world premiere in Oconomowoc, the town's community theatre is putting on the stage musical version. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, and $12 for students and seniors. For more information, see the website at [http://www.theatreonmain.org/2010/05/25/this-summers-musical-blockbuster-the-wizard-of-oz-opens-july-16th/ www.theatreonmain.org]
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===''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz'', Internet Streaming and Cablecast===
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'''Now playing: ''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz'' cartoon series, Internet Streaming, Boomerang.''' Boomerang brings you the latest Oz cartoon series, based (very loosely) on the famous 1939 film version. Dorothy is now a princess of Oz and living in the Emerald City with Queen Ozma. But she's still having adventures! The first episode is free on the Boomerang website, but getting the rest means subscribing to Boomerang's streaming service. For more information, see the show's website at https://www.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series. Or, if you have the Boomerang or Cartoon Network cable channels, episodes are now being shown there as well. Other territories around the world, outside the United States, also have the show, so check your local version of the Cartoon Network or Boomerang channels or websites.
  
 
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===Hollywood Costume exhibit, Doylestown, Pennsylvania===
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'''Now through September 5, 2010: "Icons of Costume: Hollywood's Golden Era and Beyond" museum exhibit, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.''' This is an exhibit of Oscar-nominated movie costumes, from the 1940s to the 1990s. As part of the exhibit on Saturdays and Sundays, visitors can appear in scenes from some of their favorute movies, including ''The Wizard of Oz''. (You can even see some of the results on [http://www.youtube.com/michenerartmuseum the museum's YouTube channel].) The screen tests cost extra, beyond museum admission. For information, see [http://www.michenermuseum.org/exhibits/costume.php michenermuseum.org/exhibits/costume.php].
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===''Lost in Oz'' series, Internet streaming===
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'''Now playing: ''Lost in Oz'', Amazon Video streaming.''' This new animated series from Amazon tells the story of Dorothy, a modern-day girl, and her dog Toto, who are whisked to Oz when Dorothy opens one of her mother's old journals. To get home, she must find the elements of magic and help restore magic to Oz. Fortunately she has made friends with Ojo the Munchkin and West, a trainee witch, to help her out. To get started, see Amazon's ''Lost in Oz'' website at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Z89MYTI, which now includes season 1B! More episodes are now in production, so keep an eye out for the announcements of even more of the show.
  
 
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===The Wizard of Oz exhibit, St. Paul, Minnesota===
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'''Now through September 12, 2010: ''The Wizard of Oz'' exhibit, Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul, Minnesota.''' Children (and adults) can learn about science while they travel over the rainbow to Oz. This version is based on the famous movie version. For more information, see [http://www.mcm.org/museum-information/special-and-traveling-exhibits/upcoming/the-wizard-of-oz/ mcm.org].
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===''Chronicles of Oz'' podcast, the Internet===
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'''Now streaming: The ''Chronicles of Oz'' podcast, seasons 1 and 2.''' This audio adaptation of the first two Oz books, each in six episodes, presents ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' and ''The Marvellous Land of Oz''. Produced by Crossover Adventure Productions out of Australia. All episodes, along with trailers and other materials, can be downloaded at http://chroniclesofoz.com/. And coming soon…
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==July 2010==
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===''The Royal Podcast of Oz'', the Internet===
===The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A New Musical reading, New York City, New York===
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'''Now streaming: ''The Royal Podcast of Oz'', podbean.com and other podcasting sites.''' Now running for over a decade, this podcast is devoted to all things Oz, with interviews, reviews, news, and other items of interest to Oz fans of all types. You can listen to or download all editions at https://royalpodcastoz.podbean.com/, or look for it on your favorite podcast site.
'''July 18-21, 2010: ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A New Musical'' Reading, Manhattan Theatre Source, New York City, New York.''' This is a reading of a new musical production, which includes songs by L. Frank Baum and Paul Tietjens from the original 1902 dramatic version of the story. For information about the theater (the show itself isn't up yet), see [http://theatresource.org/now_playing.php theatresource.org].
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===The Winkie Convention, Pacific Grove, California===
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'''July 23-25, 2010: The Winkie Convention, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California.''' Highlights include the auction and sales tables, the costume contest, and the annual Winkie Award. Special presentations will highlight the centennial of ''The Emerald City of Oz''. More information to come, or stay up to date on [http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=108738537155&ref=mf the event's FaceBook page].
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===''Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me'', National Public Radio===
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'''Now streaming: ''Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me'' edition of May 11, 2019, npr.org.''' The popular current events quiz show recorded this episode in St. Louis, and got one of the city's most celebrated residents to play "Not My Job". Former Cardinals shortstop and Hall of Fame inductee Ozzie Smith was nicknamed "The Wizard of Oz" in his playing days, so naturally, he gets to answer questions about ''The Wizard of Oz''! You can listen to the entire episode [https://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/722132214/wait-wait-for-may-11-2019-with-not-my-job-guest-ozzie-smith?showDate=2019-05-11 here], or just Smith's segment [https://www.npr.org/2019/05/11/721853591/not-my-job-we-quiz-baseball-great-ozzie-smith-on-the-wizard-of-oz here].
  
 
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===The Wizard of Oz play, Fall City, Washington===
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'''July 24-August 29, 2010: ''The Wizard of Oz'', Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater, Fall City, Washington.''' See the Royal Shakespeare Company version of the play, based on the famous film version, in an open air forest theater! Performances are Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. A barbecue dinner is available between shows on Saturdays, and after the show on Sundays. For more information and to make reservations (required for the barbecue), call 425-736-7252, e-mail fallstheater@hotmail.com, or visit the theater's website at [http://www.foresttheater.org/ foresttheater.org].
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==November/December 2019==
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===''The Wizard of Oz'', holiday cablecasts===
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'''''The Wizard of Oz'' holiday cablecasts, TBS and TNT.''' The stations' annual holiday season showings of the famous film version are, generally speaking, around Thanksgiving on TBS and Christmas on TNT. The following showings are currently listed:
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* December 17, 2019, TNT, 8:00 pm
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===The Wizard of Oz movie, Memphis, Tennessee===
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'''July 30, 2010: ''The Wizard of Oz'', Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee.''' A rare chance to see the beloved 1939 film version of the story on the big screen. The show starts at 7:15 p.m., and tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for those twelve and under. For details, see [http://www.orpheum-memphis.com/index.cfm?section=comattrac&page=details&showid=721 www.orpheum-memphis.com].
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==January 2020==
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===''Hit the Bricks!'' podcast, the Internet===
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'''January 30, 2020: ''Hit the Bricks!'' podcast, the Internet.''' One hundred years after the events of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'', the Gale farm is abandoned, and a new generation is off to have adventures in Oz. The first episode drops January 30, with further episodes to come every two weeks. For more information, and hear a preview, see the show's website at https://hitthebricks.com/, and its Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/HitTheBricksPod/.
  
 
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===The Wizard of Oz film, Lake Placid, New York===
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==February 2020==
'''August 7, 2010: ''The Wizard of Oz'' movie, Palace Theater, Lake Placid, New York.''' The Adirondack Film Society is sponsoring a screening of the famous 1939 film version of the story. Also on hand will be Bert Lahr's children, John and Jane, and Oz expert and author John Fricke to answer questions. The show starts at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under, and will be sold at the door. For more details, e-mail katcarr@aol.com.
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===''Dorothy and the Prince of Oz'' ballet, Tulsa, Oklahoma===
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'''February 13-16, 2020: ''Dorothy and the Prince of Oz'' ballet, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma.''' Tulsa Ballet is bringing back this original Oz story, told as a ballet. Oz is in danger, and only Dorothy can save the prince and unite his kingdom. With the Scarecrow's help, she may even find love. For more information, or to purchase tickets, see the company's website at https://tulsaballet.org/dorothy-the-prince-of-oz/.
  
 
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==September 2010==
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===Quadling Convention, Tulsa, Oklahoma===
===The Wizard of Oz marionette show, Altamonte Springs, Florida===
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'''February 14-16, 2020: Quadling Convention, Hampton Inn Central Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma.''' The annual QuadCon is a little early this year, as Tulsa Ballet has brought back its production of ''Dorothy and the Prince of Oz''. One of the QuadCon activities will be the Sunday matinée performance. Other convention-only activities will be held Friday evening and on Saturday. The convention will celebrate one hundred years of the book ''Glinda of Oz'' and yes, Glinda herself will make an appearance. For more information, contact host Susan Hall at [mailto:Susan1954hall@icloud.com this address].
'''September 1-October 13, 2010: ''The Wizard of Oz'' musical marionette show, Pinocchio's Marionette Theater, Altamonte Springs, Florida.''' This is a forty-five minute musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum's novel, performed with beautifully sculptured string puppets and original score. Pinocchio's Marionette Theater, Suite 1389, the Altamonte Mall, 451 E Altamonte
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===Chesterton Wizard of Oz Festival, Chesterton, Indiana===
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'''September 17-19, 2010: Chesterton ''Wizard of Oz'' Festival, Chesterton, Indiana.''' One of the earliest ''Wizard of Oz'' festivals, this year Chesterton celebrates its twenty-ninth edition. For more information, see the event's website at [http://www.ozfestivalchesterton.com/ www.ozfestivalchesterton.com].
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==March 2020==
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===Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas===
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'''March 30, 2019: Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas.''' The annual Oz-themed road race, in the home of the Oz Museum, benefits the Wamego High School cross-country team and other running and fitness charities in the area. There is also a carbo-loading spaghetti feed the night before. For more information, and to register, see https://runsignup.com/Race/KS/Wamego/WickedFast and http://wickedmarathon.org/.
  
 
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===Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
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'''October 2-3, 2010: Autumn at Oz Party, Beech Mountain, Banner Elk, North Carolina.''' The Wizard of Oz Park on the mountain may no longer be in regular operation, but it's still there, and Oz and park fans get together once a year for a party. Special guests will be announced soon. Tickets are $20. For more information, check out [http://www.emeraldmtn.com/LandofOz/oz.htm emeraldmtn.com/LandofOz/oz.htm].
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===Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas===
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'''April, 2020 (exact date to be announced): Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas.''' If you're going to have a 26.2-mile run in Kansas, you may as well give it an Oz theme! For more information and to register, see the race's website at http://ozrun.org/.
  
 
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===Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas===
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'''October 2-3, 2010: Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas.''' The town not only has an Oz museum, they're putting on an Oz festival. Munchkins, authors, and other special guests will attend, and there's also admission to the museum. For more details, call the Oz museum at 1-866-458-TOTO, or see the event's website at [http://www.oztoberfest.com/schedule/default.htm oztoberfest.com].
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==May 2020==
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===Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas===
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'''May (exact dates to be announced), 2020: Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas.''' This town in Kansas celebrates ''The Wizard of Oz'' every year. For details, see http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Sedan&Kansas&Yellow+Brick+Road+Festival&City_ID=KS0604019&Event_ID=KS0604019e002&VE=Y or call 620-725-4033.
  
 
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===Judy Garland Remembers Dorothy Gale lecture, Rome, New York===
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'''October 21-22, 2010: "Judy Garland Remembers Dorothy Gale" lecture, Mohawk Valley Community College Rome Campus, Rome, New York.''' Presented by Emmy-award winning Oz and Garland historian John Fricke. Everyone knows Judy as Dorothy. But how did Judy feel about the character, movie, and theme song that became inextricably linked with her life and legend? Fricke tells all! Lectures are at 7:00 p.m. both evenings. Admission is free for MVCC students, $2 for staff, and $5 for the general public. For details, see http://calendar.mvcc.edu/EventList.aspx?eventidn=1112&view=EventDetails&information_id=2391 for October 21, and http://calendar.mvcc.edu/EventList.aspx?eventidn=1113&view=EventDetails&information_id=2393 for October 22.
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===Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana===
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'''may 21-23, 2020: Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana.''' The home of one of the most celebrated ''Wizard of Oz'' festivals is going to do it again, after taking a few years off. Events kick off Friday evening with a gala celebration (information and tickets [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-chesterton-wizard-of-oz-days-gala-tickets-84150385067 here]), with further events all weekend. For more information, see the event's Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/2409107332697500/.
  
 
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==November 2010==
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===The Wizard of Oz, TBS and TNT cablecasts===
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==May/June, 2020==
'''November 2010: ''The Wizard of Oz'', TBS and TNT cablecasts.''' The stations' annual Thanksgiving-season showing of the famous film version. For details, see the dedicated pages for the movie on [http://www.tbs.com/movies/movietitle/0,,12281||,00.html TBS's] and [http://www.tnt.tv/movies/movietitle/?oid=2086&iref=sitesearch TNT's] websites.
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===Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York===
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'''May/June (exact dates to be announced), 2020: Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York.''' L. Frank Baum's home town honors their favorite son with this annual festival (formerly known as OzFest). Events include a children's Oz costume contest; craft and vendor booths; the Munchkin Mile Kids Fun Run; and lots of other contests. For more information, see the festival's website at http://www.oz-stravaganza.com/, or the town's website at http://www.chittenango.org.
  
 
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==December 2010==
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===WiZaRD: The Musical, New York City, New York===
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==June, 2020==
'''December, 2010: ''WiZaRD: The Musical'', Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City, New York.''' This show, set at fictional radio station WZRD, looks at the career and music of Harold Arlen, including his work on ''The Wizard of Oz''. For information about the show — or the current nationwide auditions for a young singer to play Dorothy — see the website at http://wizardthemusical.com/index.php.
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===''Wizard of Oz'' Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota===
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'''June (exact dates to be announced), 2020: ''Wizard of Oz'' Festival, Judy Garland Museum and environs, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.''' Judy Garland's home town celebrates her most famous role in this annual festival, with events all over town spread out over three days. For more information, keep an eye on the museum's website at http://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/.
  
 
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===The Wizard of Oz, TNT cablecasts===
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'''December 2010: ''The Wizard of Oz'', TNT cablecast.''' The station's annual Christmas-season showing of the famous film version. For details, see the dedicated pages for the movie on [http://www.tnt.tv/movies/movietitle/?oid=2086&iref=sitesearch TNT's website].
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===Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan===
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'''June (exact dates to be announced), 2020: Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan.''' This Michigan town holds an annual ''Wizard of Oz'' festival. For details and schedule, see the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MichiganWizardofozfest/.
  
 
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===The Wizard of Oz Musical, Toronto, Ontario, Canada===
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'''December 1-19, 2010: ''The Wizard of Oz'' musical, Civic Light Opera, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.''' This original musical staging of ''The Wizard of Oz'', first presented in 2000, is revived for the holiday season. For information and to get tickets, see the show's website at [http://civiclightoperacompany.com/oz_2010.html civiclightoperacompany.com/oz_2010.html].
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==July 2020==
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===OzCon International, Pomona, California===
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'''July 10-12, 2020: OzCon International, Kellogg West Conference Center and Hotel, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Pomona, California.''' The fifty-sixth annual gathering of Oz fans on the west coast meets once again at Cal Poly Pomona. This year, the convention will be celebrating the widening of the Oz series to different authors after the death of L. Frank Baum with programming focusing on his successors as Royal Historian; thirty-five years of ''Return to Oz''; and the music of Oz. For more information, see the convention website at http://www.ozconinternational.com/.
  
 
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==2011==
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===Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz play, London, England===
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==August 2020==
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===The International Wizard of Oz Club National Convention, East Aurora, New York===
'''Opening March 29, 2011: ''The Wizard of Oz'', The West End, London, England, United Kingdom.''' Now that Danielle Hope has won the role of Dorothy through the television show ''Over the Rainbow'', Andrew Lloyd Webber has to put on his show. It will debut in the West End on March 29. News and information is available on Webber's website, at [http://www.andrewlloydwebber.com/shows/the-wizard-of-oz/ andrewlloydwebber.com/shows/the-wizard-of-oz], and tickets are already on sale.
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'''August 3-6, 2020: The International Wizard of Oz Club National Convention, East Aurora, New York.'''
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===The Wizard of Oz, Costa Mesa, California===
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'''April 7-9, 2011: ''The Wizard of Oz'', Orange County Performing Arts Center, Cost Mesa, California.''' This is a brand new listing with few details, so I'm not sure what this is. The Pacific Symphony is listed, however, so perhaps this is a showing of the movie with a symphony performing the music. For details, keep an eye on [http://www.ocpac.org/home/Events/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1053&NavID=82 www.ocpac.org].
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==September 2020==
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===Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
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'''September (exact dates to be announced), 2020: Autumn at Oz Party, Beech Mountain, Banner Elk, North Carolina.''' The Wizard of Oz Park on the mountain may no longer be in regular operation, but it's still there, and Oz and park fans get together once a year for a party. This year, it's being held over two weekends for the first time. For more information, check out http://www.landofoznc.com/autumnatoz.
  
 
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===Wizard of Oz Month Celebration, the Internet===
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'''May, 2011: ''Wizard of Oz'' Programming, Seasons & Celebrations, Live365.com Internet Radio.''' In honor of L. Frank Baum's birthday on May 15, this online radio station, with different topical programming each month, plays music about Oz, including songs from Oz movies and plays. Also in the mix is Judy Garland reprising her role as Dorothy in the 1950 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz''. To listen, go to [http://www.live365.com/stations/tc_arts_ent live365.com/stations/tc_arts_ent].
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===Midwest Oz Fest 2020===
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'''September (exact dates to be announced) 2020: Midwest Oz Fest 2020, Location To Be Announced.''' The southwest suburbs of Chicago are hosting a big festival, with vendors and food and rides and games and parades and all the rest. It's early still, but to stay on top of the festival's progress, keep an eye on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MidwestWizardOfOzFestival/.
  
 
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===Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas===
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'''May, 2011: Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas.''' Another town in Kansas celebrates ''The Wizard of Oz''. For details, see http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Sedan&Kansas&Yellow+Brick+Road+Festival&City_ID=KS0604019&Event_ID=KS0604019e002&VE=Y
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===''Wizard of Oz'' Festival Ohio, Twinsburg, Ohio===
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'''September (exact dates to be announced), 2020: ''Wizard of Oz'' Festival Ohio, Location to be announced.''' The third year for this event in Ohio. For more information, see the website at https://wizardofozohio.com/, and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wizardofozfestivalohio/.
  
 
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===Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York===
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'''June 2011: Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York.''' L. Frank Baum's home town honors their favorite son with this annual festival (formerly known as Oz Fest). For more information, see the festival's website at [http://oz-stravaganza.com oz-stravaganza.com], or the town's website at [http://www.chittenango.org www.chittenango.org].
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==October 2020==
 +
===Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas===
 +
'''October (exact date to be announced), 2020: Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas.''' The town not only has an Oz museum, they put on an annual Oz festival. Authors and other special guests will attend, and there's also admission to the museum. For more details, call the Oz museum at 1-866-458-TOTO, or see the event's website at http://oztoberfest.com/.
  
 
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===Judy Garland Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota===
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'''June 2011: Judy Garland Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.''' Judy's home town throws its annual party in her honor. For more information, check out the website at [http://www.judygarlandmuseum.com judygarlandmuseum.com].
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===OzFest, Liberal, Kansas===
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'''October (exact date to be announced), 2020: OzFest, Liberal, Kansas.''' The home town of the Dorothy's House attraction hosts its annual tribute to Dorothy and Oz. For more information, see [http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Liberal+Events&TravelTo=KS1019015&VE=Y the city's events page] and [http://visitliberal.com/ the city's website] (and be sure to call 1-800-LIBERAL to confirm event and dates).
  
 
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===The Wizard of Oz broadcast, TCM===
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'''July, 2011: ''The Wizard of Oz'', national cablecast, Turner Classic Movies'''. They always seem to show it around Independence Day. The movie has its own dedicated page at [http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=852&category=overview www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=852&category=overview], so keep an eye on it for updates.
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===The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin===
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'''October (exact date to be announced), 2020: The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.''' This annual 5K and half-marathon run raises money for local charities while the participants dress in Oz costumes as they make their ways to the Emerald City at the end. For more information, or to sign up, go to http://www.theozrun.com/. And if you want to find out a little more, including video of the 2016 run, see http://www.weau.com/content/misc/Oz-Run---Dec-19th-407438355.html.
  
 
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===The International Wizard of Oz Club's National Convention, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
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'''August 5-7, 2011: The International Wizard of Oz Club's National Oz Convention, Banner Elk, North Carolina.''' The Oz Club brings its annual convention to the site of the ''Wizard of Oz'' theme park of the 1970s, where many of the attractions still stand. Alongside its usual activities, former park employees are expected to talk about their time there. Details coming when they're available.
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===The Magic of Oz: It's Illuminating event, Mattydale, New York===
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'''October 3-4, 2020: The Magic of Oz: It's Illuminating event, Mattydale, New York.''' This event celebrates the legacy of Oz creator L. Frank Baum and central New York State's role in Oz. Keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/Lyman-Frank-Baum-Foundation-Incorporated-of-Syracuse-182342648464587/ for further information.
  
 
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==Date Yet To Be Announced==
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===Wizard of Oz Festival, Woodridge, Illinois===
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==December 2021==
'''Annual ''Wizard of Oz'' Festival, Hollywould Boulevard Cinema, Woodridge, Illinois.''' The cinema's annual showing of ''The Wizard of Oz'', which is usually a big event with special guests. Keep an eye on [http://www.atriptothemovies.com/index.php?src=events&srctype=detail&refno=20&category=Film%20Festivals%20and%20Special%20Events www.atriptothemovies.com] for announcements and details.
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===''Wicked'' movie, cinemas worldwide===
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'''December 22, 2021: ''Wicked'' movie, cinemas worldwide.''' The original release date for 2019 didn't pan out, but Universal is trying again by announcing a new release date for the film version of the hit Broadway musical version of the story of the witches of Oz, based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. Keep watching this space for updates, including casting.
  
 
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===The Wizard of Oz On Tour===
 
'''''The Wizard of Oz'' on Tour.''' It's currently on its summer break, but this touring version of ''The Wizard of Oz'' has played many dates and venues throughout the United States and Canada. For details, see [http://wizardofozontour.com/ thewizardofozontour.com].
 
  
 
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Other Oz events can also be found on the Wizard of Oz Calendar of Events page on Facebook.

Contents

Going on now

Wicked play, around the world

Now playing: Wicked. This is the award-winning musical based on Gregory Maguire's novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. The book is by Winnie Holzman, the music by Stephen Schwartz, and the show is directed by Joe Mantello. It has done so well, it has spawned the following productions:


The Wizard of Oz tour

The Wizard of Oz tour. This touring production of the musical, based on The Movie, has wrapped up its tour of China and the Middle East China and the Middle East. The following stops have been announced:

  • (No shows currently scheduled.)

For more information, or to purchase tickets, see the show's website at http://wizardofoztour.com/.


Ozmafia anime series, on the Internet

Now playing: Ozmafia anime series, crunchyroll.com. In this Japanese anime series (based on the video game of the same name), Scarlet is a new transfer student at Oz Academy. He doesn't get off to a good start, but the teachers seem nice enough. But what strange secrets are hiding at Oz Academy, and why are they at war with the other academies? Episodes (in Japanese, with English subtitles) are available to view online at http://www.crunchyroll.com/ozmafia for free.


The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz, throughout the United Kingdom

Now playing: The Wizard of Oz, throughout the United Kingdom. Oz is a popular show to perform in the United Kingdom, and there always seems to be a show going on somewhere. For a complete listing of all upcoming productions of The Wizard of Oz in the United Kingdom, see the listings at The List, naturally. They also have listings for performances of The Wiz.


Emerald City television series, NBC.com

Emerald City television series, NBC.com The latest Oz TV project has gone through its broadcast run on NBC. But the show's website is still up at http://www.nbc.com/emerald-city. You can still watch episodes online at http://www.nbc.com/emerald-city/episodes.


Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Internet Streaming and Cablecast

Now playing: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz cartoon series, Internet Streaming, Boomerang. Boomerang brings you the latest Oz cartoon series, based (very loosely) on the famous 1939 film version. Dorothy is now a princess of Oz and living in the Emerald City with Queen Ozma. But she's still having adventures! The first episode is free on the Boomerang website, but getting the rest means subscribing to Boomerang's streaming service. For more information, see the show's website at https://www.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series. Or, if you have the Boomerang or Cartoon Network cable channels, episodes are now being shown there as well. Other territories around the world, outside the United States, also have the show, so check your local version of the Cartoon Network or Boomerang channels or websites.


Lost in Oz series, Internet streaming

Now playing: Lost in Oz, Amazon Video streaming. This new animated series from Amazon tells the story of Dorothy, a modern-day girl, and her dog Toto, who are whisked to Oz when Dorothy opens one of her mother's old journals. To get home, she must find the elements of magic and help restore magic to Oz. Fortunately she has made friends with Ojo the Munchkin and West, a trainee witch, to help her out. To get started, see Amazon's Lost in Oz website at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Z89MYTI, which now includes season 1B! More episodes are now in production, so keep an eye out for the announcements of even more of the show.


Chronicles of Oz podcast, the Internet

Now streaming: The Chronicles of Oz podcast, seasons 1 and 2. This audio adaptation of the first two Oz books, each in six episodes, presents The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Marvellous Land of Oz. Produced by Crossover Adventure Productions out of Australia. All episodes, along with trailers and other materials, can be downloaded at http://chroniclesofoz.com/. And coming soon…


The Royal Podcast of Oz, the Internet

Now streaming: The Royal Podcast of Oz, podbean.com and other podcasting sites. Now running for over a decade, this podcast is devoted to all things Oz, with interviews, reviews, news, and other items of interest to Oz fans of all types. You can listen to or download all editions at https://royalpodcastoz.podbean.com/, or look for it on your favorite podcast site.


Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me, National Public Radio

Now streaming: Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me edition of May 11, 2019, npr.org. The popular current events quiz show recorded this episode in St. Louis, and got one of the city's most celebrated residents to play "Not My Job". Former Cardinals shortstop and Hall of Fame inductee Ozzie Smith was nicknamed "The Wizard of Oz" in his playing days, so naturally, he gets to answer questions about The Wizard of Oz! You can listen to the entire episode here, or just Smith's segment here.


November/December 2019

The Wizard of Oz, holiday cablecasts

The Wizard of Oz holiday cablecasts, TBS and TNT. The stations' annual holiday season showings of the famous film version are, generally speaking, around Thanksgiving on TBS and Christmas on TNT. The following showings are currently listed:

  • December 17, 2019, TNT, 8:00 pm

See your local listings for channel and times in your area. Keep checking back for details throughout the season.


January 2020

Hit the Bricks! podcast, the Internet

January 30, 2020: Hit the Bricks! podcast, the Internet. One hundred years after the events of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Gale farm is abandoned, and a new generation is off to have adventures in Oz. The first episode drops January 30, with further episodes to come every two weeks. For more information, and hear a preview, see the show's website at https://hitthebricks.com/, and its Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/HitTheBricksPod/.


February 2020

Dorothy and the Prince of Oz ballet, Tulsa, Oklahoma

February 13-16, 2020: Dorothy and the Prince of Oz ballet, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa Ballet is bringing back this original Oz story, told as a ballet. Oz is in danger, and only Dorothy can save the prince and unite his kingdom. With the Scarecrow's help, she may even find love. For more information, or to purchase tickets, see the company's website at https://tulsaballet.org/dorothy-the-prince-of-oz/.


Quadling Convention, Tulsa, Oklahoma

February 14-16, 2020: Quadling Convention, Hampton Inn Central Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma. The annual QuadCon is a little early this year, as Tulsa Ballet has brought back its production of Dorothy and the Prince of Oz. One of the QuadCon activities will be the Sunday matinée performance. Other convention-only activities will be held Friday evening and on Saturday. The convention will celebrate one hundred years of the book Glinda of Oz and yes, Glinda herself will make an appearance. For more information, contact host Susan Hall at this address.


March 2020

Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas

March 30, 2019: Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas. The annual Oz-themed road race, in the home of the Oz Museum, benefits the Wamego High School cross-country team and other running and fitness charities in the area. There is also a carbo-loading spaghetti feed the night before. For more information, and to register, see https://runsignup.com/Race/KS/Wamego/WickedFast and http://wickedmarathon.org/.


April 2020

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas

April, 2020 (exact date to be announced): Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas. If you're going to have a 26.2-mile run in Kansas, you may as well give it an Oz theme! For more information and to register, see the race's website at http://ozrun.org/.


May 2020

Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas

May (exact dates to be announced), 2020: Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas. This town in Kansas celebrates The Wizard of Oz every year. For details, see http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Sedan&Kansas&Yellow+Brick+Road+Festival&City_ID=KS0604019&Event_ID=KS0604019e002&VE=Y or call 620-725-4033.


Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana

may 21-23, 2020: Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana. The home of one of the most celebrated Wizard of Oz festivals is going to do it again, after taking a few years off. Events kick off Friday evening with a gala celebration (information and tickets here), with further events all weekend. For more information, see the event's Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/2409107332697500/.


May/June, 2020

Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York

May/June (exact dates to be announced), 2020: Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York. L. Frank Baum's home town honors their favorite son with this annual festival (formerly known as OzFest). Events include a children's Oz costume contest; craft and vendor booths; the Munchkin Mile Kids Fun Run; and lots of other contests. For more information, see the festival's website at http://www.oz-stravaganza.com/, or the town's website at http://www.chittenango.org.


June, 2020

Wizard of Oz Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota

June (exact dates to be announced), 2020: Wizard of Oz Festival, Judy Garland Museum and environs, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Judy Garland's home town celebrates her most famous role in this annual festival, with events all over town spread out over three days. For more information, keep an eye on the museum's website at http://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/.


Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan

June (exact dates to be announced), 2020: Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan. This Michigan town holds an annual Wizard of Oz festival. For details and schedule, see the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MichiganWizardofozfest/.


July 2020

OzCon International, Pomona, California

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July 10-12, 2020: OzCon International, Kellogg West Conference Center and Hotel, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Pomona, California. The fifty-sixth annual gathering of Oz fans on the west coast meets once again at Cal Poly Pomona. This year, the convention will be celebrating the widening of the Oz series to different authors after the death of L. Frank Baum with programming focusing on his successors as Royal Historian; thirty-five years of Return to Oz; and the music of Oz. For more information, see the convention website at http://www.ozconinternational.com/.


August 2020

The International Wizard of Oz Club National Convention, East Aurora, New York

August 3-6, 2020: The International Wizard of Oz Club National Convention, East Aurora, New York.

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September 2020

Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina

September (exact dates to be announced), 2020: Autumn at Oz Party, Beech Mountain, Banner Elk, North Carolina. The Wizard of Oz Park on the mountain may no longer be in regular operation, but it's still there, and Oz and park fans get together once a year for a party. This year, it's being held over two weekends for the first time. For more information, check out http://www.landofoznc.com/autumnatoz.


Midwest Oz Fest 2020

September (exact dates to be announced) 2020: Midwest Oz Fest 2020, Location To Be Announced. The southwest suburbs of Chicago are hosting a big festival, with vendors and food and rides and games and parades and all the rest. It's early still, but to stay on top of the festival's progress, keep an eye on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MidwestWizardOfOzFestival/.


Wizard of Oz Festival Ohio, Twinsburg, Ohio

September (exact dates to be announced), 2020: Wizard of Oz Festival Ohio, Location to be announced. The third year for this event in Ohio. For more information, see the website at https://wizardofozohio.com/, and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wizardofozfestivalohio/.


October 2020

Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas

October (exact date to be announced), 2020: Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas. The town not only has an Oz museum, they put on an annual Oz festival. Authors and other special guests will attend, and there's also admission to the museum. For more details, call the Oz museum at 1-866-458-TOTO, or see the event's website at http://oztoberfest.com/.


OzFest, Liberal, Kansas

October (exact date to be announced), 2020: OzFest, Liberal, Kansas. The home town of the Dorothy's House attraction hosts its annual tribute to Dorothy and Oz. For more information, see the city's events page and the city's website (and be sure to call 1-800-LIBERAL to confirm event and dates).


The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

October (exact date to be announced), 2020: The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. This annual 5K and half-marathon run raises money for local charities while the participants dress in Oz costumes as they make their ways to the Emerald City at the end. For more information, or to sign up, go to http://www.theozrun.com/. And if you want to find out a little more, including video of the 2016 run, see http://www.weau.com/content/misc/Oz-Run---Dec-19th-407438355.html.


The Magic of Oz: It's Illuminating event, Mattydale, New York

October 3-4, 2020: The Magic of Oz: It's Illuminating event, Mattydale, New York. This event celebrates the legacy of Oz creator L. Frank Baum and central New York State's role in Oz. Keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/Lyman-Frank-Baum-Foundation-Incorporated-of-Syracuse-182342648464587/ for further information.


December 2021

Wicked movie, cinemas worldwide

December 22, 2021: Wicked movie, cinemas worldwide. The original release date for 2019 didn't pan out, but Universal is trying again by announcing a new release date for the film version of the hit Broadway musical version of the story of the witches of Oz, based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. Keep watching this space for updates, including casting.