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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/.
  
* July 14-August 8, 2010: [http://www.marcuscenter.org/Wicked.html Marcus Center for the Performing Arts], Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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*''Wicked'' is also touring the United States and Canada. For more information and updates about the tour, see https://wickedthemusical.com/tickets/#tour. Here's the current schedule (locations and dates are subject to change):
* July 28-August 29, 2010: [http://www.capa.com/presentations/current-season-presentations/wicked Ohio Theatre], Columbus, Ohio
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** December 8, 2022-January 22, 2023: [https://www.kennedy-center.org/whats-on/explore-by-genre/theater/2022-2023/wicked/ The Kennedy Center], Washington, DC
* 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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** January 25-February 12, 2023: [https://orlando.broadway.com/ Dr. Phillips Center], Orlando, Florida
* September 22-October 10, 2010: [http://www.overturecenter.com/production/wicked Overture Center], Madison, Wisconsin
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** February 15-March 5, 2023: [https://www.arshtcenter.org/Tickets/Subscriptions/Broadway/Broadway-in-Miami-2021-2022/ Adrienne Arsht Center], Miami, Florida
* 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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** March 8-26, 2023: [https://www.strazcenter.org/Events/Straz/Shows/2223_BroadwayEncore/WICKED The Straz Center], Tampa, Florida
* October 20-November 28, 2010: [http://www.mirvish.com/homepagefeature/cominginoctober Canon Theatre], Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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** March 29-April 9, 2023: [https://www.kravis.org/events/wicked/ Kravis Center], West Palm Beach, Florida
* November 3-14, 2010: [http://www.littlerock.com/calendar/default.asp?month=11 Robinson Center], Little Rock, Arkansas
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** April 12-May 7, 2023: [https://www.fabulousfox.com/events/detail/wicked The Fabulous Fox Theatre], St. Louis, Missouri
* 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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** May 10-28, 2023: [https://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/wicked Cobb Great Hall, Warton Center], East Lansing, Michigan
* December 1-12, 2010: [http://www.millerauditorium.com/ Miller Auditorium], Kalamazoo, Michigan
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** May 31-July 2, 2023: [https://houston.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ The Hobby Center], Houston, Texas
* 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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** July 5-30, 2023: [https://atlanta.broadway.com/shows/wicked-2/ Fox Theatre], Atlanta, Georgia
* December 15, 2010-January 1, 2011: [http://www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/cities/indianapolis.html Murat Center], Indianapolis, Indiana
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** August 2-20, 2023: [https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/23-broadway-10 Peace Center], Greenville, South Carolina
* 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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* [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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===''Ozmafia'' anime series, on the Internet===
* ''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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'''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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===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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===''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, 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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===''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 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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===''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://watch.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series/volume-1. 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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===Voices of the Valley Chautauqua Festival, Pueblo, Colorado===
 
'''Now through August 1, 2010: Voices of the Valley Chautauqua Festival, throughout Pueblo. Colorado.''' A celebration of the arts and humanities, this year's festival honors several authors, including L. Frank Baum. Oz-related events include:
 
  
* ''His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz'', Baum's 1914 movie, on Thursday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rawlings Library InfoZone Theater.
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===''Lost in Oz'' series, Internet streaming===
* A visit with L. Frank Baum (portrayed by David Skipper), 3:00 p.m., in a tent on the west side of the CSU-Pueblo campus.
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'''Now playing: ''Lost in Oz'', Amazon Video streaming.''' This 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! And in November of 2022, this short was dropped with news of what's to come:
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All Chautauqua events are free. For more information, see the festival's website at http://www.coloradohumanities.org/content/voices-valley-chautauqua-festival.
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===''Chronicles of Oz'' podcast, the Internet===
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'''Now streaming: The ''Chronicles of Oz'' podcast, seasons 1, 2, and 3.''' This audio adaptation of the first three Oz books, each in six episodes, presents ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'', ''The Marvellous Land of Oz'', and ''Ozma 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 now available…
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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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===''The Royal Podcast of Oz'', the Internet===
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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://anchor.fm/the-royal-podcast-of-oz/, or look for it on your favorite podcast site.
  
 
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===The Wizard of Oz play, Fall City, Washington===
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===''Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me'', National Public Radio===
'''Now through 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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'''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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===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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===''Hit the Bricks!'' podcast, the Internet===
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'''Now playing: ''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 act has now dropped, with further episodes to come. For more information, 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 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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===''The Smallwood Sessions'' podcast, "The Podcast of Oz", the Internet===
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'''Now playing: "The Podcast of Oz" episode of ''The Smallwood Sessions'' podcast.''' To celebrate what would have been the 2020 edition of Chittenango's Oz-Stravaganza, this podcast about upstate New York celebrates Oz and creator L. Frank Baum's connections to the area. To listen, go to https://anchor.fm/josh-taylor87/episodes/Episode-22-The-Podcast-of-Oz-ef05f4.
  
 
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===The Wizard of Oz film, Lake Placid, New York===
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===''Down the Yellow Brick Pod'' podcast, the Internet===
'''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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'''Now playing: ''Down the Yellow Brick Pod'' podcast.''' This podcast takes a deep dive into the Oz books, one chapter at a time, and looks at all that they encompass. Available on many podcast sources, including Google Podcasts, and through [https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS8xMTcyMTM4LnJzcw?hl=en this link].
  
 
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===The Sing-a-long Wizard of Oz movie, Ann Arbor, Michigan===
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'''August 15 and 17, 2010: ''The Sing-a-long Wizard of Oz'', The Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, Michigan.''' Not only can you watch the classic 1939 movie version of the story, you can sing along with it, too, with on-screen lyrics. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students, senior, and veterans, and $8 for Michigan Theater members. Shows are at 1:30 p.m. on August 15 and 7:00 p.m. on August 17. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, see http://www.michtheater.org/schedule_descriptions.php#wizard.
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===''The Wonderful Recap of Oz'' podcast, the Internet===
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'''Now playing: ''The Wonderful Recap of Oz'' podcast.''' This podcast recaps the Oz books, one per episode. Available Available on many podcast sources, including Google Podcasts, and through [https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80ZjgyMWIyYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== this link].
  
 
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===''No Place Like Home'' podcast, the Internet===
===The Wizard of Oz marionette show, Altamonte Springs, Florida===
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'''Now playing: ''No Place Like Home'' podcast.''' This podcast looks at the Ruby Slippers, how they were stolen in 2005 and found again in 2018, and all the background behind them, the production of The Movie, the life of Judy Garland, and more. Available on most podcasting sites. For more information, the show's website is at https://shows.cadence13.com/podcast/noplacelikehome.
'''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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===''The Lost Princess of Oz'' podcast, the Internet===
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'''Now playing: ''The Lost Princess of Oz'' podcast.''' A new, original Oz story for kids (of all ages), told in six parts, with songs, and presented by the Delaware Children's Theatre. Although based on Baum's writings, this is not the same story as his novel ''The Lost Princess of Oz''. For more information, or to subscribe, see the show's website at https://www.thelostprincessofozpodcast.com/.
  
 
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===Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
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===''The Wizard of Oz: A Homegrown American Fairy Tale'' radio broadcast, BBC World Service===
'''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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'''Now playing: ''The Wizard of Oz: A Homegrown American Fairy Tale'' radio documentary, BBC World Service and online streaming.''' This program looks at the origins and mythology of ''The Wizard of Oz'' and how it came about. It is currently available to listen or download online, anywhere in the world. Check the program's website at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct1rl9 to listen to it online, or to download it.
  
 
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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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===To Oz? To Oz! online convention, the Internet===
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'''To Oz? To Oz! online convention.''' With so many Oz events having to be cancelled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a bunch of them got together to present some of their events to a worldwide, online audience for free. The live portions of the convention have now ended, but if you go to https://ozis.us/, you can see many prerecorded talks and events.
  
 
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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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===The OzConnection, YouTube===
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'''The OzConnection, YouTube.''' OzCon International, the world's longest running ''Wizard of Oz'' convention, now has a YouTube channel at "The OzConnection", which features highlights of earlier cons and new material. The link is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQU5pEFZZ6n_vXvRalgclSg.
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The OzConnection has recently started two shows specifically for their channel. The first is a talk show called "OZ:Connect", which you can find in a playlist at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-NAe0FKDXk&list=PLVNfENfXbx111GmnLLJFklUVGxPl1zUC-. The other new show is "Crypto-Oz-ology", short stories about all kinds of unusual happenings in Oz, which is in a playlist at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCoSH97u4ts&list=PLVNfENfXbx11g0DhXikoqyP0dslwHeC1h.  
  
 
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==November 2010==
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===The Wizard of Oz, TBS and TNT cablecasts===
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===Oz Talk, YouTube===
'''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 Talk'' panel talk show, YouTube.''' Join five Oz friends as they discuss any and all Oz subjects under the sun. New episodes will drop every two weeks on [https://www.youtube.com/c/TheOfficialOzClub/videos the Official Oz Club's YouTube Channel]. You can find the playlist for ''Oz Talk'' at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNINbbefPS4&list=PL3OVMLWgINCRfgeWZR8GPJOp11rR73Ssc.
  
 
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===The Wizard of Oz touring show, throughout the United States and Canada===
 
'''Starts November 23, 2010: ''The Wizard of Oz'' on Tour.''' This is a North America-wide tour of ''The Wizard of Oz'' on stage, based on the famous movie version. Currently scheduled stops on the tour include:
 
  
* November 23-24, 2010: [http://eriebroadwayseries.com/ Warner Theatre], Erie, Pennsylvania
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===''Fifty Years of Oziana'' Readings, Youtube===
* November 26-28, 2010: [http://www.fabulousfox.com/ Fox Theatre], St. Louis, Missouri
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'''''Fifty Years of Oziana'' short story readings, YouTube.''' To celebrate fifty years of ''Oziana'', the International Wizard of Oz Club's annual literary magazine, Club members read stories from the last five decades. Many authors have even revisited their own stories. You can see the playlist of all stories [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm6WXDLg9U8&list=PL3OVMLWgINCQ2a_CDuBggCt7kCYVaS4yD right here].
* November 29, 2010: [http://www.nwmissouri.edu/campusactivities/encoreseason.htm Mary Linn Performing Arts Center], Maryville, Missouri
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* December 1, 2010: [http://www.pueblo.us/cgi-bin/gt/tpl_page.html,template=1&content=863&nav1=1& Memorial Hall], Pueblo, Colorado
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* December 2, 2010: [http://www.casperwy.gov/Play/ArtsEntertainment/CasperEventsCenter/tabid/791/Default.aspx Casper Events Center], Casper, Wyoming
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* December 8, 2010: [http://www.albertabairtheater.org/ Alberta Bair Theater], Billings, Montana
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* December 14-16, 2010: [http://www.conexusartscentre.ca/ Conexus Arts Centre], Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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* December 17-18, 2010: [http://www.tcuplace.com/ TCU Place], Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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* December 22, 2010: [http://www.dawsoncreekeventscentre.com/ EnCana Events Centre], Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada
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* December 23-26, 2010: [http://www.jubileeauditorium.com/Northern/Home.aspx Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium], Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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* December 27, 2010-January 2, 2011: [http://www.jubileeauditorium.com/Southern/Home.aspx Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium], Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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* January 3, 2011: Memorial Arena, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
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* January 4, 2011: [http://www.abbotsfordcentre.ca/ Abbotsford Centre], Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
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* January 6-7, 2011: [http://www.mountbakertheatre.com/ Mt. Baker Theatre], Bellingham, Washington
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* January 8, 2011: [http://www.washingtoncenter.org/ Washington Center for the Performing Arts], Olympia, Washington
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* January 9, 2011: [http://www.yourtoyotacenter.com/ Toyota Center], Kennewick, Washington
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* January 11, 2011: [http://www.bismarckciviccenter.com/ Bismarck Civic Center], Bismarck, North Dakota
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* January 12, 2011: [http://www.fargodome.com/ Fargodome], Fargo, North Dakota
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* January 15, 2011: [http://www.tbca.com/ Thunder Bay Community Auditorium], Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
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* January 18-23, 2011: [http://www.bushnell.org/ The Bushnell], Hartford, Connecticut
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* January 25-26, 2011: [http://www.imperialtheatre.nb.ca/ Imperial Theatre], St. John's, New Brunswick, Canada
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* January 30, 2011: [http://www.proctors.org/ Proctors], Schenectady, New York
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* February 2, 2011: [http://www.pensacolasaenger.com/ Pensacola Saenger Theatre], Pensacola, Florida
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* February 3-6, 2011: [http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre], Atlanta, Georgia
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* February 11-12, 2011: [http://www.gotmine.com/ Rushmore Plaza Civic Center], Rapid City, South Dakota
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* February 15-20, 2011: [http://broadwaysd.com/thewizardofoz.php Civic Theatre], San Diego, California
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* February 25, 2011: [http://www.cheyenneciviccenter.org/home.html Cheyenne Civic Center Performing Arts Theatre], Cheyenne, Wyoming
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* February 26, 2011: [http://www.greeleygov.com/UCCC/Events.aspx Union Colony Civic Center], Greeley, Colorado
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* February 28, 2011: [http://www.orpheumlive.com/index.php The Orpheum], Sioux City, Iowa
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* March 1, 2011: [http://www.niacc.edu/calevents/2010-11/wizardofoz.html North Iowa Area Community College Auditorium], Mason City, Iowa
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* March 2, 2011: [http://www.coronadopac.org/ Coronado Performing Arts Center], Rockford, Illinois
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* March 3, 2011: [http://www.geneseetheatre.com/ Genesee Theatre], Waukegan, Illinois
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* March 4, 2011: [http://www.springfieldartscouncil.org/2010-11_bway_season.htm Kuss Auditorium], Springfield, Ohio
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* March 5, 2011: [http://www.macombcenter.com/Events/2011-03-05+Wizard+of+Oz.htm Macomb Center], Clinton Township, Michigan
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* March 6, 2011: [http://www.tusc.kent.edu/pac/index.cfm Kent Auditorium], New Philadelphia, Ohio
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* March 8, 2011: [http://www.capitoltheatrewheeling.com/ The Capitol Theatre], Wheeling, West Virginia
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* March 9, 2011: [http://www.johnpauljonesarena.com/ John Paul Jones Arena], Charlottesville, Virginia
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* March 10, 2011: [https://www.paramountartscenter.com/index2.html Paramount Arts Center], Ashland, Kentucky
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* March 11-12, 2011: [http://www.thecarsoncenter.org/ The Carson Center], Paducah, Kentucky
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* March 14, 2011: [http://www.clemson.edu/Brooks/ Brooks Center for the Performing Arts], Clemson, South Carolina
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* March 15-16, 2011: [http://www.thegrandmacon.com/events/home.php Grand Opera House], Macon, Georgia
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* March 17, 2011: [http://www.thelakelandcenter.com/ Youkey Theater, The Lakeland Center], Lakeland, Florida
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* March 18, 2011: [http://www.mahaffeytheater.com/ Mahaffey Theater], St. Petersburg, Florida
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* March 22, 2011: [http://www.roanokeciviccenter.com/ Roanoke Civic Center], Roanoke, Virginia
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* March 23, 2011: Salisbury, Maryland
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* March 24, 2011: [http://www.sovereigncenter.com/ Sovereign Center], Reading, Pennsylvania
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* March 25-26, 2011: [http://www.landmarktheater.net/ Landmark Theater], Richmond, Virginia
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* March 27, 2011: [http://fergusoncenter.cnu.edu/ Ferguson Center for the Arts], Newport News, Virginia
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* March 28-29, 2011: [http://www.gardearts.org/ Garde Arts Center], New London, Connecticut
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* March 30, 2011: [http://www.flynncenter.org/ Flynn Center], Burlington, Vermont
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* April 1-2, 2011: [http://www.myrosetheatre.ca/ Rose Theatre], Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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Other dates are sure to be added later. For more information about the show, see the website at http://wizardofozontour.com/.
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===''American Experience: American Oz'' documentary, pbs.org===
===WiZaRD: The Musical, New York City, New York===
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'''''American Experience: American Oz'' documentary, pbs.org.''' The recent PBS documentary, ''American Oz'', about the life of L. Frank Baum and the creation of Oz (part of the ''American Experience'' series) is now available for viewing online, and streaming on the PBS app. To watch, go to https://www.pbs.org/video/american-oz-cvqd3p/. If you're not sure yet, here's the trailer:
'''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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===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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===''Wicked in Concert'', pbs.org===
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'''''Wicked in Concert'', pbs.org''' This special highlights the music of the Broadway musical ''Wicked''. Hosts Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth introduce performances by artists including Amber Riley, Rita Moreno, Gabrielle Ruiz, Ariana DeBose, Cynthia Erivo, Isaac Powell, Alex Newell, Jennifer Nettles, and the American Pops Orchestra. To watch online, see https://www.pbs.org/show/wicked-concert/, or the PBS app.
  
 
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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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===''Rainbow'' movie, Netflix===
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'''Now playing: ''Rainbow'', on Netflix worldwide.''' The first streaming service premieres this new movie, from director Paco León, that uses themes and imagery from ''The Wizard of Oz'' to explore the coming of age of Dora, a young Spanish woman who finds that everything she thought she knew about her life may be wrong. Available in an English dub, or with English subtitles.
  
 
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==2011==
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===Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz play, London, England===
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===''If I Only Had Christmas'' television movie, The Hallmark Channel===
[[File:Oz_in_London.jpg|center]]
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'''''If I Only Had Christmas'' television movie, The Hallmark Channel.''' A Hallmark Christmas romance movie, first shown in 2020 and based (loosely) on ''The Wizard of Oz''! Candace Cameron Bure stars as Darcy Gale, a publicist who teams up with Huck, a cynical business owner played by Neil Webb, to help out a charity in need. Hallmark Channel isn't waiting until the Christmas season, they're showing it ''now''! Here are the current listings:
'''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'' (and the runner-up, Sophia Lewis, will be her understudy), 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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* December 17, 2022, 6:00 am
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* December 27, 2022, 6:00 pm
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Always check local listings for exact time and channel on your television provider. For more details and a sneak peek behind the scenes, take a look at [https://www.etonline.com/candace-cameron-bure-stars-in-hallmark-channels-if-i-only-had-christmas-first-look-exclusive-154864 the news report on the ''Entertainment Tonight'' website]. And [https://celebratingthesoaps.com/hallmark/hallmark-channel-news-wizard-of-oz-reimagined-candace-cameron-bure-in-if-i-only-had-christmas/ here's another report with another preview]. Finally, [https://www.hallmarkchannel.com/if-i-only-had-christmas here's the movie's page on the channel's website].
  
 
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===The Wizard of Oz, Costa Mesa, California===
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===''The Wiz'', Seattle, Washington===
'''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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'''Now through December 23, 2022: ''The Wiz'', The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, Washington.''' The 5th Avenue presents a new, original staging of the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz''. For more information, check out the show's website at https://www.5thavenue.org/shows/2022-23/the-wiz/.
  
 
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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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===''The Witches of Oz'' interactive theatrical experience, London, England, Great Britain===
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'''Now through January 15, 2023: ''The Witches of Oz'' interactive theatrical experience, The Vaults, London, England, Great Britain.''' When Dorothy gets drag-ged back to Oz, she finds all is not quite as it was when she left, and now witches are vying for power. For more information and tickets, see the show's website at https://www.thevaults.london/the-witches-of-oz. You can read more about the show at https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/THE-WITCHES-OF-OZ-Opens-at-The-Vaults-Theatre-20220921.
  
 
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==November/December 2022==
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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. Keep watching as the holidays get closer. Currently scheduled airings:
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* December 6: 8:00 pm and 10:15 pm EST, TNT
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==December 2022==
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===''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus'' cablecast===
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'''''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus'' holiday special, AMC cablecast.''' This 1985 presentation, the last holiday special produced by Rankin-Bass (better known for ''Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer''), is based on the book of the same name by Oz creator L. Frank Baum. It is now being shown on AMC. Here are the currently scheduled airings:
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* December 6, 1:45 am
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===''Claus: The Musical'', Salford, United Kingdom===
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'''December 14, 2022-January 8, 2023: ''Claus: The Musical'', Lowry Theatre, Salford, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom.''' This is the world premiere production of this musical adaptation of the L. Frank Baum book ''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus''. Tickets are available now. For more information, see the show's website at https://thelowry.com/whats-on/claus-the-musical/. And there's now an article, with a sample of one of the songs, at https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/claus-musical-world-premiere-cast-sing_57622.html.
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==March 2023==
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===Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas===
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'''March (exact date to be announced, we hope), 2023: 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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===''The Wiz'', Lancaster, Pennsylvania===
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'''March 2-26, 2023: ''The Wiz'', Fulton Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.''' The Tony-winning musical is revived in southeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, including ordering tickets, see the show's website at https://thefulton.org/shows/the-wiz/.
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==April 2023==
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===Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas===
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'''April 22, 2023: 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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==May 2023==
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===Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana===
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'''May (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana.''' One of the most celebrated ''Wizard of Oz'' festivals is back! For more information, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays/.
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===Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas===
 
===Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas===
'''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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'''May (exact dates to be announced), 2023: 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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===The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin===
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'''May (most likely, exact date to be announced), 2023: 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 https://www.raceentry.com/oz-run/race-information. 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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==June 2023==
 
===Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York===
 
===Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York===
'''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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'''June (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York.''' This village in upstate New York honors its native son, L. Frank Baum, with an annual festival honoring his creation, the Land of Oz. For more information, see the event's website at http://www.oz-stravaganza.com/.
  
 
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===Judy Garland Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota===
 
===Judy Garland Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota===
'''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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'''June (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Judy Garland Festival, Judy Garland Museum and environs, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.''' Judy Garland's home town celebrates her in this annual festival, with events all over town spread out over several days. For more information, keep an eye on the event's website at https://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/.
  
 
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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 Wizard of Oz'' stage show, Lancaster, Pennsylvania===
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'''June 24-July 15, 2023: ''The Wizard of Oz'' stage show, Fulton Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.''' The stage version of the famous movie version becomes a Saturday matinée summer event in southeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, including buying tickets, see the show's website at https://thefulton.org/shows/the-wizard-of-oz/.
  
 
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===The Winkie Convention, Pacific Grove, California===
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'''July 8-10, 2011: 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 Sea Fairies''. More information to come.
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==July 2023==
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===OzCon International, Pomona, California===
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'''July 28-30, 2023: OzCon International, Kellogg West Conference Center and Hotel, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Pomona, California.''' The world's longest continuously running ''Wizard of Oz'' convention is back for its first live, weekend-long edition in four years. The theme will be animation and Oz. For updates and further details, check out http://www.ozconinternational.com/. If you want to see any of the videos presented at the 2020 and 2021 online versions of the convention, you can now watch many of them through the OzConnection YouTube channel, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQU5pEFZZ6n_vXvRalgclSg/featured.
  
 
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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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==August 2023==
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===''Wicked'', Sydney, New South Wales, Australia===
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'''Opening August, 2023: ''Wicked'', Lyric Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.''' It's back! The award-winning musical about the witches of Oz is coming back to Australia. For more information, and to get on the waitlist, go to https://wickedthemusical.com.au/.
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==September 2023==
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===Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
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'''September (exact dates to be announced), 2023: 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. For more information, including when tickets go on sale, check out https://www.landofoznc.com/autumnatoz.
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===Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan===
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'''September (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Michigan 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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==October 2023==
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===Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas===
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'''October (exact date to be announced), 2023: 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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'''October (exact date to be announced), 2023: OzFest, Liberal, Kansas.''' The home town of the Dorothy's House attraction hosts its annual tribute to Dorothy and Oz. For more information, see [https://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Ozfest&TravelTo=KS1019015&VE=Y&Event_ID=KS1019015e002 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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'''October (dates to be announced), 2023: ''Wizard of Oz'' Festival Ohio, Aurora, 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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'''October (exact date to be announced), 2023: Wizard of Oz Days, Hannibal, Missouri.''' For complete details, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays.
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'''February 2, 2024: ''Toto'' movie premiere, theaters throughout North America (and possibly other parts of the world).''' The new animated movie, based on the book ''Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz'' by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Chichester Clark, tells the story of ''The Wizard of Oz'' from Toto's perspective. Keep watching here for casting and other news.
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'''December (exact date to be announced), 2024: ''Wicked'' movie, Part 1, cinemas worldwide.''' The musical adaptation of Gregory Maguire's novel about the witches of Oz is proving to be too much story for just one movie, so it's been split into two! The first half is coming out for the 2024 holiday season. Keep an eye out for further announcements, including further casting (aside from Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, Ariana Grande as Galinda, and Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero) and an exact date.
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'''December (exact date to be announced), 2025: ''Wicked'' movie, Part 2, cinemas worldwide.''' The musical adaptation of Gregory Maguire's novel about the witches of Oz is proving to be too much story for just one movie, so it's been split into two! The second half is coming out for the 2025 holiday season. Keep an eye out for further announcements, including an exact date.
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'''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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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:


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://watch.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series/volume-1. 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 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! And in November of 2022, this short was dropped with news of what's to come:


Chronicles of Oz podcast, the Internet

Now streaming: The Chronicles of Oz podcast, seasons 1, 2, and 3. This audio adaptation of the first three Oz books, each in six episodes, presents The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvellous Land of Oz, and Ozma 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 now available…


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://anchor.fm/the-royal-podcast-of-oz/, 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.


Hit the Bricks! podcast, the Internet

Now playing: 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 act has now dropped, with further episodes to come. For more information, see the show's website at https://hitthebricks.com/, and its Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/HitTheBricksPod/.


The Smallwood Sessions podcast, "The Podcast of Oz", the Internet

Now playing: "The Podcast of Oz" episode of The Smallwood Sessions podcast. To celebrate what would have been the 2020 edition of Chittenango's Oz-Stravaganza, this podcast about upstate New York celebrates Oz and creator L. Frank Baum's connections to the area. To listen, go to https://anchor.fm/josh-taylor87/episodes/Episode-22-The-Podcast-of-Oz-ef05f4.


Down the Yellow Brick Pod podcast, the Internet

Now playing: Down the Yellow Brick Pod podcast. This podcast takes a deep dive into the Oz books, one chapter at a time, and looks at all that they encompass. Available on many podcast sources, including Google Podcasts, and through this link.


The Wonderful Recap of Oz podcast, the Internet

Now playing: The Wonderful Recap of Oz podcast. This podcast recaps the Oz books, one per episode. Available Available on many podcast sources, including Google Podcasts, and through this link.


No Place Like Home podcast, the Internet

Now playing: No Place Like Home podcast. This podcast looks at the Ruby Slippers, how they were stolen in 2005 and found again in 2018, and all the background behind them, the production of The Movie, the life of Judy Garland, and more. Available on most podcasting sites. For more information, the show's website is at https://shows.cadence13.com/podcast/noplacelikehome.


The Lost Princess of Oz podcast, the Internet

Now playing: The Lost Princess of Oz podcast. A new, original Oz story for kids (of all ages), told in six parts, with songs, and presented by the Delaware Children's Theatre. Although based on Baum's writings, this is not the same story as his novel The Lost Princess of Oz. For more information, or to subscribe, see the show's website at https://www.thelostprincessofozpodcast.com/.


The Wizard of Oz: A Homegrown American Fairy Tale radio broadcast, BBC World Service

Now playing: The Wizard of Oz: A Homegrown American Fairy Tale radio documentary, BBC World Service and online streaming. This program looks at the origins and mythology of The Wizard of Oz and how it came about. It is currently available to listen or download online, anywhere in the world. Check the program's website at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct1rl9 to listen to it online, or to download it.


To Oz? To Oz! online convention, the Internet

To Oz? To Oz! online convention. With so many Oz events having to be cancelled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a bunch of them got together to present some of their events to a worldwide, online audience for free. The live portions of the convention have now ended, but if you go to https://ozis.us/, you can see many prerecorded talks and events.


The OzConnection, YouTube

The OzConnection, YouTube. OzCon International, the world's longest running Wizard of Oz convention, now has a YouTube channel at "The OzConnection", which features highlights of earlier cons and new material. The link is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQU5pEFZZ6n_vXvRalgclSg.

The OzConnection has recently started two shows specifically for their channel. The first is a talk show called "OZ:Connect", which you can find in a playlist at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-NAe0FKDXk&list=PLVNfENfXbx111GmnLLJFklUVGxPl1zUC-. The other new show is "Crypto-Oz-ology", short stories about all kinds of unusual happenings in Oz, which is in a playlist at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCoSH97u4ts&list=PLVNfENfXbx11g0DhXikoqyP0dslwHeC1h.


Oz Talk, YouTube

Oz Talk panel talk show, YouTube. Join five Oz friends as they discuss any and all Oz subjects under the sun. New episodes will drop every two weeks on the Official Oz Club's YouTube Channel. You can find the playlist for Oz Talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNINbbefPS4&list=PL3OVMLWgINCRfgeWZR8GPJOp11rR73Ssc.


Fifty Years of Oziana Readings, Youtube

Fifty Years of Oziana short story readings, YouTube. To celebrate fifty years of Oziana, the International Wizard of Oz Club's annual literary magazine, Club members read stories from the last five decades. Many authors have even revisited their own stories. You can see the playlist of all stories right here.


American Experience: American Oz documentary, pbs.org

American Experience: American Oz documentary, pbs.org. The recent PBS documentary, American Oz, about the life of L. Frank Baum and the creation of Oz (part of the American Experience series) is now available for viewing online, and streaming on the PBS app. To watch, go to https://www.pbs.org/video/american-oz-cvqd3p/. If you're not sure yet, here's the trailer:


Wicked in Concert, pbs.org

Wicked in Concert, pbs.org This special highlights the music of the Broadway musical Wicked. Hosts Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth introduce performances by artists including Amber Riley, Rita Moreno, Gabrielle Ruiz, Ariana DeBose, Cynthia Erivo, Isaac Powell, Alex Newell, Jennifer Nettles, and the American Pops Orchestra. To watch online, see https://www.pbs.org/show/wicked-concert/, or the PBS app.


Rainbow movie, Netflix

Now playing: Rainbow, on Netflix worldwide. The first streaming service premieres this new movie, from director Paco León, that uses themes and imagery from The Wizard of Oz to explore the coming of age of Dora, a young Spanish woman who finds that everything she thought she knew about her life may be wrong. Available in an English dub, or with English subtitles.


If I Only Had Christmas television movie, The Hallmark Channel

If I Only Had Christmas television movie, The Hallmark Channel. A Hallmark Christmas romance movie, first shown in 2020 and based (loosely) on The Wizard of Oz! Candace Cameron Bure stars as Darcy Gale, a publicist who teams up with Huck, a cynical business owner played by Neil Webb, to help out a charity in need. Hallmark Channel isn't waiting until the Christmas season, they're showing it now! Here are the current listings:

  • December 17, 2022, 6:00 am
  • December 27, 2022, 6:00 pm

Always check local listings for exact time and channel on your television provider. For more details and a sneak peek behind the scenes, take a look at the news report on the Entertainment Tonight website. And here's another report with another preview. Finally, here's the movie's page on the channel's website.


The Wiz, Seattle, Washington

Now through December 23, 2022: The Wiz, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, Washington. The 5th Avenue presents a new, original staging of the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. For more information, check out the show's website at https://www.5thavenue.org/shows/2022-23/the-wiz/.


The Witches of Oz interactive theatrical experience, London, England, Great Britain

Now through January 15, 2023: The Witches of Oz interactive theatrical experience, The Vaults, London, England, Great Britain. When Dorothy gets drag-ged back to Oz, she finds all is not quite as it was when she left, and now witches are vying for power. For more information and tickets, see the show's website at https://www.thevaults.london/the-witches-of-oz. You can read more about the show at https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/THE-WITCHES-OF-OZ-Opens-at-The-Vaults-Theatre-20220921.


November/December 2022

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. Keep watching as the holidays get closer. Currently scheduled airings:

  • December 6: 8:00 pm and 10:15 pm EST, TNT

Check your local listings for the exact time and channel in your area.


December 2022

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus cablecast

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus holiday special, AMC cablecast. This 1985 presentation, the last holiday special produced by Rankin-Bass (better known for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), is based on the book of the same name by Oz creator L. Frank Baum. It is now being shown on AMC. Here are the currently scheduled airings:

  • December 6, 1:45 am

Check your local provider for the exact channel and time in your area.


Claus: The Musical, Salford, United Kingdom

December 14, 2022-January 8, 2023: Claus: The Musical, Lowry Theatre, Salford, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom. This is the world premiere production of this musical adaptation of the L. Frank Baum book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. Tickets are available now. For more information, see the show's website at https://thelowry.com/whats-on/claus-the-musical/. And there's now an article, with a sample of one of the songs, at https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/claus-musical-world-premiere-cast-sing_57622.html.


March 2023

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

March (exact date to be announced, we hope), 2023: 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/.


The Wiz, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

March 2-26, 2023: The Wiz, Fulton Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Tony-winning musical is revived in southeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, including ordering tickets, see the show's website at https://thefulton.org/shows/the-wiz/.


April 2023

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas

April 22, 2023: 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 2023

Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana

May (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana. One of the most celebrated Wizard of Oz festivals is back! For more information, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays/.


Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas

May (exact dates to be announced), 2023: 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.


The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

May (most likely, exact date to be announced), 2023: 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 https://www.raceentry.com/oz-run/race-information. 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.


June 2023

Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York

June (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York. This village in upstate New York honors its native son, L. Frank Baum, with an annual festival honoring his creation, the Land of Oz. For more information, see the event's website at http://www.oz-stravaganza.com/.


Judy Garland Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota

June (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Judy Garland Festival, Judy Garland Museum and environs, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Judy Garland's home town celebrates her in this annual festival, with events all over town spread out over several days. For more information, keep an eye on the event's website at https://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/.


The Wizard of Oz stage show, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

June 24-July 15, 2023: The Wizard of Oz stage show, Fulton Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The stage version of the famous movie version becomes a Saturday matinée summer event in southeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, including buying tickets, see the show's website at https://thefulton.org/shows/the-wizard-of-oz/.


July 2023

OzCon International, Pomona, California

July 28-30, 2023: OzCon International, Kellogg West Conference Center and Hotel, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Pomona, California. The world's longest continuously running Wizard of Oz convention is back for its first live, weekend-long edition in four years. The theme will be animation and Oz. For updates and further details, check out http://www.ozconinternational.com/. If you want to see any of the videos presented at the 2020 and 2021 online versions of the convention, you can now watch many of them through the OzConnection YouTube channel, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQU5pEFZZ6n_vXvRalgclSg/featured.


August 2023

Wicked, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Opening August, 2023: Wicked, Lyric Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It's back! The award-winning musical about the witches of Oz is coming back to Australia. For more information, and to get on the waitlist, go to https://wickedthemusical.com.au/.


September 2023

Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina

September (exact dates to be announced), 2023: 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. For more information, including when tickets go on sale, check out https://www.landofoznc.com/autumnatoz.


Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan

September (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Michigan 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/.


October 2023

Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas

October (exact date to be announced), 2023: 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), 2023: 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).


Wizard of Oz Festival Ohio, Aurora, Ohio

October (dates to be announced), 2023: Wizard of Oz Festival Ohio, Aurora, Ohio. For more information, see the website at https://wizardofozohio.com/, and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wizardofozfestivalohio/.


Wizard of Oz Days, Macon, Missouri

October (exact date to be announced), 2023: Wizard of Oz Days, Hannibal, Missouri. For complete details, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays.


February 2024

Toto movie premiere, North American (at least) theaters

February 2, 2024: Toto movie premiere, theaters throughout North America (and possibly other parts of the world). The new animated movie, based on the book Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Chichester Clark, tells the story of The Wizard of Oz from Toto's perspective. Keep watching here for casting and other news.


December 2024

Wicked part 1 movie, cinemas worldwide

December (exact date to be announced), 2024: Wicked movie, Part 1, cinemas worldwide. The musical adaptation of Gregory Maguire's novel about the witches of Oz is proving to be too much story for just one movie, so it's been split into two! The first half is coming out for the 2024 holiday season. Keep an eye out for further announcements, including further casting (aside from Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, Ariana Grande as Galinda, and Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero) and an exact date.


December 2025

Wicked part 2 movie, cinemas worldwide

December (exact date to be announced), 2025: Wicked movie, Part 2, cinemas worldwide. The musical adaptation of Gregory Maguire's novel about the witches of Oz is proving to be too much story for just one movie, so it's been split into two! The second half is coming out for the 2025 holiday season. Keep an eye out for further announcements, including an exact date.


To Be Announced

Midwest Oz Fest, Location To Be Announced

Midwest Oz Fest, Location To Be Announced. The southwest suburbs of Chicago last hosted an Oz festival in 2019. There have yet to be any announcements of future events, but keep an eye on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MidwestWizardOfOzFestival/.