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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/.
 
* 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/.
 
* ''Wicked'' has finished its latest tour of Australia. See http://www.wickedthemusical.com.au/ for future tours or other news. The show is now being performed by amateur theatrical groups around the country, so check for local productions.
 
 
* A revival of the Japanese production wrapped up its run in Sapporo. See https://www.shiki.jp/applause/wicked/ for information about ''Wicked'' in Japan (site is in Japanese).
 
 
* The recent UK tour went abroad, but is now back in the British Isles:
 
** Now through June 9, 2018: [http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/uk-tour/tour-dates/edinburgh-playhouse Edinburgh Playhouse], Edinburgh, Scotland
 
** June 13-July 7, 2018: [http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/uk-tour/tour-dates/leeds-grand-theatre Leeds Grand Theatre], Leeds, England
 
** July 17-August 26, 2018: [http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/uk-tour/tour-dates/bord-gais-energy-theatre-dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre], Dublin, Ireland
 
** September 6-29, 2018: [http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/uk-tour/tour-dates/sunderland-empire Sunderland Empire], Sunderland, England
 
** October 3-27, 2018: [http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/uk-tour/tour-dates/mayflower-theatre-southampton Mayflower Theatre Southampton], Southampton, England
 
** October 31-November 24, 2018: [http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/uk-tour/tour-dates/wales-millennium-centre Wales Millennium Centre], Cardiff, Wales
 
** December 4, 2018-January 5, 2019: [http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/uk-tour/tour-dates/palace-theatre-manchester Palace Theatre Manchester], Manchester, England
 
  
 
*''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):
 
*''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):
** May 16-June 3, 2018: [https://www.ticketomaha.com/Productions/wicked Orpheum Theatre], Omaha, Nebraska
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** Now through December 29, 2019: [https://www.fabulousfox.com/events/detail/wicked The Fabulous Fox], St. Louis, Missouri
** June 6-17, 2018: [http://theaterleague.com/toledo/wicked/ Stranahan Theatre], Toledo, Ohio
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** January 1-19, 2020: [https://www.celebrityattractions.com/shows/724/WICKED/Little-Rock/2020 Robinson Performance Hall], Little Rock, Arkansas
** June 20-August 5, 2018: [https://www.mirvish.com/shows/wicked Ed Mirvish Theatre], Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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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
** August 7-September 2, 2018: [http://www.broadwayindetroit.com/ Detroit Opera House], Detroit, Michigan
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** February 12-March 8, 2020: [https://baltimore.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ Hippodrome Theatre], Baltimore, Maryland
** September 5-23, 2018: [https://www.celebrityattractions.com/shows/616/WICKED/Tulsa/2018 Tulsa Performing Arts Center], Tulsa, Oklahoma
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** March 11-29, 2020: [https://www.overture.org/events/wicked Overture Center for the Arts], Madison, Wisconsin
** September 26-October 14, 2018: [https://sanantonio.broadway.com/shows/wicked-ss2/ Majestic Theatre], San Antonio, Texas
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** April 1-19, 2020: [https://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/wicked Wharton Center], East Lansing, Michigan
** October 17-28, 2018: [http://popejoypresents.com/ Popejoy Hall], Albuquerque, New Mexico
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** April 22-May 17, 2020: [https://columbus.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ Ohio Theatre], Columbus, Ohio
** October 31-November 25, 2018: [http://www.broadwaysd.com/upcoming-events/wicked/ Civic Theatre], San Diego, California
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** May 20-31, 2020: [https://broadwaynorfolk.com/wicked/ Chrysler Hall], Norfolk, Virginia
** June 12-July 7, 2019: [https://seattle.broadway.com/shows/wicked-ss2/ Paramount Theatre], Seattle, Washington
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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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===''The Wizard of Oz'' tour===
'''''Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz'' Australian tour.''' Lord Webber's new production, expanded from the version of the story first seen in the famous movie version, goes Down Under. The following stops have been announced:
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* May 15-June 17, 2018: [https://www.wizardofozthemusical.com/tickets/melbourne/#tickets-tabs Regent Theatre], Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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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:
For more information about the tour, and to book tickets, see the show's website at https://www.wizardofozthemusical.com/.
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===''The Wizard of Oz'' North American tour===
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'''''The Wizard of Oz'' North American tour.''' This touring production of the musical, based on The Movie, is now traveling around the United States and Canada. The following stops have been announced:
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* Now through May 20, 2018: The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois.
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For more information, or to purchase tickets, see the show's website at http://wizardofoztour.com/.
 
For more information, or to purchase tickets, see the show's website at http://wizardofoztour.com/.
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===''The Origins of Oz'' documentary, national cablecast and on the Internet===
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===''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz'', Internet Streaming and Cablecast===
'''Now playing: ''The Origins of Oz'' documentary, Smithsonian Channel cablecast and the Internet.''' This look at the Oz phenomenon and its influence has the following broadcasts scheduled (all times listed are EDT/PDT):
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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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You can also watch it online at the program's website, at http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/origins-of-oz-the/0/137669.
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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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===''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz'', Internet Streaming===
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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…
'''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 thirteen episodes are now available. The first one is free, but getting the rest mean 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.
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===''Lost in Oz'' series, Internet streaming===
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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://royalpodcastoz.podbean.com/, or look for it on your favorite podcast site.
'''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.
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===''Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me'', National Public Radio===
===Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas===
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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].
'''May 25-26, 2018: 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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==November/December 2019==
'''May 26, 2018: 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 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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==January 2020==
===Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York===
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===''Hit the Bricks!'' podcast, the Internet===
'''June 1-3, 2018: Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York.''' L. Frank Baum's home town honors their favorite son with this annual festival (formerly known as Oz Fest). 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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'''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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===Journey with Dorothy tour, Beech Mountain, North Carolina===
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==February 2020==
'''June 1-30, 2018: Journey with Dorothy Tour, Land of Oz Park, BeechMountain, North Carolina.''' The '70s Land of Oz Park in the Carolina mountains is open for tours this summer, and Dorothy is your guide! You may even get the chance to play one of her companions as your party looks for the Wizald. But watch out, the Wicked Witch might find you! Tours are every Friday in June—that's June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29—plus a bonus day on June 30. For more information, see the website at https://www.landofoznc.com/journeywithdorothy.
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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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===Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan===
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===Quadling Convention, Tulsa, Oklahoma===
'''June 8-9, 2018: 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/Wizardofozfestionia.
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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].
  
 
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===''Wizard of Oz'' train ride, Tavares, Florida===
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===Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas===
'''June 8-24, 2018: ''The Wizard of Oz'' train ride, Tavares, Florida.''' The Oz train experience comes to central Florida! The Royal Palm Railway Experience is offering this train ride to the Emerald City, where Oz characters and events will be with you on the train, and join you in Oz. For more information, or to purchase ticket packages, see the railway's website at https://www.thefloridatrain.com/the-wizard-of-oz-train-ride.
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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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===''Wizard of Oz'' Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota===
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==April 2020==
'''June 14-16, 2018: ''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, see the announcement at http://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/wizard-of-oz-festival?id=48, and keep an eye on the museum's website at http://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/ for more information.
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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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===Midwest Oz Fest 2018, Tinley Park, Illinois===
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===Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas===
'''August (exact dates to be announced), 2018: Midwest Oz Fest 2017, Tinley Park, Illinois.''' 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 http://midwestozfest.com/, or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Midwest-Wizard-of-Oz-Festival/577056169054982.
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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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===Wizard of Oz Festival Illinois, Mapleton, Illinois===
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===Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana===
'''August (date to be announced), 2018: Wizard of Oz Festival Illinois, Mapleton, Illinois.''' The annual celebration of Oz in this Illinois town. For more infarmation, see the event's website at http://www.hollispark.org/oz-fest, and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Wizardofozfest/.
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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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===Wizard of Oz Days, New London, Missouri===
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'''August (exact dates to be announced), 2018: Wizard of Oz Days Festival, New London City Park, New London, Missouri.''' The community throws a party celebrating Oz. For more information, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/374941192901941/, and also https://www.facebook.com/wizardofozdays/.
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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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'''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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===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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==July 2020==
 
===OzCon International, Pomona, California===
 
===OzCon International, Pomona, California===
[[File:OzCon 2018.jpg|center]]'''August 10-12, 2018: OzCon International, Kellogg Center, Cal Poly Pomona University, Pomona, California.''' The fifty-fourth edition of the world's longest-running ''Wizard of Oz'' convention returns to its roots in southern California, for the first time in the Los Angeles area since the 1960s. It is still early days, so there's not a lot to announce, so keep an eye on the website at http://www.ozconinternational.com/ for details.
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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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===The International Wizard of Oz Club National Convention, East Aurora, New York===
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'''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===
 
===Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
'''September 7-9, 2018: 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, check out http://www.landofoznc.com/autumnatoz.
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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'' Festival Ohio, Macedonia, Ohio===
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===Midwest Oz Fest 2020===
'''September 28-30, 2018: ''Wizard of Oz'' Festival Ohio, Macedonia, Ohio.''' The second 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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'''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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===''Wizard of Oz'' Festival Ohio, Twinsburg, Ohio===
===Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas===
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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/.
'''October (exact date to be announced), 2018: 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 2020==
'''October (exact date to be announced), 2018: 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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'''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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'''October 12-21, 2018: ''The Wizard of Oz'' ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City, Missouri.''' This world premiere ballet, based on the first Oz book, opens Kansas City Ballet's 2018-19 season, and is presented in conjunction with the Colorado Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Details are available in [http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article204355919.html this article]. Keep an eye on [https://www.kcballet.org/ the company's website] for more information, including when tickets go on sale.
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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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'''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 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 checking back for details throughout the season.
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'''April (date to be announced), 2019: 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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'''December 20, 2019: ''Wicked'' movie, theaters around the world.''' At long last, Universal has announced a release date for the film adaptation of the Tony-winning musical. No cast has been announced yet, but the director will be Stephen Daldry, Marc Platt (one of the show's producers on Broadway) will be a producer, and Winnie Holzman (book) and Stephen Schwartz (composer) will be reproducing their tasks from Broadway. Stay tuned for more details as they become available, including casting!
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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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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 national broadcast. 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.