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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.
 
* [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 Theatre, The West End, London, England, United Kingdom. For more information, including booking tickets, see http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/ or http://www.wickedwestend.co.uk/, and tickets can be purchased through http://www.wickedtheatretickets.co.uk/.
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* The Apollo Victoria Theatre, The West End, London, England, United Kingdom. For more information, including booking tickets, see http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/.
  
*''Wicked'' is also touring the United States and Canada. For more information and updates about the tour, see http://www.wickedthemusical.com/north-american-tour-tickets. Here's the current schedule (locations and dates are subject to change):
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*''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):
** Now through March 3, 2019: [https://www.broadway-at-the-eccles.com/events/wicked Eccles Theater], Salt Lake City, Utah
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** January 26-February 6, 2022: [https://broadwayintucson.com/shows/wicked/ Centennial Hall], Tucson, Arizona
** March 6-17, 2019: [https://boise.broadway.com/tickets/show/9598 Morrison Center], Boise, Idaho
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** February 9-March 6, 2022: [https://scfta.org/events/2022/wicked Segerstrom Center for the Arts], Costa Mesa, California
** March 20-31, 2019: [https://fresno.broadway.com/shows/wicked-ss2/ Saroyan Theatre], Fresno, California
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** March 9-27, 2022: [https://www.broadwayspokane.com/events/detail/wicked First Interstate Center for the Arts], Spokane, Washington
** April 3-May 5, 2019: [https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/wicked ASU Gammage], Tempe, Arizona
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** March 30-April 24, 2022: [https://www.broadwaysacramento.com/production/wicked-2022/ SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center], Sacramento, California
** May 8-June 9, 2019: [https://www.denvercenter.org/shows/broadway-18-19-season Buell Theatre], Denver, Colorado
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** April 27-May 15, 2022: [https://ticketomaha.com/powered-by/?organization=omaha-performing-arts#/Broadway%20Series Orpheum Theater], Omaha, Nebraska
** June 12-July 7, 2019: [https://seattle.broadway.com/shows/wicked-ss2/ Paramount Theatre], Seattle, Washington
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** May 18-June 5, 2022: [https://columbus.broadway.com/shows/wicked-2/ Ohio Theatre], Columbus, Ohio
** July 10-28, 2019: [https://portland.broadway.com/shows/wicked-ss2/ Keller Auditorium], Portland, Oregon
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** June 8-July 24, 2022: [https://boston.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ Citizens Bank Opera House], Boston, Massachusetts
** July 31-August 11, 2019: [https://theaterleague.com/eugene/wicked/ Hult Center], Eugene, Oregon
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** September 14-25, 2022: [https://broadwayinnorfolk.com/wicked/ Chrysler Hall], Norfolk, Virginia
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** January 25-February 12, 2023: [https://orlando.broadway.com/ Dr. Phillips Center], Orlando, Florida
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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
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** May 31-July 2, 2023: [https://houston.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ The Hobby Center], Houston, Texas
  
 
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===''The Wizard of Oz'' North American tour===
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===''Wicked, Das Musical: Die Magie Zwischen Gut und Böse'', Hamburg, Germany===
'''''The Wizard of Oz'' North American tour.''' This touring production of the musical, based on The Movie, is now traveling around the United States. The following stops have been announced:
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'''Now playing: ''Wicked, Das Musical: Die Magie Zwischen Gut und Böse'', Hamburg, Germany.''' For the first time in many years, ''Wicked'' is playing on a German stage, and this time it's an all-new production, different from the original Broadway version. If you can read German, you can find out more information at https://www.stage-entertainment.de/musicals-shows/wicked-hamburg.html. And you can now watch the first video preview at https://www.broadwayworld.com/videoplay/VIDEO-Get-A-First-Look-At-The-New-Non-Replica-Production-of-WICKED-in-Hamburg-20210709.
  
* February 7, 2019: Riverpark Center, Owensboro, Kentucky
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* February 8-10, 2019: Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee
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* February 11, 2019: Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, Florida
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===''The Wizard of Oz'' tour===
* February 12-13, 2019: Saegner Theatre, New Orleans, Louisiana
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* February 15-17, 2019: Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, Virginia
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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:
* February 18, 2019: Koger Center, Columbia, South Carolina
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* February 23-24, 2018: Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Houston, Texas
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* February 26, 2019: Bologna Performing Arts Center, Cleveland, Mississippi
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* February 28, 2019: Coronado Theater, Rockford, Illinois
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* March 3, 2019: Embassy Theater, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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* March 12, 2019: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio, Texas
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* March 15-17, 2019: Pioneer Center, Reno, Nevada
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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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===''Emerald City'' television series, NBC.com===
 
===''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.
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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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===''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz'', Internet Streaming and Cablecast===
 
===''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz'', Internet Streaming and Cablecast===
 
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'''Now playing: ''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz'' cartoon series, Internet Streaming, Boomerang.''' Boomerang brings you the latest Oz cartoon series, based (very loosely) on the famous 1939 film version. Dorothy is now a princess of Oz and living in the Emerald City with Queen Ozma. But she's still having adventures! The first episode is free on the Boomerang website, but getting the rest means subscribing to Boomerang's streaming service. For more information, see the show's website at https://www.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series. Or, if you have the Boomerang or Cartoon Network cable channels, episodes are now being shown there as well. Other territories around the world, outside the United States, also have the show, so check your local version of the Cartoon Network or Boomerang channels or websites.
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'''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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===''Lost in Oz'' series, Internet streaming===
 
===''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!
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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! More episodes are now in production, so keep an eye out for the announcements of even more of the show.
  
 
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===''Chronicles of Oz'' podcast, the Internet===
===''The Wizard of Oz'' eightieth anniversary, movie theaters in the United States===
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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…
'''February 3 and 5, 2019: ''The Wizard of Oz'' eightieth anniversary, movie theaters in the United States.''' Celebrating eighty years, TCM and Fathom Events present a nationwide series of screenings of the famous film version of ''The Wizard of Oz'', with additional behind-the-scenes material. To find theaters showing The Movie, and purchase tickets, go to https://www.fathomevents.com/events/tcm2019-the-wizard-of-oz-80th-anniversary-1939.
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===The 52nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Oakland, California===
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===''The Royal Podcast of Oz'', the Internet===
'''February 8-10, 2019: The 52nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Oakland Convention Center and Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel, Oakland, California.''' This year's event for fans of rare old books features a very Ozzy theme, with an exhibit of works by L. Frank Baum from the private collection of International Wizard of Oz Club member Joel Harris, and a presentation on "Cyclone on the Prairies: The Magic of the Land of Oz" by former Oz Club President Peter Hanff. For more information, see the fair's website at https://www.cabookfair.com/.
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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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===''Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me'', National Public Radio===
===Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, 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].
'''April 13, 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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==May 2019==
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===''Hit the Bricks!'' podcast, the Internet===
===The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin===
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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/.
'''May (exact date to be announced), 2019: 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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===Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas===
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===''The Smallwood Sessions'' podcast, "The Podcast of Oz", the Internet===
'''May 24-25, 2019: 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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'''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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===San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, California===
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===''Down the Yellow Brick Pod'' podcast, the Internet===
'''May 31-July 4, 2019: San Diego County Fair, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California.''' The theme for the 2019 edition of the fair is "Oz-some," and events will tie into the Oz mythos—the books as well as the movies. This is all to celebrate San Diego's connection to Oz, as author and Oz creator L. Frank Baum spent many winters in Coronado. For more information, see [https://sdfair.com/ the fair's website].
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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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===Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York===
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===''The Wonderful Recap of Oz'' podcast, the Internet===
'''May 31-June 2, 2019: 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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'''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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==June 2019==
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===''No Place Like Home'' podcast, the Internet===
===Journey with Dorothy, Beech Mountain, North Carolina===
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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.
'''June Fridays (plus Saturday the 30th), 2019: Journey with Dorothy, Land of Oz Park, Beech Mountain, North Carolina.''' The site of the Land of Oz amusement park from 1970 to 1980, much of the park is still there and occasionally opens fro tours and other events. On Fridays in June, you can visit and take a tour with Dorothy or one of her famous friends as your tour guide. For more information, see the event's website at https://www.landofoznc.com/journeywithdorothy. (UPDATE: It's sold out for this year. Start planning for 2020 now!)
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===Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan===
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===''The Wizard of Oz: A Homegrown American Fairy Tale'' radio broadcast, BBC World Service===
'''June (exact dates to be announced), 2019: 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. Local news coverage can be read at http://www.sentinel-standard.com/news/20180531/wizard-of-oz-festival-returns-to-ionia.
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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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===''Wizard of Oz'' Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota===
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===To Oz? To Oz! online convention, the Internet===
'''June (exact dates to be announced), 2019: ''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/ for more information.
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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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===Oz: The National Convention, Thibodaux, Louisiana===
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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.
'''June 20-23, 2019: Oz: The National Convention, Thibodaux, Louisiana.''' The International Wizard of Oz Club's National Convention comes to the Louisiana bayous. The Convention itself is June 21-23, with an optional Craft Day on June 20. More information will be coming later, but keep your eye on the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/209387426596512/.
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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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===Oz Talk, YouTube===
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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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'''''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].
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===''American Experience: American Oz'' documentary, pbs.org===
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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:
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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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==March 2022==
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===''The Wizard of Oz'' ballet, Denver, Colorado===
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'''March 11-20, 2022: ''The Wizard of Oz'' ballet, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver, Colorado.''' Colorado Ballet presents this ballet adaptation of the first Oz book. For more information, see the show's website at https://coloradoballet.org/The-Wizard-of-Oz.
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===Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas===
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'''March (exact date to be announced, we hope), 2022: 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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===Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas===
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'''April 23, 2022: 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 2022==
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===Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana===
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'''May 13-15, 2022: 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. This year, events will begin a day early with a Friday evening Ruby Slipper Gala. 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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===Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas===
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'''May 20-21, 2022: 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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==June 2022==
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===Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York===
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'''June 3-5, 2022: Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York.''' This village in upstate New York honors one of its native sons, 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===
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'''June 9-12, 2022: Judy Garland Festival, Judy Garland Museum and environs, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.''' Judy Garland's home town celebrates her one hundredth birthday this year, in this annual festival, with events all over town spread out over four days. For more information, keep an eye on the event's website at https://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/events/100th-birthday.
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===Journey with Dorothy, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
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'''June and July (exact dates to be announced), 2022: Journey with Dorothy, Land of Oz Park, Banner Elk, North Carolina.''' The now-mostly-closed-but-not-abandoned ''Wizard of Oz'' theme park in the mountains of western North Carolina opens on select dates this summer for its annual Journey with Dorothy tour. For more information, see https://www.landofoznc.com/.
  
 
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==July 2019==
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==July 2022==
 
===OzCon International, Pomona, California===
 
===OzCon International, Pomona, California===
'''July 26-28, 2019: OzCon International, Kellogg West Conference Center, Pomona, California.''' The annual west coast meeting of Oz fans celebrates two important milestones, marking the one hundredth anniversary of the passing of L. Frank Baum and the publication of his penultimate Oz book, ''The Magic of Oz''. The convention also celebrates the eightieth anniversary of the famous MGM film version of ''The Wizard of Oz'', and the new animated series ''Lost in Oz'' and '' Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz''. For more information, including purchasing memberships and meals, keep an eye on [http://www.ozconinternational.com/ the convention's website].
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'''July 15-17, 2022: 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 live (we hope) in 2022! As part of the centennial celebration of ''The Royal Book of Oz'', the first book not written by L. Frank Baum, the convention will celebrate ''all'' of the Royal Historians. Keep your eye on the convention's website, http://www.ozconinternational.com/, for more information as it is updated. And 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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==August 2019==
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==August 2022==
===Wizard of Oz Days, New London, Missouri===
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===The International Wizard of Oz Club National Convention, East Aurora, New York===
'''August (exact dates to be announced), 2019: 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/294113420996061/, and also https://www.facebook.com/newlondonozdays/.
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'''August 5-7, 2022: The International Wizard of Oz Club National Convention, East Aurora, New York.'''
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The next live (we all hope) national Oz convention will celebrate illustrators W. W. Denslow (in a place he actually worked) and John R. Neill, and the arts and crafts of Oz. For more information, see the convention's website at https://ozclub.org/2020-national-convention/ and https://ozis.us/2020/10/19/oz-the-national-convention-aug-5-8-2021/.
  
 
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==September 2019==
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===Wizard of Oz Days, Macon, Missouri===
===Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
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'''August (exact date to be announced), 2022: Wizard of Oz Days, Macon, Missouri.''' For complete details, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays.
'''September (exact dates to be announced), 2019: 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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===Midwest Oz Fest 2019, Tinley Park, Illinois===
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'''September 21-22, 2019: Midwest Oz Fest 2018, 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 the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/156284901679198/.
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'''Autumn (exact dates to be announced), 2022: ''Wizard of Oz'' Festival Ohio, Twinsburg, 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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===Midwest Oz Fest 2022, Location To Be Announced===
'''September (exact dates to be announced), 2019: ''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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'''Autumn (exact dates to be announced), 2022: Midwest Oz Fest 2022, 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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===Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
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'''September (exact dates to be announced), 2022: 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 https://www.landofoznc.com/autumnatoz.
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===Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan===
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'''October (exact dates to be announced), 2022: 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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===Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas===
 
===Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas===
'''October (exact date to be announced), 2019: 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 1, 2022: 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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===OzFest, Liberal, Kansas===
 
===OzFest, Liberal, Kansas===
'''October (exact date to be announced), 2019: 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 1, 2022: 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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===The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin===
'''October 28-November 1, 2019: ''The Wizard of Oz'' Eightieth Anniversary Cruise, Miami, Florida, with other ports of call.''' Celebrate eighty years of one of the world's most beloved movies on the Carnival Victory boat, visiting Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. For more information, see the cruise's information page at https://www.travelwithhilo.com/0z-80th.
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'''October (most likely, exact date to be announced), 2022: 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===
 
===''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. See your local listings for channel and times in your area. Keep checking back for details throughout the season.
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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. Check your local listings for the exact time and channel in your area.
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===''If I Only Had Christmas'' television movie, The Hallmark Channel===
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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. Keep checking here for the season's showings. 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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===''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/.
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===''Toto'' movie premiere, North American (at least) theaters===
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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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===''Wicked'' movie, cinemas worldwide===
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'''Date to be announced: ''Wicked'' movie, cinemas worldwide.''' The original release date for 2019 didn't pan out, and the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the 2021 release date further back. But Universal is committed to making 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—beyond the recently announced Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba and Ariana Grande as Glinda, of course!
  
 
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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:


Wicked, Das Musical: Die Magie Zwischen Gut und Böse, Hamburg, Germany

Now playing: Wicked, Das Musical: Die Magie Zwischen Gut und Böse, Hamburg, Germany. For the first time in many years, Wicked is playing on a German stage, and this time it's an all-new production, different from the original Broadway version. If you can read German, you can find out more information at https://www.stage-entertainment.de/musicals-shows/wicked-hamburg.html. And you can now watch the first video preview at https://www.broadwayworld.com/videoplay/VIDEO-Get-A-First-Look-At-The-New-Non-Replica-Production-of-WICKED-in-Hamburg-20210709.


The Wizard of Oz tour

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

  • (No shows currently scheduled.)

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


Ozmafia anime series, on the Internet

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


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

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


Emerald City television series, NBC.com

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


Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Internet Streaming and Cablecast

Now playing: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz cartoon series, Internet Streaming, Boomerang. Boomerang brings you the latest Oz cartoon series, based (very loosely) on the famous 1939 film version. Dorothy is now a princess of Oz and living in the Emerald City with Queen Ozma. But she's still having adventures! The first episode is free on the Boomerang website, but getting the rest means subscribing to Boomerang's streaming service. For more information, see the show's website at https://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! 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, 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 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.


March 2022

The Wizard of Oz ballet, Denver, Colorado

March 11-20, 2022: The Wizard of Oz ballet, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver, Colorado. Colorado Ballet presents this ballet adaptation of the first Oz book. For more information, see the show's website at https://coloradoballet.org/The-Wizard-of-Oz.


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

March (exact date to be announced, we hope), 2022: 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 2022

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas

April 23, 2022: 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 2022

Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana

May 13-15, 2022: 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. This year, events will begin a day early with a Friday evening Ruby Slipper Gala. For more information, see the event's Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/2409107332697500/.


Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas

May 20-21, 2022: 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.


June 2022

Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York

June 3-5, 2022: Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York. This village in upstate New York honors one of its native sons, 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 9-12, 2022: Judy Garland Festival, Judy Garland Museum and environs, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Judy Garland's home town celebrates her one hundredth birthday this year, in this annual festival, with events all over town spread out over four days. For more information, keep an eye on the event's website at https://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/events/100th-birthday.


Journey with Dorothy, Banner Elk, North Carolina

June and July (exact dates to be announced), 2022: Journey with Dorothy, Land of Oz Park, Banner Elk, North Carolina. The now-mostly-closed-but-not-abandoned Wizard of Oz theme park in the mountains of western North Carolina opens on select dates this summer for its annual Journey with Dorothy tour. For more information, see https://www.landofoznc.com/.


July 2022

OzCon International, Pomona, California

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July 15-17, 2022: 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 live (we hope) in 2022! As part of the centennial celebration of The Royal Book of Oz, the first book not written by L. Frank Baum, the convention will celebrate all of the Royal Historians. Keep your eye on the convention's website, http://www.ozconinternational.com/, for more information as it is updated. And 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 2022

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

August 5-7, 2022: The International Wizard of Oz Club National Convention, East Aurora, New York. The next live (we all hope) national Oz convention will celebrate illustrators W. W. Denslow (in a place he actually worked) and John R. Neill, and the arts and crafts of Oz. For more information, see the convention's website at https://ozclub.org/2020-national-convention/ and https://ozis.us/2020/10/19/oz-the-national-convention-aug-5-8-2021/.


Wizard of Oz Days, Macon, Missouri

August (exact date to be announced), 2022: Wizard of Oz Days, Macon, Missouri. For complete details, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays.


Autumn 2022

Wizard of Oz Festival Ohio, Twinsburg, Ohio

Autumn (exact dates to be announced), 2022: Wizard of Oz Festival Ohio, Twinsburg, Ohio. For more information, see the website at https://wizardofozohio.com/, and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wizardofozfestivalohio/.


Midwest Oz Fest 2022, Location To Be Announced

Autumn (exact dates to be announced), 2022: Midwest Oz Fest 2022, 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/.


September 2022

Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina

September (exact dates to be announced), 2022: 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 https://www.landofoznc.com/autumnatoz.


October 2022

Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan

October (exact dates to be announced), 2022: 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/.


Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas

October 1, 2022: 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 1, 2022: 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 (most likely, exact date to be announced), 2022: 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.


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


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. Keep checking here for the season's showings. 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.


December 2022

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/.


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.


Date TBA

Wicked movie, cinemas worldwide

Date to be announced: Wicked movie, cinemas worldwide. The original release date for 2019 didn't pan out, and the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the 2021 release date further back. But Universal is committed to making 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—beyond the recently announced Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba and Ariana Grande as Glinda, of course!