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'''Now playing: ''Wicked''.''' This is the award-winning musical based on Gregory Maguire's novel ''Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West''. The book is by Winnie Holzman, the music by Stephen Schwartz, and the show is directed by Joe Mantello. It has done so well, it has spawned the following productions:
 
'''Now playing: ''Wicked''.''' This is the award-winning musical based on Gregory Maguire's novel ''Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West''. The book is by Winnie Holzman, the music by Stephen Schwartz, and the show is directed by Joe Mantello. It has done so well, it has spawned the following productions:
  
* [http://www.gershwintheatre.com/ Gershwin Theater], Broadway, New York City, New York. Tickets may be purchased online at [http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/24579 ticketmaster.com]. For more details, go to [http://wickedthemusical.com/ wickedthemusical.com]. For a "Behind the Emerald Curtain" tour on Saturday mornings, go to https://wickedthemusical.com/behind-the-emerald-curtain#scrolldown for details.
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* <s>[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.</s> '''SUSPENDED—Tentative return scheduled for September 6, 2020'''
  
* 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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* <s>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/.</s> '''SUSPENDED—Tentative return scheduled for June 27, 2020'''
  
 
*''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):
** Now through March 3, 2019: [https://www.broadway-at-the-eccles.com/events/wicked Eccles Theater], Salt Lake City, Utah
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** <s>Now through June 14, 2020: [https://broadwayinrichmond.com/wicked/ Altria Theater], Richmond, Virginia</s> '''CANCELLED'''
** March 6-17, 2019: [https://boise.broadway.com/tickets/show/9598 Morrison Center], Boise, Idaho
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** <s>June 17-July 5, 2020: [https://desmoinesperformingarts.org/events/wicked/ Civic Center], Des Moines, Iowa</s> '''POSTPONED'''
** March 20-31, 2019: [https://fresno.broadway.com/shows/wicked-ss2/ Saroyan Theatre], Fresno, California
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** <s>July 9-26, 2020: [https://vancouver.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ Queen Elizabeth Theatre], Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada</s> '''CANCELLED'''
** April 3-May 5, 2019: [https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/wicked ASU Gammage], Tempe, Arizona
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** <s>July 29-August 9, 2020: [https://calgary.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ Southern Jubilee Auditorium], Calgary, Alberta, Canada</s> '''CANCELLED'''
** May 8-June 9, 2019: [https://www.denvercenter.org/shows/broadway-18-19-season Buell Theatre], Denver, Colorado
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** <s>August 12-23, 2020: [https://edmonton.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ Northern Jubilee Auditorium], Edmonton, Alberta, Canada</s> '''CANCELLED'''
** June 12-July 7, 2019: [https://seattle.broadway.com/shows/wicked-ss2/ Paramount Theatre], Seattle, Washington
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** <s>August 26-September 6, 2020: [https://ottawa.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ National Arts Centre], Ottawa, Ontario, Canada</s> '''CANCELLED'''
** July 10-28, 2019: [https://portland.broadway.com/shows/wicked-ss2/ Keller Auditorium], Portland, Oregon
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** <s>September 9-27, 2020: [https://bushnell.org/Wicked The Bushnell], Hartford, Connecticut</s> '''CANCELLED'''
** July 31-August 11, 2019: [https://theaterleague.com/eugene/wicked/ Hult Center], Eugene, Oregon
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** September 30-October 25, 2020: [https://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/wicked-2 Durham Performing Arts Center], Durham, North Carolina
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** October 28-November 15, 2020: [https://tickets.peacecenter.org/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=21-BW-Wicked&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id= Peace Center], Greenville, South Carolina
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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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** January 13-31, 2021: [https://strazcenter.org/Events/Straz/Shows/2021_BroadwayAddOn/Wicked Straz Center for the Performing Arts], Tampa, Florida
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** February 3-14, 2021: [https://www.kravis.org/events/wicked/ Kravis Center], West Palm Beach, Florida
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** February 17-March 7, 2021: [https://www.arshtcenter.org/Tickets/Subscriptions/Broadway/Broadway-in-Miami-2020-2021/ Arsht Center], Miami, Florida
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** March 10-28, 2021: [https://www.drphillipscenter.org/events/tickets/2021/wicked/ Dr. Phillips Center], Orlando, Florida
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** March 31-April 18, 2021: [https://broadwaygrandrapids.com/wicked-2021 DeVos Performance Hall], Grand Rapids, Michigan
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** April 21-May 9, 2021: [https://austin.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ Bass Concert Hall], Austin, Texas
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** May 12-30, 2021: [https://www.okcbroadway.com/wicked Civic Center Music Hall], Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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** June 2-20, 2021: [https://kansascity.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ Municipal Auditorium Music Hall], Kansas City, Missouri
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** June 23-August 1, 2021: [https://houston.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ The Hobby Center], Houston, Texas
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** August 4-September 5, 2021: [https://dallassummermusicals.org/shows/wicked/ Music Hall at Fair Park], Dallas, Texas
  
 
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===''The Wizard of Oz'' tour===
'''''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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'''''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:
  
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* February 11, 2019: Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, Florida
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* 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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* 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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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 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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===''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. NOW FREE FOR EVERYONE!''' 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 52nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Oakland, California===
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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 complete…
'''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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===''The Royal Podcast of Oz'', the Internet===
===Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas===
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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.
'''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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===''Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me'', National Public Radio===
===The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin===
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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 (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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===''Hit the Bricks!'' podcast, 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: ''Hit the Bricks!'' podcast, the Internet.''' One hundred years after the events of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'', the Gale farm is abandoned, and a new generation is off to have adventures in Oz. The first act has now dropped, with further episodes to come. For more information, see the show's website at https://hitthebricks.com/, and its Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/HitTheBricksPod/.
 
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===San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, California===
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'''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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===Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York===
 
===Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York===
'''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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<s>'''June 5-7, 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.</s> '''CANCELLED'''
  
 
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===''Wizard of Oz'' Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota===
===Journey with Dorothy, Beech Mountain, North Carolina===
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<s>'''June 11-13, 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 event's website at http://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/festivals/judy-garland-festival-2020.</s> '''CANCELLED.'''
'''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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===Wizard of Oz Festival, <s>Ionia, Michigan</s> The Internet===
'''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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'''June 12-13, 2020: Wizard of Oz Festival, <s>Ionia, Michigan</s> The Internet.''' This Michigan town holds an annual ''Wizard of Oz'' festival. This year, to protect everyone involved from COVID-19, events will be held online. For details and schedule, see the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MichiganWizardofozfest/.
  
 
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===Journey with Dorothy, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
'''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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<s>'''June 12, 19, and 26, and July 2 and 3, 2020: Journey with Dorothy, Land of Oz Park, Banner Elk, North Carolina.''' This year celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its opening, 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/.</s> '''CANCELLED.'''
  
 
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===Oz: The National Convention, Thibodaux, Louisiana===
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===Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana===
'''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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'''DATE CHANGE! July 11-12, 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. 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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===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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<s>'''DATE CHANGE! July 17-19, 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/.</s> '''NOW CANCELLED.'''
  
 
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===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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<s>'''August 3-6, 2020: The International Wizard of Oz Club National Convention, East Aurora, New York.'''
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===Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
 
===Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
'''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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'''September 11-13 and 18-20, 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, the park celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. For more information, check out http://www.landofoznc.com/autumnatoz.
  
 
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===Midwest Oz Fest 2020===
'''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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'''September 26-27, 2020: Midwest Oz Fest 2020, 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 page at https://www.facebook.com/MidwestWizardOfOzFestival/, and the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/778939432609537/.
  
 
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===''Wizard of Oz'' Festival Ohio, Macedonia, Ohio===
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===''Wizard of Oz'' Festival Ohio, Twinsburg, Ohio===
'''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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<s>'''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/.</s> '''CANCELLED'''
  
 
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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 (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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===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 (exact date to be announced), 2020: OzFest, Liberal, Kansas.''' The home town of the Dorothy's House attraction hosts its annual tribute to Dorothy and Oz. For more information, see [http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Liberal+Events&TravelTo=KS1019015&VE=Y the city's events page] and [http://visitliberal.com/ the city's website] (and be sure to call 1-800-LIBERAL to confirm event and dates).
  
 
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===''The Wizard of Oz'' Eightieth Anniversary Cruise,Miami, Florida===
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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 (exact date to be announced), 2020: The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.''' This annual 5K and half-marathon run raises money for local charities while the participants dress in Oz costumes as they make their ways to the Emerald City at the end. For more information, or to sign up, go to http://www.theozrun.com/. And if you want to find out a little more, including video of the 2016 run, see http://www.weau.com/content/misc/Oz-Run---Dec-19th-407438355.html.
  
 
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===The Magic of Oz: It's Illuminating event, Mattydale, New York===
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'''October 3-4, 2020: The Magic of Oz: It's Illuminating event, Mattydale, New York.''' This event celebrates the legacy of Oz creator L. Frank Baum and central New York State's role in Oz. Keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/Lyman-Frank-Baum-Foundation-Incorporated-of-Syracuse-182342648464587/ for further information.
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'''Opening October 25, 2020: ''Wicked, Das Musical: Die Magie Zwischen Gut und Böse'', Hamburg, Germany.''' For the first time in many years, ''Wicked'' will play on a German stage, and this time it's an all-new production, different from the original Broadway version. It's in development now (they're even auditioning), and is scheduled to open October 25. If you can read German, you can find out more information at https://www.stage-entertainment.de/musicals-shows/wicked-hamburg.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 checking back for details throughout the season.
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===Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas===
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'''March (exact date to be announced), 2021: 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 (exact date to be announced), 2021: 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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===Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas===
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'''May (exact dates to be announced), 2021: 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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===''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.
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<s>'''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.</s> Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic messing up film production, Universal has pushed several animated films further back in the schedule—including ''Sing 2'' to December 22, 2021. This now leaves ''Wicked'' without a release date. As soon as one is announced, this entry will be updated again.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 10:55, 3 June 2020

Other Oz events can also be found on the Wizard of Oz Calendar of Events page on Facebook.

Contents

Going on now

Wicked play, around the world

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


The Wizard of Oz tour

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

  • (No shows currently scheduled.)

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


Ozmafia anime series, on the Internet

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


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

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


Emerald City television series, NBC.com

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


Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Internet Streaming and Cablecast

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


Lost in Oz series, Internet streaming

Now playing: Lost in Oz, Amazon Video streaming. NOW FREE FOR EVERYONE! 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 complete…


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/.


June, 2020

Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York

June 5-7, 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. CANCELLED


Wizard of Oz Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota

June 11-13, 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 event's website at http://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/festivals/judy-garland-festival-2020. CANCELLED.


Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan The Internet

June 12-13, 2020: Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan The Internet. This Michigan town holds an annual Wizard of Oz festival. This year, to protect everyone involved from COVID-19, events will be held online. For details and schedule, see the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MichiganWizardofozfest/.


Journey with Dorothy, Banner Elk, North Carolina

June 12, 19, and 26, and July 2 and 3, 2020: Journey with Dorothy, Land of Oz Park, Banner Elk, North Carolina. This year celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its opening, 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/. CANCELLED.


July 2020

Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana

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DATE CHANGE! July 11-12, 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. For more information, see the event's Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/2409107332697500/.


OzCon International, Pomona, California

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DATE CHANGE! July 17-19, 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/. NOW CANCELLED.


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. For more information, see the convention's website at http://www.ozconvention.org/. CANCELLED


September 2020

Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina

September 11-13 and 18-20, 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, the park celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. For more information, check out http://www.landofoznc.com/autumnatoz.


Midwest Oz Fest 2020

September 26-27, 2020: Midwest Oz Fest 2020, 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 page at https://www.facebook.com/MidwestWizardOfOzFestival/, and the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/778939432609537/.


Wizard of Oz Festival Ohio, Twinsburg, Ohio

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


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.


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

Opening October 25, 2020: Wicked, Das Musical: Die Magie Zwischen Gut und Böse, Hamburg, Germany. For the first time in many years, Wicked will play on a German stage, and this time it's an all-new production, different from the original Broadway version. It's in development now (they're even auditioning), and is scheduled to open October 25. If you can read German, you can find out more information at https://www.stage-entertainment.de/musicals-shows/wicked-hamburg.html.


November/December 2020

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 checking back for details throughout the season.


March 2021

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

March (exact date to be announced), 2021: 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 2021

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas

April (exact date to be announced), 2021: 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 2021

Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas

May (exact dates to be announced), 2021: 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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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. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic messing up film production, Universal has pushed several animated films further back in the schedule—including Sing 2 to December 22, 2021. This now leaves Wicked without a release date. As soon as one is announced, this entry will be updated again.