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Wicked play, around the world

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

Wicked is also touring North America. For more information and updates about the tour, see wickedthemusical.com/#WickedCitiesOnTour or musicalschwartz.com/wicked-tour.htm. Here's the current schedule (locations and dates are subject to change):

And for the first time, new productions, not based on the Broadway original, have been authorized. So far announced:

High Drama: Against All Oz show, on the Internet

Now playing: High Drama: Against All Oz, thewb.com. The late television network is reborn as an online broadcaster. Besides many old Warner Bros. shows, they also have a reality series, a behind-the-scenes look at a high school's production of The Wizard of Oz. To see the trailer and watch episodes from the first two season, go to thewb.com/shows/high-drama.

The Wizard of Oz exhibit, Ashville, North Carolina

Now open: The Wizard of Oz exhibit, The Health Adventure, Asheville, North Carolina. The traveling children's museum exhibit has made its way to western North Carolina. Based on the original novel by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow, visitors step into the book and follow the yellow brick road through interactive exhibits. For more information, see The Health Adventures' website at thehealthadventure.org.

The Wizard of Oz exhibit, Madame Tusseud's, New York City, New York

Now open: The Wizard of Oz exhibit, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, New York City, New York. The world's most famous name in wax now has an Oz exhibit at its Times Square location, including a wax replica of Judy Garland as Dorothy. Plus, later this summer, The Wizard of Oz will become part of their 4-D theater. For more information, see the website at madametussauds.com/NewYork.

In Search of the Wizard of Oz play, Arvada, Colorado

Now through August 15, 2010: In Search of the Wizard of Oz play, Festival Playhouse, Arvada, Colorado. This is yet another interpretation of The Wizard of Oz on stage, but this one is different: It showcases some of the Oz characters hidden talents. The Scarecrow plays accordion! The Tin Woodman plays guitar! The Cowardly Lion sings! The Wizard does magic tricks (well, yeah, that makes sense)! Shows start at 7:30, with a special child's ticket price of $10 for those twelve and under. For more information, see the show's website at http://www.festivalplayhouse.com/Now%20Showing.html (WARNING: Website has music and dialog that can't be turned off.)

The Wizard of Oz play, Fall City, Washington

Now through August 29, 2010: The Wizard of Oz, Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater, Fall City, Washington. See the Royal Shakespeare Company version of the play, based on the famous film version, in an open air forest theater! Performances are Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. A barbecue dinner is available between shows on Saturdays, and after the show on Sundays. For more information and to make reservations (required for the barbecue), call 425-736-7252, e-mail fallstheater@hotmail.com, or visit the theater's website at foresttheater.org.

Hollywood Costume exhibit, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Now through September 5, 2010: "Icons of Costume: Hollywood's Golden Era and Beyond" museum exhibit, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania. This is an exhibit of Oscar-nominated movie costumes, from the 1940s to the 1990s. As part of the exhibit on Saturdays and Sundays, visitors can appear in scenes from some of their favorute movies, including The Wizard of Oz. (You can even see some of the results on the museum's YouTube channel.) The screen tests cost extra, beyond museum admission. For information, see michenermuseum.org/exhibits/costume.php.

The Wizard of Oz exhibit, St. Paul, Minnesota

Now through September 12, 2010: The Wizard of Oz exhibit, Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul, Minnesota. Children (and adults) can learn about science while they travel over the rainbow to Oz. This version is based on the famous movie version. For more information, see mcm.org.

August 2010

The Sing-a-long Wizard of Oz movie, Ann Arbor, Michigan

August 15 and 17, 2010: The Sing-a-long Wizard of Oz, The Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Not only can you watch the classic 1939 movie version of the story, you can sing along with it, too, with on-screen lyrics. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students, senior, and veterans, and $8 for Michigan Theater members. Shows are at 1:30 p.m. on August 15 and 7:00 p.m. on August 17. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, see http://www.michtheater.org/schedule_descriptions.php#wizard.

Friends of Dorothy: An Oz Cabaret, New York City, New York

August 16-22, 2010: Friends of Dorothy: An Oz Cabaret, The Ellen Stewart Theatre @ LA MAMA, New York City, New York. Presented by Conatus Productions as part of [the New York City Fringe Festival], this show is certinly not for kids, sensitive viewers, or Oz purists! Follow Dorothy from Kansas to the strange and beautiful land of Bras, where she meets some memorable friends and foes, but none as fierce and fabulous as the Wicked Rhymes-with-Witch of the West. Will Dorothy make it through the forest of glitter and fringe to the Wizard with her friends? Journey over the rainbow and down the yellow brick road with Dorothy as she discovers the true meaning of what it means to be home. Performances are August 16 at 6:00 p.m., August 19 at 7:15 p.m., August 20 at 2:00 p.m., August 21 at 7:15 p.m., and August 22 at 12:00 noon. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door, and can be purchased online, at the theater box office, and during the Fringe Festival. For details, go to http://www.fringenyc.org/basic_page.php?ltr=F and scroll to the bottom.

September 2010

The Wizard of Oz marionette show, Altamonte Springs, Florida

September 1-October 13, 2010: The Wizard of Oz musical marionette show, Pinocchio's Marionette Theater, Altamonte Springs, Florida. This is a forty-five minute musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum's novel, performed with beautifully sculptured string puppets and original score. Pinocchio's Marionette Theater, Suite 1389, the Altamonte Mall, 451 E Altamonte Springs Drive, Altamonte Springs, Florida, 32701. Tickets: $5. Reservations 407-834-8757. www.pinocchios.net.

Chesterton Wizard of Oz Festival, Chesterton, Indiana

September 17-19, 2010: Chesterton Wizard of Oz Festival, Chesterton, Indiana. One of the earliest Wizard of Oz festivals, this year Chesterton celebrates its twenty-ninth edition. For more information, see the event's website at www.ozfestivalchesterton.com.

October 2010

Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina

October 2-3, 2010: Autumn at Oz Party, Beech Mountain, Banner Elk, North Carolina. The Wizard of Oz Park on the mountain may no longer be in regular operation, but it's still there, and Oz and park fans get together once a year for a party. Special guests will be announced soon. Tickets are $20. For more information, check out emeraldmtn.com/LandofOz/oz.htm.

Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas

October 2-3, 2010: Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas. The town not only has an Oz museum, they're putting on an Oz festival. Munchkins, authors, and other special guests will attend, and there's also admission to the museum. For more details, call the Oz museum at 1-866-458-TOTO, or see the event's website at oztoberfest.com.

Judy Garland Remembers Dorothy Gale lecture, Rome, New York

October 21-22, 2010: "Judy Garland Remembers Dorothy Gale" lecture, Mohawk Valley Community College Rome Campus, Rome, New York. Presented by Emmy-award winning Oz and Garland historian John Fricke. Everyone knows Judy as Dorothy. But how did Judy feel about the character, movie, and theme song that became inextricably linked with her life and legend? Fricke tells all! Lectures are at 7:00 p.m. both evenings. Admission is free for MVCC students, $2 for staff, and $5 for the general public. For details, see http://calendar.mvcc.edu/EventList.aspx?eventidn=1112&view=EventDetails&information_id=2391 for October 21, and http://calendar.mvcc.edu/EventList.aspx?eventidn=1113&view=EventDetails&information_id=2393 for October 22.

November 2010

The Wizard of Oz, TBS and TNT cablecasts

November 2010: The Wizard of Oz, TBS and TNT cablecasts. The stations' annual Thanksgiving-season showing of the famous film version. For details, see the dedicated pages for the movie on TBS's and TNT's websites.

The Wizard of Oz touring show, throughout the United States and Canada

Starts November 23, 2010: The Wizard of Oz on Tour. This is a North America-wide tour of The Wizard of Oz on stage, based on the famous movie version. Currently scheduled stops on the tour include:

Other dates are sure to be added later. For more information about the show, see the website at http://wizardofozontour.com/.

December 2010

WiZaRD: The Musical, New York City, New York

December, 2010: WiZaRD: The Musical, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City, New York. This show, set at fictional radio station WZRD, looks at the career and music of Harold Arlen, including his work on The Wizard of Oz. For information about the show — or the current nationwide auditions for a young singer to play Dorothy — see the website at http://wizardthemusical.com/index.php.

The Wizard of Oz, TNT cablecasts

December 2010: The Wizard of Oz, TNT cablecast. The station's annual Christmas-season showing of the famous film version. For details, see the dedicated pages for the movie on TNT's website.

The Wizard of Oz Musical, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

December 1-19, 2010: The Wizard of Oz musical, Civic Light Opera, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This original musical staging of The Wizard of Oz, first presented in 2000, is revived for the holiday season. For information and to get tickets, see the show's website at civiclightoperacompany.com/oz_2010.html.


Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz play, London, England

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Opening March 29, 2011: The Wizard of Oz, The West End, London, England, United Kingdom. Now that Danielle Hope has won the role of Dorothy through the television show Over the Rainbow (and the runner-up, Sophia Lewis, will be her understudy), Andrew Lloyd Webber has to put on his show. It will debut in the West End on March 29. News and information is available on Webber's website, at andrewlloydwebber.com/shows/the-wizard-of-oz, and tickets are already on sale at http://www.wizardofoztheatre.co.uk/.

The Wizard of Oz, Costa Mesa, California

April 7-9, 2011: The Wizard of Oz, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Cost Mesa, California. This is a brand new listing with few details, so I'm not sure what this is. The Pacific Symphony is listed, however, so perhaps this is a showing of the movie with a symphony performing the music. For details, keep an eye on www.ocpac.org.

Wizard of Oz Month Celebration, the Internet

May, 2011: Wizard of Oz Programming, Seasons & Celebrations, Live365.com Internet Radio. In honor of L. Frank Baum's birthday on May 15, this online radio station, with different topical programming each month, plays music about Oz, including songs from Oz movies and plays. Also in the mix is Judy Garland reprising her role as Dorothy in the 1950 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. To listen, go to live365.com/stations/tc_arts_ent.

Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas

May, 2011: Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas. Another town in Kansas celebrates The Wizard of Oz. For details, see http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Sedan&Kansas&Yellow+Brick+Road+Festival&City_ID=KS0604019&Event_ID=KS0604019e002&VE=Y

Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York

June 2011: Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York. L. Frank Baum's home town honors their favorite son with this annual festival (formerly known as Oz Fest). For more information, see the festival's website at oz-stravaganza.com, or the town's website at www.chittenango.org.

Judy Garland Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota

June 2011: Judy Garland Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Judy's home town throws its annual party in her honor. For more information, check out the website at judygarlandmuseum.com.

The Wizard of Oz broadcast, TCM

July, 2011: The Wizard of Oz, national cablecast, Turner Classic Movies. They always seem to show it around Independence Day. The movie has its own dedicated page at www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=852&category=overview, so keep an eye on it for updates.

The Winkie Convention, Pacific Grove, California

July 8-10, 2011: The Winkie Convention, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California. Highlights include the auction and sales tables, the costume contest, and the annual Winkie Award. Special presentations will highlight the centennial of The Sea Fairies. For more information, keep an eye on the event's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=135243296512937&ref=ts.

The International Wizard of Oz Club's National Convention, Banner Elk, North Carolina

August 5-7, 2011: The International Wizard of Oz Club's National Oz Convention, Banner Elk, North Carolina. The Oz Club brings its annual convention to the site of the Wizard of Oz theme park of the 1970s, where many of the attractions still stand. Alongside its usual activities, former park employees are expected to talk about their time there. Details coming when they're available.

Date Yet To Be Announced

Wizard of Oz Festival and movie showing, Woodridge, Illinois

Annual Wizard of Oz Festival, Hollywould Boulevard Cinema, Woodridge, Illinois. The cinema's annual showing of The Wizard of Oz, which is usually a big event with special guests. Keep an eye on www.atriptothemovies.com for announcements and details.