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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 sit-down companies:

  • Wicked has finished its latest tour of Australia. See http://www.wickedthemusical.com.au/ for future tours or other news. The show is now being performed by amateur theatrical groups around the country, so check for local productions.
  • Wicked: A História Não Contada Das Bruxas de Oz is now playing at the Teatro Renault in São Paulo, Brazil, making it the first production in Portuguese and in South America. For more information, see http://wickedomusical.com.br/ (site is in Portuguese).

Courtney Act's The Girl from Oz revue, on tour

Now on tour: Courtney Act's The Girl from Oz revue. The Australian entertainer presents a look at her home country in her own irreverent way with themes on that other version of Oz. (Not for kids!) Coming soon to:

  • July 13, 2017: Egyptian Theater, Seattle, Washington
  • June 16-18, 2017: Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • August 9-11, 2017: UnderBelly Festival, London, England, United Kingdom
  • August 13-26, 2017: Circus Hub, Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

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

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

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.

The Origins of Oz documentary, national cablecast and on the Internet

Now playing: The Origins of Oz documentary, Smithsonian Channel cablecast and the Internet. This look at the Oz phenomenon and its influence has the following broadcasts scheduled (all times listed are EDT/PDT):

  • (No showing currently scheduled.)

You can also watch it online at the program's website, at http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/origins-of-oz-the/0/137669.

Lost in Oz series, Internet streaming

Now playing: Lost in Oz, Amazon Video streaming. This new animated series from Amazon tells the story of Dorothy, a modern-day girl, and her dog Toto, who are whisked to Oz when Dorothy opens one of her mother's old books. 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. The pilot is currently available at https://www.amazon.com/Lost-in-Oz/dp/B00Z89MYTI/, and the reaction to it was so strong that it has been picked up for a series, which should be available soon. So now they have Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure, with more scenes and previews of the upcoming first season (https://www.amazon.com/Lost-in-Oz/dp/B00Z89MYTI/), with the trailer above.

The Wizard of Oz puppet show, Kansas City, Missouri

Now through July 9, 2017: The Wizard of Oz puppet show, Menser Puppet Theater, Kansas City, Missouri. This is an original adaptation of L. Frank Baum's first Oz story, presented with puppets. For more information, or to buy tickets, go to http://mesnerpuppets.org/index.php/2015-12-07-05-37-12/2014-07-31-17-34-13.

Baum and Garland Incomparabales! exhibit, Syracuse, New York

Now through July 31, 2017: Baum and Garland Incomparabales! exhibit, Maryott Syracuse Downtown hotel, Syracuse, New York. The Lyman Frank Baum Foundation celebrates local native son and his creation, The Wizard of Oz, with an exhibit in the historic hotel. Celebrated will be the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland for her ninety-fifth birthday, Garland costume collector Michael Siewert, and Garland tribute artist Peter Mac. The exhibit is free to the public. For more information, see the Foundation's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Lyman-Frank-Baum-Foundation-Inc-182342648464587/.

Toys from the Land of Oz exhibit, Kansas City, Missouri

Now through August 20, 2017: Toys from the Land of Oz exhibit, The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, Kansas City, Missouri. Explore the original literary story and its many retellings, including the 1939 Technicolor film, Return to Oz, and The Wiz, through playthings, first edition books, and original costumes at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. For more information, see the museum's website at http://toyandminiaturemuseum.org/.

June 2017

Journey with Dorothy, Beech Mountain, North Carolina

Every Friday in June, 2017: Journey with Dorothy, Land of Oz Park, Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Visit the Land of Oz Park at the top of Beech Mountain as one of Dorothy's friends—or a villain! Join Dorothy as she searches for the Wizard. For more information about this event, see the website at http://www.landofoznc.com/journeywithdorothy.

The Wizard of Oz movie, Portland, Oregon

June 29, 2017: The Wizard of Oz movie, Cinema 21 Theatre, Portland, Oregon. As a special pre-convention event for OzCon International, come see the world's most watched movie on the big screen. Hosted by movie historian John Fricke. For theater details see http://cinema21.com/, and to pre-order tickets go to https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=76248.

OzCon International, Portland, Oregon

June 30-July 2, 2017: OzCon International 2017: The 53rd Annual Winkie Convention, Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, Portland, Oregon. The world's longest-running Wizard of Oz convention comes to the Rose City again, bringing in Oz fans from all over the world. The theme book is The Lost Princess of Oz, and other books celebrating anniversaries this year have nomes, so Ozma and nomes will be celebrated. And the major Saturday evening show will be a recreation of the 1933-34 Wizard of Oz radio show. So make plans now and keep an eye on http://www.ozconinternational.com/our-next-convention.html and https://www.facebook.com/events/161861314230831/ for more information.

July 2017

The Wizard of Oz train ride, Bryson City, North Carolina

July 14-August 6, 2017: The Wizard of Oz train ride, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson, North Carolina. This vintage scenic railway offers a summer Wizard of oz themed ride, with two trips every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For more information, or to purchase tickets, see the railway's website at http://www.gsmr.com/events/wizard-of-oz#.WOo3uVPyv_R, or its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/195868987565565/.

August 2017

National Wizard of Oz Convention 2017, Orland Park, Illinois

August 3-6, 2017: National Wizard of Oz Convention 2017, Chicago, Illinois. The Wizard is coming home! L. Frank Baum wrote The Wizard of Oz in Chicago, where it was also first published in 1900. The International Wizard of Oz Club brings its national convention to this suburb of the Windy City for a homecoming. Convention dues include admission to the Midwest Oz Fest the same weekend. For more information, see the event's website at http://ozclub.org/register-2017-national-convention/, or its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Oz-the-National-Convention-190570977682557/?fref=ts.

Midwest Oz Fest 2017, Tinley Park, Illinois

August 4-6, 2017: Midwest Oz Fest 2017, Tinley Park, Illinois. The southwest suburbs of Chicago are hosting a big festival, with vendors and food and rides and games and parades and all the rest. It's early still, but to stay on top of the festival's progress, keep an eye on http://midwestozfest.com/, or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Midwest-Wizard-of-Oz-Festival/577056169054982.

Wizard of Oz Festival Illinois, Mapleton, Illinois

August 12, 2017: Wizard of Oz Festival Illinois, Mapleton, Illinois. The annual celebration of Oz in this Illinois town. For more infarmation, see the event's website at http://www.hollispark.org/oz-fest, and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Wizardofozfest/.

The Wizard of Oz outdoor screening, Coronado, California

August 25, 2017: The Wizard of Oz outdoor screening, Hotel del Coronado, Coronado, California. L. Frank Baum spent many winters in Coronado (the only standing house he lived in is on the island, close to the hotel), and he has several ties to the Del. So it's appropriate that one of this year's Movies on the Beach is the famous 1939 film version of The Wizard of Oz. Seating starts at 7:00 pm, and the movie starts at 8:00 pm. For more information, see https://hoteldel.com/activities/movies-on-the-beach/.

Wizard of Oz Days, New London, Missouri

August 26-27, 2017: Wizard of Oz Days Festival, New London City Park, New London, Missouri. The community throws a party celebrating Oz. For more information, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/374941192901941/.

September 2017

Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina

September 8-10, 2017: 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.

Wizard of Oz Festival Ohio, Macedonia, Ohio

September 22-24, 2017: Wizard of Oz Festival Ohio, Macedonia, Ohio. A new Oz festival debuts this year in Ohio. For more information, see the website at https://wizardofozohio.com/, the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wizardofozfestivalohio/, and the event's page at https://www.facebook.com/events/107542616480577/.

October 2017

Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas

October 7, 2017: 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 7, 2017: 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).

November/December 2017

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 throughout the season.

April 2018

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas

April, 2018: 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 2018

Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas

May (exact date to be announced), 2018: Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas. This town in Kansas celebrates The Wizard of Oz every year. For details, see http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Sedan&Kansas&Yellow+Brick+Road+Festival&City_ID=KS0604019&Event_ID=KS0604019e002&VE=Y or call 620-725-4033.

The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

May (exact date to be announced), 2018: The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. This annual 5K and half-marathon run raises money for local charities while the participants dress in Oz costumes as they make their ways to the Emerald City at the end. For more information, or to sign up, go to http://www.theozrun.com/. And if you want to find out a little more, including video of the 2016 run, see http://www.weau.com/content/misc/Oz-Run---Dec-19th-407438355.html.

June 2018

Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York

June (exact dates to be announced), 2018: Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York. L. Frank Baum's home town honors their favorite son with this annual festival (formerly known as Oz Fest). Events include a children's Oz costume contest; craft and vendor booths; the Munchkin Mile Kids Fun Run; and lots of other contests. For more information, see the festival's website at http://www.oz-stravaganza.com/, or the town's website at http://www.chittenango.org.

Wizard of Oz Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota

June (exact dates to be announced), 2018: Wizard of Oz Festival, Judy Garland Museum and environs, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Judy Garland's home town celebrates her most famous role in this annual festival, with events all over town spread out over three days. For more information, see the announcement at http://garlandletterfromhome.blogspot.com/2017/04/happy-spring-2017-wizard-of-oz-festival.html, and keep an eye on the museum's website at http://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/ for more information.

Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan

June (exact date to be announced), 2018: Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan. This Michigan town holds an annual Wizard of Oz festival. For details and schedule, see the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Wizardofozfestionia.

December 2019

Wicked movie

December 20, 2019: Wicked movie, theaters around the world. At long last, Universal has announced a release date for the film adaptation of the Tony-winning musical. No cast has been announced yet, but the director will be Stephen Daldry, Marc Platt (one of the show's producers on Broadway) will be a producer, and Winnie Holzman (book) and Stephen Schwartz (composer) will be reproducing their tasks from Broadway. Stay tuned for more details as they become available, including casting!