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The Wizard of Oz play, North American tour

On tour: Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz play, throughout North America. It was a hit in London, it was a hit in Toronto, and now it's touring North America, with Over the Rainbow winner and Toronto Dorothy Danielle Wade starring. The following tour dates and stops have been announced:

  • Now through April 27, 2014: Devos Hall, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • April 30-May 11, 2014: Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago, Illinois
  • May 13-18, 2014: Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri
  • May 28-June 1, 2014: Lyric Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland
  • June 3-8, 2014: The Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • June 10-15, 2014: Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri
  • June 17-29, 2014: Detroit Opera House, Detroit, Michigan

Further tour stops are expected to be announced later. For full details on the tour and to buy tickets, see http://www.wizardofozthemusical.com/tickets-worldwide/. For more information about the show, see http://www.wizardofozthemusical.com/.


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 will be returning soon to Australia, now that it's wrapped up its run in Auckland, New Zealand. It will reopen in Melbourne on May 7, 2014, to be followed by a new Australian tour, with the next stops in Sydney and Brisbane. See http://www.wickedthemusical.com.au/ for details and tickets.
  • Wicked: El Musical is now playing at the Teatro Telcel in Mexico City. For more information or tickets, see the show's website at http://wickedelmusical.com.mx/.
  • The South American premiere of Wicked looks like it will be in São Paulo, Brazil in 2015.
  • Wicked is also touring the United States and Canada. For more information and updates about the tour, see http://www.wickedthemusical.com/#WickedCitiesOnTour or http://www.musicalschwartz.com/wicked-tour.htm. Here's the current schedule (locations and dates are subject to change):
    • Now through May 4, 2014: Morrison Center, Boise, Idaho
    • Now through May 4, 2014: Landmark Theater, Richmond, Virginia
    • May 7-25, 2014: Orpheum Theater, Omaha, Nebraska
    • May 7-25, 2014: INB Performing Arts Center, Spokane, Washington
    • May 28-June 15, 2014: Community Center Theatre, Sacramento, California
    • May 28-June 29, 2014: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    • June 18-July 6, 2014: Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma
    • July 2-20, 2014: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    • July 6-August 24, 2014: Capitol Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • July 23-August 17, 2014: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    • August 20-30, 2014: Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Canada
    • August 27-September 14, 2014: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose, California
    • September 3-November 2, 2014: Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • September 17-October 5, 2014: Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • October 8-November 9, 2014: Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada
    • November 5-23, 2014: The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford, Connecticut
    • November 12-December 7, 2014: Civic Theatre, San Diego, California
    • December 10, 2014-January 4, 2015: Detroit Opera House, Detroit, Michigan
    • December 10, 2014-February 1, 2015: Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California
    • January 28-February 15, 2015: The Peace Center, Greenville, South Carolina
    • February 18-March 8, 2015: Fix Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia
    • March 11-29, 2015: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, Florida
    • April 1-26, 2015: The Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland
    • June 3-July 5, 2015: Buell Theatre, Denver, Colorado
    • July 8-August 2, 2015: Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington
    • August 5-23, 2015: Keller Auditorium, Portland, Oregon
    • August 26-October 24, 2015: ASU Gammage, Tempe, Arizona

Once Upon a Time national broadcast

Now playing: Once Upon a Time national broadcast, ABC network and online. They've been teasing it ever since the show began, but the show about fairy tale characters interacting with our own world has finally gotten to Oz, with the Wicked Witch of the West becoming part of the story for the rest of the season. The following episodes are scheduled:

  • April 27: "A Curious Thing"
  • May 4: "Kansas"

All showings are scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT. Check your local listings for exact time and channel in your area. For more information, or to watch episodes you missed, see the show's website. Episodes are also available to watch at http://www.hulu.com/once-upon-a-time. You can view the second half teaser trailer and learn more about what's going on in the show here.


Oz the Great and Powerful movie national cablecast

Now playing: Oz the Great and Powerful movie, national cablecast, Starz and Encore channels. Now that it's had a good run in theaters and been released on home video, it's time to watch the latest Oz movie on premium cable! Oz the Great and Powerful has the following showtimes scheduled (all times listed are EDT):

  • April 28, Starz, 5:10 p.m.
  • April 29, Starz, 9:10 a.m.

The movie may also available on Starz On Demand through and on Starz Play. For more information and possible future showtimes, see the movie's Starz web page at http://www.starz.com/movies/titles/ozthegreatandpowerful/18741. Check your local listings for exact times and channels in your area.


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 television showings currently scheduled.)

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


The Wonderful Wizard of Song revue, New York City, New York

Now playing: The Wonderful Wizard of Song revue, St. Luke's Theatre, New York City, New York. This Off-Broadway show celebrates the music of Harold Arlen, one of America's greatest songwriters. Among his classics are the songs from The Wizard of Oz. Shows are Wednesdays through Sundays at 8:00 p.m., and tickets cost $39.50 and $69.50. For more information, or to purchase tickets, see the show's website at http://www.thewonderfulwizardofsong.com/.


"Not in Kansas Anymore" episode of Fame, on the Internet

Now playing: "Not in Kansas Anymore" episode of Fame, hulu.com. Episodes of the classic series Fame are now available to watch on the Internet, including this Oz-themed episode. Doris, after finding out that she's not eligible to be in the next show, conks herself on the head and dreams that the School for the Arts has been transformed into Oz, with all of her friends and teachers playing its citizens. To watch, go to http://www.hulu.com/watch/151850/fame-not-in-kansas-anymore.


"The Wizard of Paws/Pinocchio Penguin" episode of Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater, on the Internet

Now playing: "The Wizard of Paws/Pinocchio Penguin" episode of Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater, hulu.com. Hello Kitty and the gang put on their own version of The Wizard of Oz (and Pinocchio, too). To watch, go to http://www.hulu.com/watch/120366#s-p3-so-i0.


The Shirley Temple Storybook Collection: The Land of Oz, on the Internet

Now playing: The Land of Oz episode of The Shirley Temple Storybook Collection, hulu.com. This 1961 episode of Temple's show adapts the second Oz book. Features Temple herself as Ozma and Tip, Agnes Moorehead as Mombi, Jonathan Winters as General Nikidik, Sterling Holloway as Jack Pumpkinhead, Ben Blue as the Scarecrow, Gil Lamb as the Tin Woodman, and Mel Blanc as the voice of the Sawhorse. To watch for free on hulu.com, go to http://www.hulu.com/watch/369199.


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.


The Wonderful Wizardry of Baum exhibit, Buffalo, New York

Now on exhibit: The Wonderful Wizardry of Baum exhibit, Rare Book Room, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Main Branch, Buffalo, New York. Not so far from his original upstate New York home, Oz creator L. Frank Baum gets a retrospective in this exhibit of the first editions of many of his works. For more information, including preview pictures, see the exhibit's website at http://www.buffalolib.org/content/now-display/rare-book-room/baum-exhibit.


Off to See the Wizards: Arts and Science exhibit, Pueblo, Colorado

Now through May 31: Off to See the Wizards: Arts and Science exhibit, Buell Children's Museum, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, Colorado. This museum exhibit links the arts, science, and The Wizard of Oz together for kids of all ages. There's even an exhibit of Oz memorabilia and a dress-up area. For more information, see the show's website at http://www.sdc-arts.org/buell_current.html.


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz children's museum exhibit, Clarksville, Tennessee

Now through June 26, 2014: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz children's museum exhibit, Custom House Museum, Clarksville, Tennessee. The exhibit based on the original Oz book comes to Tennessee. Further information will be posted when available. Keep an eye on the exhibit's website at http://customshousemuseum.org/news/the-wonderful-wizard-of-oz-is-almost-here. Running concurrently is "There's No Place Like Oz: Memorabilia from the Collection of Dr. John Olson", a local collector. You can find out more about this exhibit at http://customshousemuseum.org/temporary-exhibits/theres-no-place-like-oz.


Hollywood Costume exhibit, Phoenix, Arizona

Now through July 6, 2014: Hollywood Costume exhibit, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona. It was a big hit in London, so now the exhibit of some of the most iconic movie costumes hits the road. Phoenix will be one of the few American stops, and its only one on the west coast. Among the items on display are Ruby Slippers and one of Judy Garland's dresses from The Wizard of Oz. For more information, see the exhibit's website at http://www.phxart.org/exhibition/hollywoodcostume.


The ABC of It exhibit, New York City, New York

Now through September 7, 2014: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter, Gottesman Exhibition Hall, Stephan A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library, New York City, New York. The New York Public Library system trolled its holdings and archives for items that examine why children's books are so important and influential on our lives. Among the items on display are the original Winnie the Pooh and his friends, P. L. Travers' parrot-headed umbrella and the doll that inspired her to create Mary Poppins, and three of W. W. Denslow's original drawings for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. For more information, including hours and directions, see the exhibit's website.


26 Characters Celebrating Childhood Story Heroes photography exhibit, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Now through November 2, 2014: 26 Characters Celebrating Childhood Heroes photography exhibit, Story Museum, Oxford, Oxfordshire. In this exhibit, twenty-six of Britain's well-known children's writers disguised themselves as twenty-six characters from children's literature and allowed themselves to be photographed by Cambridge Jones. Just wait until you see the photograph of Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman! For more information about the exhibit, see the museum's website at http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/26Characters.


April 2014

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz Road Race, Olathe, Kansas

April 26, 2014: Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas. Well, if you're going to organize a long-distance run in Kansas, you may as well make it Oz-themed. For details, including course routes and registration information, check out the website at ozmarathon.com.


May 2014

Wizard of Oz Month Celebration, the Internet

May, 2014: 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 http://www.live365.com/stations/tc_arts_ent. You can also look for the station at http://www.athena365.com/index.live and on itunes Adult Contemporary radio.


Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return movie, in theaters throughout the United States and Canada

Opens May 9, 2014: Legends of Oz: Dorothy Returns movie, in theaters throughout the United States and Canada (at least). This 3-D CGI animated musical movie, based on the book Dorothy of Oz by Roger S. Baum, has been in production for some time, and it now has a distributor and release date. The movie features the voices of Lea Michele as Dorothy, Dan Aykroyd as the Scarecrow, Kelsey Grammer as the Tin Man, Jim Belushi as the Cowardly Lion, Bernadette Peters as Glinda, Martin Short as the Jester, Megan Hilty as the China Princess, and Patrick Stewart as Tugg. For more information about the movie, see its website at http://legendsofozmovie.com/.


Pickering Church Flower Festival, Ryedale, England, Great Britain

May 23-June 2, 2014: Pickering Church Flower Festival, Pickering, England, Great Britain. The theme for this year's flower festival will be The Wizard of Oz, as the church grounds and much of the surrounding town will be taken over by flower exhibits of all sorts. Even the famous local steam train will have a Wizard of Oz week. For more information, see the church's website, the town's website, and the railroad's website.


Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas

May 24-25, 2014: 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 2014

Oz-Stravaganza and National Oz Convention, Chittenango, New York

June 5-8, 2014: Oz-Stravaganza and National Oz Convention, 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://oz-stravaganza.com, or the town's website at http://www.chittenango.org. Plus, this year's Oz-Stravaganza will also be host to the International Wizard of Oz Club's National Convention. Keep an eye on the Club's website and Facebook page for more information about the Club's events.


Judy Garland Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota

June 10-15, 2014: 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 http://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/events.html.


July 2014

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A New Musical world premiere, Renton, Washington

July 3-20, 2014: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A New Musical world premiere staging, Renton Theatre, Renton, Washington. This show has been in development for a long time, but it looks like the light at the end of the tunnel is finally coming through. For more details and updates, see the show's website at http://wwozanewmusical.webs.com/, its Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wonderful-Wizard-of-Oz-A-New-Musical/270290333002736?ref=stream, and the theater's page (with links to buy tickets) at http://rentoncivictheatre.org/the-wonderful-wizard-of-oz-a-new-musical/.


August 2014

Winkie Convention, San Diego, California

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August 8-10, 2014: Winkie Convention, Town and Country Hotel, San Diego, California. The western convention of the International Wizard of Oz Club celebrates its fiftieth edition with a big event, back in its southern California roots. As well as its own anniversary, the convention commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of the famous movie version of The Wizard of Oz and the hundredth anniversary of the book Tik-Tok of Oz. For more information, see the event's website at http://ozconinternational.com/, or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/417830305000571/. And you can register online at http://ozconinternational.com/registration.html. The nearby town of Coronado, where L. Frank Baum spent many winters and wrote some of his books, is starting the celebration even earlier, with events starting in late July. For more information on events in Coronado, see http://www.ozconinternational.com/coronado-events.html.


Oz Fest Illinois, Mapleton, Illinois

August 16, 2014: Oz Fest Illinois, Butler Haynes Park, Mapleton, Illinois. This one day festival, at the site of a permanent Wizard of Oz children's garden, will feature Oz characters, an Oz costume parade, an Oz puppet show, exhibitions, vendors, and more. For more information, see the festival's Facebook page.


Wizard of Oz-Spectacular! Fundraiser, Syracuse, New York

August 22-24, 2014: Wizard of Oz-Spectacular! fundraiser, Baum and Neal House, Syracuse, New York. To raise funds for the preservation of the house where L. Frank Baum met Maud Gage, the woman who would become his wife, the Lyman Frank Baum Foundation is holding a fundraiser at the house. This year's celebration commemorates seventy-five years of the famous film version of The Wizard of Oz, and one hundred years of the novel Tik-Tok of Oz. For more information, see the event's Facebook page.


September 2014

Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas

September, 2014: 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/.


Midwest Oz Fest 2014, Orland Park, Illinois

September 19-21, 2014: Midwest Oz Fest 2014, Orland Park, Illinois. To celebrate seventy-five years of the famous movie version of The Wizard of Oz, 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://www.midwestozfest.com/home.html, or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Midwest-Wizard-of-Oz-Festival/577056169054982.


October 2014

Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina

October, 2014: 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.autumnatoz.com/.


OzFest, Liberal, Kansas

October, 2014: 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 event's website (and be sure to call 1-800-LIBERAL to confirm event and dates, as the website is a bit sparse on information).


November 2014

Wizard of Oz Festival and movie showing, Naperville and Woodridge, Illinois

November, 2014: Wizard of Oz Festival, Hollywood Palms Cinema, Naperville, Illinois, and Hollywood Boulevard Cinema, Woodridge, Illinois. The theaters' annual showing of The Wizard of Oz. For details, see the cinemas' Special Events page or the Facebook page.


The Wizard of Oz and the Western Cultural Imagination conference, Brighton, England, United Kingdom.

November 21-22, 2014: The Wizard of Oz and the Western Cultural Imagination conference, University of Brighton, Brighton, England, United Kingdom. To commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the famous film version of The Wizard of Oz, this academic conference will examine the cultural impact of The Movie on society, and other things. You can find out more, including how to submit a presentation, at http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/research/research-conferences/the-wizard-of-oz-and-the-western-cultural-imagination.


November/December 2014

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. For more information, see TNT's dedicated pages for the movie at http://www.tnt.tv/movies/movietitle/?oid=2086&iref=sitesearch, and TBS's at http://www.tbs.com/movies/movietitle/0,,12281%7C%7C,00.html.


December 2014

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus animated special, national cablecast

December, 2014: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus animated special, ABC Family Channel national cablecast. During the channel's annual 25 Days of Christmas programming throughout December, there's always a block of the old classic Rankin-Bass animated specials, which usually includes the 1985 production of The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, based on the book by L. Frank Baum. Watch this space for announcements!


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