Other Oz events can also be found on the Wizard of Oz Calendar of Events page on Facebook.
- 1 Going on now
- 1.1 Wicked play, around the world
- 1.2 Ozmafia anime series, on the Internet
- 1.3 The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz, throughout the United Kingdom
- 1.4 Emerald City television series, NBC.com
- 1.5 Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Internet Streaming and Cablecast
- 1.6 Lost in Oz series, Internet streaming
- 1.7 Chronicles of Oz podcast, the Internet
- 1.8 The Royal Podcast of Oz, the Internet
- 1.9 Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me, National Public Radio
- 1.10 Hit the Bricks! podcast, the Internet
- 1.11 The Smallwood Sessions podcast, "The Podcast of Oz", the Internet
- 1.12 Down the Yellow Brick Pod podcast, the Internet
- 1.13 The Wonderful Recap of Oz podcast, the Internet
- 1.14 No Place Like Home podcast, the Internet
- 1.15 The Lost Princess of Oz podcast, the Internet
- 1.16 The Wizard of Oz: A Homegrown American Fairy Tale radio broadcast, BBC World Service
- 1.17 To Oz? To Oz! online convention, the Internet
- 1.18 The OzConnection, YouTube
- 1.19 Oz Talk, YouTube
- 1.20 Fifty Years of Oziana Readings, Youtube
- 1.21 American Experience: American Oz documentary, pbs.org
- 1.22 Wicked in Concert, pbs.org
- 1.23 Rainbow movie, Netflix
- 2 February 2023
- 3 March 2023
- 4 April 2023
- 5 May 2023
- 6 June 2023
- 7 July 2023
- 8 September 2023
- 9 October 2023
- 10 November/December 2023
- 11 February 2024
- 12 September 2024
- 13 December 2024
- 14 December 2025
- 15 To Be Announced
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:
- Gershwin Theater, Broadway, New York City, New York. Tickets may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com. For more details, go to wickedthemusical.com. For a "Behind the Emerald Curtain" tour on Saturday mornings, go to https://wickedthemusical.com/behind-the-emerald-curtain#scrolldown for details.
- The Apollo Victoria Theatre, The West End, London, England, United Kingdom. For more information, including booking tickets, see http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/.
- Wicked is also touring the United States and Canada. For more information and updates about the tour, see https://wickedthemusical.com/tickets/#tour. Here's the current schedule (locations and dates are subject to change):
- Now through February 12, 2023: Dr. Phillips Center, Orlando, Florida
- February 15-March 5, 2023: Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami, Florida
- March 8-26, 2023: The Straz Center, Tampa, Florida
- March 29-April 9, 2023: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, Florida
- April 12-May 7, 2023: The Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri
- May 10-28, 2023: Cobb Great Hall, Warton Center, East Lansing, Michigan
- May 31-July 2, 2023: The Hobby Center, Houston, Texas
- July 5-30, 2023: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia
- August 2-20, 2023: Peace Center, Greenville, South Carolina
- August 23-September 17, 2023: Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham, North Carolina
- January 24-February 18, 2024: Opera House, Detroit, Michigan
- July 24-August 25, 2024: Buelle Theatre, Denver, Colorado
- Wicked: A História Não Contada das Bruxas de Oz is returning to São Paolo, Brazil, opening March 9, 2023. For information and to book tickets, see https://teatrosantander.com.br/programacao/wicked.html (site is in Portuguese).
- A new Australian production opens in Sydney on August 25, 2023. For more information and to book tickets, go to https://wickedthemusical.com.au/.
- A new Japanese production is expected to debut in October 2023, produced by the Shiki Theatre Company. Keep an eye out for more information at https://www.shiki.jp/ (site is in Japanese, but click on "Language" for other options, including English).
- The latest UK/Ireland tour is also gearing up, with details at https://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/tour/. Current stops scheduled:
- December 7, 2023-January 14, 2024: Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
- January 23-February 25, 2024: Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, England
- March 5-April 7, 2024: Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, England
- April 16-May 19, 2024: Bradford Alhambra, Bradford, England
- May 23-June 16, 2024: Southampton Mayflower, Southampton, England
- June 20-July 14, 2024: Liverpool Empire, Liverpool, England
- July 23-September 15, 2024: Dublin Bold Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
- September 24-October 20, 2024: Sunderland Empire, Sunderland, England
- October 24-November 23, 2024: Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Wales
- December 3, 2024-January 12, 2025: Manchester Palace Theatre, Manchester, England
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
Lost in Oz series, Internet streaming
Chronicles of Oz podcast, the Internet
Now streaming: The Chronicles of Oz podcast, seasons 1, 2, and 3. This audio adaptation of the first three Oz books, each in six episodes, presents The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvellous Land of Oz, and Ozma of Oz. Produced by Crossover Adventure Productions out of Australia. All episodes, along with trailers and other materials, can be downloaded at http://chroniclesofoz.com/. And now available…
The Royal Podcast of Oz, the Internet
Now streaming: The Royal Podcast of Oz, podbean.com and other podcasting sites. Now running for over a decade, this podcast is devoted to all things Oz, with interviews, reviews, news, and other items of interest to Oz fans of all types. You can listen to or download all editions at https://anchor.fm/the-royal-podcast-of-oz/, or look for it on your favorite podcast site.
Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me, National Public Radio
Now streaming: Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me edition of May 11, 2019, npr.org. The popular current events quiz show recorded this episode in St. Louis, and got one of the city's most celebrated residents to play "Not My Job". Former Cardinals shortstop and Hall of Fame inductee Ozzie Smith was nicknamed "The Wizard of Oz" in his playing days, so naturally, he gets to answer questions about The Wizard of Oz! You can listen to the entire episode here, or just Smith's segment here.
Hit the Bricks! podcast, the Internet
Now playing: Hit the Bricks! podcast, the Internet. One hundred years after the events of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Gale farm is abandoned, and a new generation is off to have adventures in Oz. The first act has now dropped, with further episodes to come. For more information, see the show's website at https://hitthebricks.com/, and its Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/HitTheBricksPod/.
The Smallwood Sessions podcast, "The Podcast of Oz", the Internet
Now playing: "The Podcast of Oz" episode of The Smallwood Sessions podcast. To celebrate what would have been the 2020 edition of Chittenango's Oz-Stravaganza, this podcast about upstate New York celebrates Oz and creator L. Frank Baum's connections to the area. To listen, go to https://anchor.fm/josh-taylor87/episodes/Episode-22-The-Podcast-of-Oz-ef05f4.
Down the Yellow Brick Pod podcast, the Internet
Now playing: Down the Yellow Brick Pod podcast. This podcast takes a deep dive into the Oz books, one chapter at a time, and looks at all that they encompass. Available on many podcast sources, including Google Podcasts, and through this link.
The Wonderful Recap of Oz podcast, the Internet
Now playing: The Wonderful Recap of Oz podcast. This podcast recaps the Oz books, one per episode. Available Available on many podcast sources, including Google Podcasts, and through this link.
No Place Like Home podcast, the Internet
Now playing: No Place Like Home podcast. This podcast looks at the Ruby Slippers, how they were stolen in 2005 and found again in 2018, and all the background behind them, the production of The Movie, the life of Judy Garland, and more. Available on most podcasting sites. For more information, the show's website is at https://shows.cadence13.com/podcast/noplacelikehome.
The Lost Princess of Oz podcast, the Internet
Now playing: The Lost Princess of Oz podcast. A new, original Oz story for kids (of all ages), told in six parts, with songs, and presented by the Delaware Children's Theatre. Although based on Baum's writings, this is not the same story as his novel The Lost Princess of Oz. For more information, or to subscribe, see the show's website at https://www.thelostprincessofozpodcast.com/.
The Wizard of Oz: A Homegrown American Fairy Tale radio broadcast, BBC World Service
Now playing: The Wizard of Oz: A Homegrown American Fairy Tale radio documentary, BBC World Service and online streaming. This program looks at the origins and mythology of The Wizard of Oz and how it came about. It is currently available to listen or download online, anywhere in the world. Check the program's website at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct1rl9 to listen to it online, or to download it.
To Oz? To Oz! online convention, the Internet
To Oz? To Oz! online convention. With so many Oz events having to be cancelled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a bunch of them got together to present some of their events to a worldwide, online audience for free. The live portions of the convention have now ended, but if you go to https://ozis.us/, you can see many prerecorded talks and events.
The OzConnection, YouTube
The OzConnection, YouTube. OzCon International, the world's longest running Wizard of Oz convention, now has a YouTube channel at "The OzConnection", which features highlights of earlier cons and new material. The link is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQU5pEFZZ6n_vXvRalgclSg.
The OzConnection has recently started two shows specifically for their channel. The first is a talk show called "OZ:Connect", which you can find in a playlist at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-NAe0FKDXk&list=PLVNfENfXbx111GmnLLJFklUVGxPl1zUC-. The other new show is "Crypto-Oz-ology", short stories about all kinds of unusual happenings in Oz, which is in a playlist at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCoSH97u4ts&list=PLVNfENfXbx11g0DhXikoqyP0dslwHeC1h.
Oz Talk, YouTube
Oz Talk panel talk show, YouTube. Join five Oz friends as they discuss any and all Oz subjects under the sun. New episodes will drop every two weeks on the Official Oz Club's YouTube Channel. You can find the playlist for Oz Talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNINbbefPS4&list=PL3OVMLWgINCRfgeWZR8GPJOp11rR73Ssc.
Fifty Years of Oziana Readings, Youtube
Fifty Years of Oziana short story readings, YouTube. To celebrate fifty years of Oziana, the International Wizard of Oz Club's annual literary magazine, Club members read stories from the last five decades. Many authors have even revisited their own stories. You can see the playlist of all stories right here.
American Experience: American Oz documentary, pbs.org
American Experience: American Oz documentary, pbs.org. The recent PBS documentary, American Oz, about the life of L. Frank Baum and the creation of Oz (part of the American Experience series) is now available for viewing online, and streaming on the PBS app. To watch, go to https://www.pbs.org/video/american-oz-cvqd3p/. If you're not sure yet, here's the trailer:
Wicked in Concert, pbs.org
Rainbow movie, Netflix
Dorothy and the Prince of Oz ballet, Columbus, Ohio
February 10-12, 2023: Dorothy and the Prince of Oz ballet, Ohio Theatre, Columbus, Ohio. It was such a success in 2018 that BalletMet is bringing back this original Oz story told in ballet for a limited run. For more information, and to buy tickets, see the show's website at https://www.balletmet.org/performances/dorothy-and-the-prince-of-oz/.
Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas
March (exact date to be announced, we hope), 2023: 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/.
The Wiz, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
March 2-26, 2023: The Wiz, Fulton Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Tony-winning musical is revived in southeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, including ordering tickets, see the show's website at https://thefulton.org/shows/the-wiz/.
Nonpoint's "The Emerald Cities" concert tour
Nonpoint's "The Emerald Cities" concert tour, throughout the southeastern United States. The Florida metal band's latest regional tour immerses concert goers in a twisted Wizard of Oz-themed show. Special guests include Blacktop Mojo and Sumo Cyco. The following stops on this tour have been announced:
- March 2, 2023: Elevation 27, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- March 3, 2023: Hard Times Four Mile Park, Fredericksburg, Virginia
- March 4, 2023: Hooligans, Jacksonville, North Carolina
- March 5, 2023: Hangar 1819, Greensboro, North Carolina
- March 7, 2023: Capones, Johnson City, Tennessee
- March 8, 2023: Ground Zero, Spartanburg, South Carolina
- March 10, 2023: The Ritz Ybor, Tampa, Florida
- March 11, 2023: Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- March 12, 2023: Underbelly, Jacksonville, Florida
- March 14, 2023: Barrelhouse Ballroom, Chattanooga, Tennessee
- March 15, 2023: Basement East, Nashville, Tennessee
- March 17, 2023: Masquerade (Hell), Atlanta, Georgia
- March 18, 2023: Point Cadet Plaza, Biloxi, Mississippi
- March 19, 2023: Rev Room, Little Rock, Arkansas
- March 21, 2023: Bottleneck, Lawrence, Kansas
- March 22, 2023: Vanguard, Tulsa, Oklahoma
- March 24, 2023: Warehouse Live, Houston, Texas
- March 25, 2023: Trees, Dallas, Texas
- March 26, 2023: Rock Box, San Antonio, Texas
The Woggle Bug puppet show, Farmington, Connecticut
March 24 and 25, 2023: The Woggle Bug puppet show, Farmington, Connecticut. The Offsite Connecticut Theatre presents this puppet adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1905 stage extravaganza, based on The Marvelous Land of Oz. For more information, and to order tickets when they are available, see the show's website at https://littlecamptheatrepuppets.homesteadcloud.com/show. And look for the theatre's upcoming adaptations of the 1902 stage play of 'The Wizard of Oz and the 1914 musical The Tik-Tok Man of Oz by keeping an eye on https://littlecamptheatrepuppets.homesteadcloud.com/1-hour-revivals.
Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas
April 22, 2023: 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/.
Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana
May (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana. One of the most celebrated Wizard of Oz festivals is back! For more information, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays/.
Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas
May (exact dates to be announced), 2023: 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 (most likely, exact date to be announced), 2023: 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 https://www.raceentry.com/oz-run/race-information. 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.
Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York
June (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York. This village in upstate New York honors its native son, L. Frank Baum, with an annual festival honoring his creation, the Land of Oz. For more information, see the event's website at http://www.oz-stravaganza.com/.
Judy Garland Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
June (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Judy Garland Festival, Judy Garland Museum and environs, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Judy Garland's home town celebrates her in this annual festival, with events all over town spread out over several days. For more information, keep an eye on the event's website at https://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/.
The Wizard of Oz stage show, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
June 24-July 15, 2023: The Wizard of Oz stage show, Fulton Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The stage version of the famous movie version becomes a Saturday matinée summer event in southeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, including buying tickets, see the show's website at https://thefulton.org/shows/the-wizard-of-oz/.
OzCon International, Pomona, California
July 28-30, 2023: OzCon International, Kellogg West Conference Center and Hotel, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Pomona, California. The world's longest continuously running Wizard of Oz convention is back for its first live, weekend-long edition in four years. The theme will be animation and Oz. For updates and further details, check out http://www.ozconinternational.com/. Registration is now open at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5659038. If you want to see any of the videos presented at the 2020 and 2021 online versions of the convention, you can now watch many of them through the OzConnection YouTube channel, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQU5pEFZZ6n_vXvRalgclSg/featured.
Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina
September (exact dates to be announced), 2023: 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, including when tickets go on sale, check out https://www.landofoznc.com/autumnatoz.
Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan
September (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan. This Michigan town holds an annual Wizard of Oz festival. For details and schedule, see the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MichiganWizardofozfest/.
Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas
October (exact date to be announced), 2023: 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), 2023: 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).
Wizard of Oz Festival Ohio, Aurora, Ohio
October (dates to be announced), 2023: Wizard of Oz Festival Ohio, Aurora, Ohio. For more information, see the website at https://wizardofozohio.com/, and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wizardofozfestivalohio/.
Wizard of Oz Days, Macon, Missouri
October (exact date to be announced), 2023: Wizard of Oz Days, Hannibal, Missouri. For complete details, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays.
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 updates.
The Wiz holiday cablecasts, BET
The Wiz holiday cablecasts, BET. The cable channel BET has holiday time airings of the 1978 film adaptation of The Wiz, starring Diana Ross as Dorothy, Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, Lena Horne as Glinda, and Richard Pryor as the Wiz. Keep checking back for updates.
If I Only Had Christmas television movie, The Hallmark Channel
If I Only Had Christmas television movie, The Hallmark Channel. A Hallmark Christmas romance movie, first shown in 2020 and based (extremely loosely) on The Wizard of Oz! Candace Cameron Bure stars as Darcy Gale, a publicist who teams up with Huck, a cynical business owner played by Neil Webb, to help out a charity in need. It gets many showings at Christmas, and occasionally at other times through the year. For more details and a sneak peek behind the scenes, take a look at the news report on the Entertainment Tonight website. And here's another report with another preview. Finally, here's the movie's page on the channel's website.
Toto movie premiere, North American (at least) theaters
February 2, 2024: Toto movie premiere, theaters throughout North America (and possibly other parts of the world). The new animated movie, based on the book Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Chichester Clark, tells the story of The Wizard of Oz from Toto's perspective. Keep watching here for casting and other news.
CharlOz Interdisciplinary Festival, Charlotte, North Carolina
September 27-29, 2024: CharlOz Interdisciplinary Festival, Charlotte, North Carolina. Central North Carolina is hosting a major interdisciplinary academic conference on all things Oz. Most events will be on the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus, but some events will be in the downtown core as well. For more information, see the event's website at https://charloz.charlotte.edu/.
Wicked part 1 movie, cinemas worldwide
December (exact date to be announced), 2024: Wicked movie, Part 1, cinemas worldwide. The musical adaptation of Gregory Maguire's novel about the witches of Oz is proving to be too much story for just one movie, so it's been split into two! The first half is coming out for the 2024 holiday season. Keep an eye out for further announcements, including further casting (aside from Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, Ariana Grande as Galinda, Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero, and Ethan Slater as Boq) and an exact date.
Wicked part 2 movie, cinemas worldwide
December (exact date to be announced), 2025: Wicked movie, Part 2, cinemas worldwide. The musical adaptation of Gregory Maguire's novel about the witches of Oz is proving to be too much story for just one movie, so it's been split into two! The second half is coming out for the 2025 holiday season. Keep an eye out for further announcements, including an exact date.
To Be Announced
Midwest Oz Fest, Location To Be Announced
Midwest Oz Fest, Location To Be Announced. The southwest suburbs of Chicago last hosted an Oz festival in 2019. There have yet to be any announcements of future events, but keep an eye on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MidwestWizardOfOzFestival/.