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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 is back touring Australia. Currently planned stops are:
    • Now through August 17, 2014: Regent Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria
    • Opening September 20, 2014: Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, Sydney, New South Wales
    • Opening February 15, 2015: Brisbane, Queensland

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 August 17, 2014: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    • Now through August 24, 2014: Capitol Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • 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:

  • (No reruns currently scheduled.)

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):

  • July 30: Encore Family, 11:55 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • August 3: Starz, 6:50 a.m.
  • August 8: Starz Kids & Family, 4:00 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
  • August 9: Starz Kids & Family, 1:15 a.m.
  • August 14: Starz, 7:10 a.m.
  • August 16: Starz Kids & Family, 11:30 a.m.
  • September 5: Encore Family, 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • September 9: Encore, 5:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

The movie may also available on Starz On Demand and 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, and the Encore page at http://www.encoretv.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):

  • September 5, 9:00 a.m.
  • September 8, 4:00 p.m.
  • September 24, 4:00 a.m.

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.


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.


Lions, Tigers and Bears…Oh My! Family Package, Washington, District of Columbia

Now through December 31, 2014: Lions, Tigers and Bears…Oh, My! Family Package, The Ritz-Carlton Washington and The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia. To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Smithsonian National Zoo (and the birth of new lion, tiger, and panda cubs) and the 75th anniversary of the famous film version of The Wizard of Oz, two of the toniest hotels in Washington are offering a family package celebrating both. Alongside staying overnight in a luxurious room or suite, kids receive a backpack with zoo and Oz souvenirs and activities, a stuffed lion, breakfast, cupcakes, an in-house movie, and visits to both the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Museum of American History, where the Ruby Slippers are on exhibit. For more information, see http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/03/prweb11689083.htm.


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, or read the articles at http://www.coronadonewsca.com/news/coronado_island_news/oz-con-a-celebration-of-the-wizard-of-oz-coming/article_fb4054da-ba95-11e3-ab4b-001a4bcf887a.html and http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/arts/2014-04-26/susans-travels-tours-trips/1776425122171.html. One event planned is a screening of the 3-D edition of The Wizard of Oz on Thursday, August 7, which will include a post-movie reception with Aljean Harmetz, author of The Making of The Wizard of Oz. For details on this, see http://coronadoislandfilmfest.com/ozcon.html


75 Years on the Yellow Brick Road seminar, Washington, District of Columbia

August 13, 2014: 75 Years on the Yellow Brick Road seminar, Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, District of Columbia. Oz expert and researcher Michael Patrick Hearn presents explores the creation and production of The Movie, in celebration of its seventy-fifth anniversary. The seminar begins at 6:45 p.m. For more information, see the Smithsonian's website at http://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/reserve.aspx?performanceNumber=229355.


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

Wizard of Oz doll auction, ebay

September 4-14, 2014: Wizard of Oz doll auction, ebay. To celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of The Movie and raise money for Habitat for Humanity, a number of famous designers have created original, one-of-a-kind costumes for the Tonner Doll Company. They will be auctioned off through ebay. For more information, or to sign up for the auction or updates, see the website at http://stores.ebay.com/Auction-Cause/Wizard-of-Oz-Doll-Auction.html.


The Wizard of Oz in 3-D IMAX, United Kingdom

September 12, 2014: The Wizard of Oz in 3-D IMAX, theaters across the United Kingdom. It was a hit last year in the United States, now it's time for The Movie to celebrate its seventy-fifth anniversary in the United Kingdom. Keep an eye on your local movie listings for more information. (While you're waiting, there's this article to read about it.)


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.


Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas

September 26-27, 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/.


October 2014

Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina

October 4-5, 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 4-5, 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).


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

October 31-November 23, 2014: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A New Musical world premiere staging, The Historic Everett Theatre, Everett, 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://www.historiceveretttheatre.org/component/content/article?layout=edit&id=180.


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!


April 2015

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

April, 2015: 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 2015

Wizard of Oz Month Celebration, the Internet

May 2015: 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.


Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas

May, 2015: 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 2015

Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York

June, 2015: 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://www.oz-stravaganza.com/, or the town's website at http://www.chittenango.org.


Judy Garland Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota

June, 2015: 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/index.html.


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