March 11, 2013 |
"The Wizard of Oz," starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton and Frank Morgan, is one of the most beloved films in all of cinema. In fact, according to the Library of Congress, the musical fantasy is the most-watched picture in history. But how did the film fare at the box office and with critics when it came out in 1939? "'The Wizard of Oz' was a moneymaker for its time," noted William Stillman, co-author of "The Wizardry of Oz: The Artistry and Magic of the 1939 M-G-M Classic," by email.
January 19, 1992 |
In an era when videos are king, children's bookstores that focus on children's books are a real treasure. Books of Wonder is the largest children's bookstore in New York City, and founders Peter Glassman and James Carey, along with "Cheers" producers Les Charles and James Burrows, opened the West Coast version in October. What makes this store so wondrous is its sense of history--it's hard to imagine that anything in children's literature is forgotten here.
October 5, 2006
In "The Wiz," Dorothy and friends brought a Tony Award-winning 1970s urban beat to the Land of Oz. Now the musical based on L. Frank Baum's classic, with book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, gets a 21st century re-envisioning from director Des McAnuff and original "Wiz" orchestrator Harold Wheeler, reflecting cultural changes since the show's original Broadway debut decades ago. David Alan Grier is the Wiz to Nikki M.
December 27, 2012
What's the South Winkie Get Together? It's an informal conference and lunch for the local branch of the International Wizard of Oz Club . On Jan. 12, they'll be meeting in Irvine to celebrate all aspects of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and the books that followed. The International Wizard of Oz Club was founded in 1957 by a 13-year-old who loved the Wizard of Oz. For a $1 annual membership, he distributed a newsletter called the Baum Bugle. The organization became more formal as it got older - it's now an official nonprofit - but it is chiefly a place for fans to share their enthusiasm.
January 16, 2014 |
Ruth Robinson Duccini, one of the last members of the troupe of diminutive actors who played Munchkins in the 1939 film classic "The Wizard of Oz," died Thursday after a brief illness at a hospice in Las Vegas, said her son, Fred Duccini. She was 95. The actress, who lived for many years in Los Angeles before moving to Arizona and later Nevada, was one of 124 "little people," then called midgets, who appeared with Judy Garland in the musical fantasy based on the novel by L. Frank Baum.
March 11, 2013 |
It's not long, Mark Twain's “Advice to Little Girls,” a bit of satire written in 1865 and newly reissued as a picture book (Enchanted Lion: 20 pp., $14.95), with a suite of charming, broad-stroke illustrations by Vladimir Radunsky . But it is sharp, a pointed set of admonitions urging girls to think for themselves, which is a message as essential today as it was a century-and-a-half ago. “Good little girls,” Twain begins, “ought not to make mouths at their teachers for every trifling offense.
May 20, 2005 |
Stuart Oken, who spent nine years developing new musicals for Disney such as "Aida" and "The Lion King," has left the company, moved to Chicago and come up with a new way of developing stage musicals. Oken's new program, created in partnership with Northwestern University faculty member Dominic Missimi, is called the American Music Theatre Project.