'My life is loving people. It's a difficult kind of world to live in, but it's a great world, because I get satisfaction and I don't have any hang-ups about it! I belong to the people. As long as I can send them home saying, 'Gee, he made me feel happy, ' well, that's my life! That's what I work for, to give people joy.' Ray Bolger The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved movies of all time, and the Scarecrow is one of its most revered characters. Behind the character was a man of great spirit who guided his niece, Christianna Rickard, down the Yellow Brick Road of life. The unforgettable Ray Bolger taught her lessons that gave her courage and direction when a twister nearly blew her life off course. Great challenges swirl around all of us today on the unpredictable journey through life. In Remembering Oz: My Journey with the Scarecrow, the author shares vivid memories of her uncle and creates a vision of wholeness to remind us of our most essential bond that of being human. Her uncle, the Scarecrow, dances again in this uplifting memoir about the classic American story that mysteriously unites us all.
What if Dorothy Gale wasn't the only person who went to see the Wizard of Oz? MGM's landmark 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, did not mark the beginning of adventures in Oz. Both before and since, dozens of tales have been told of the Marvellous Land of Oz, and its inhabitants such as the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, the Hungry Tiger and Jack Pumpkinhead. In this fascinating and wide-ranging book, Paul Simpson looks back at the Famous Forty - the original novels by L. Frank Baum and his successors which entranced generations of children with their wonderful world of munchkins, princesses and wicked witches. He examines the many ways in which the stories have been retold in movies - from the silent era to Disney's recent blockbuster Oz the Great and Powerful - and on television, featuring everyone from Tom & Jerry to trades union leaders. On stage, Oz has come to life in the many revivals of The Wizard of Oz musical and the worldwide reign of Elphaba in the smash hit Wicked. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the world's best-loved film and the whole magical world of Oz with its vampires, muppets, dragons, living statues and so much more.
The Marketing and Consumption of Oz from L. Frank Baum to Broadway
Author: Kent Drummond
Category: Social Science
The Road to Wicked examines the long life of the Oz myth. It is both a study in cultural sustainability— the capacity of artists, narratives, art forms, and genres to remain viable over time—and an examination of the marketing machinery and consumption patterns that make such sustainability possible. Drawing on the fields of macromarketing, consumer behavior, literary and cultural studies, and theories of adaption and remediation, the authors examine key adaptations and extensions of Baum’s 1900 novel. These include the original Oz craze, the MGM film and its television afterlife, Wicked and its extensions, and Oz the Great and Powerful—Disney’s recent (and highly lucrative) venture that builds on the considerable success of Wicked. At the end of the book, the authors offer a foundational framework for a new theory of cultural sustainability and propose a set of explanatory conditions under which any artistic experience might achieve it.
Loving Mr. Right Now is a captivating saga about Mianca Garrett, a beautiful, sexy, single and hardworking woman, living in the heart of Chi-town with one problem. Loving a man who is simply Mr. Right Now. The man who cannot commit to her, the man that disappears for days on end, the man who allows her to live in a world of one-sided love, the man who revels in tantalizing her haven and often leaving her breathless and quivering for more. The man is Ozwel Becker, a.k.a., Oz.who is the epitome of a man. Tall, sexy, charismatic, and handsome with the best skill of all.a passionate and fulfilling sex stud that Mianca finds hard to resist. But when Duane Breaux enters the picture and shows her that the love she has can be reciprocated, she finds herself torn between the two, true love and true lust.until the devastating truth about one of them sends her into a violent rage and into the arms of the other.
Critical Essays on Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality and Disability
Author: Johnson Cheu
Category: Performing Arts
"This essay collection gathers recent scholarship on representations of diversity in Disney and Disney/Pixar films, exploring not only race and gender, but also newer areas of study. Covering a wide array of films this compendium highlights the social impact of the entertainment giant and reveals its cultural significance in shaping our global citizenry"--Provided by publisher.
L. Frank Baum's Novel, Its Sequels and Their Adaptations for Stage, Television, Movies, Radio, Music Videos, Comic Books, Commercials, and More
Author: Fraser A. Sherman
Category: Literary Criticism
"This book provides synopses and basic bibliographical information for the forty Oz books in the original series and a number of related books by the Royal Historians of Oz; synopses and credits for live performances, radio shows, performances on audiobook or vinyl records; educational films; comic adapatations, electronic games; websites; and scenes on TV or in movies"--Provided by publisher.
A gifted chef, restaurateur, and writer working at a time when Americans were beginning to take a new interest in their culinary heritage, Bill Neal (1950-1991) helped raise Southern food to national prominence. Having rescued spattered and faded recipe cards from the Chapel Hill restaurant they founded together, Bill's former wife and business partner, Moreton Neal, has compiled a book that embodies the diversity and range of his cooking and illustrates the aesthetic that he applied to making meals. Remembering Bill Neal features more than 150 recipes--most of them never published before--from all stages of Bill's career: classic French dishes from La Residence, Southern traditional cooking from Crook's Corner, and fast and easy recipes from home. Moreton's introductory passages and headnotes introduce Bill to readers and put his recipes in the context of his career and his legacy as a chef. Part cookbook, part memoir, this volume both instructs and entertains, showing the lasting importance of Bill Neal's influence in the American regional cooking movement as well as being a muse and a mentor to a generation of Southern home and professional cooks.
From the bedtime story by L. Frank Baum to the classic 1939 film, no story has captured the imaginations of generations of children — and adults — like The Wizard of Oz. The story of Dorothy’s journey through Oz, the colorful characters, places, songs, and dialogue have permeated popular culture around the world. The contributors to this volume take a very close look at The Wizard of Oz and ask the tough questions about this wonderful tale. They wonder if someone can possess a virtue without knowing it, and if the realm of Oz was really the dream or if Kansas was the dream. Why does water melt the Wicked Witch of the West and why does Toto seem to know what the other characters can’t seem to figure out? The articles included tackle these compelling questions and more, encouraging readers to have discussions of their own.
Looking at the American West from a broad range of perspectives, an illustrated chronicle presents full portraits of the different peoples involved in the West's settlement, including Asians, Hispanics, and Africans, examining the social and economic forces behind the settlement.