Monday, May 11, 2009

Fantasmo Special Edition: Wild Oz Film Festival

Hey Superfans!
Those of you who made it to our musical horror edition this month have already heard the exciting news, but for those of you who haven't brace yoursevles . . . there will be a special edition of Fantasmo this month focused on films that riff on The Wizard of Oz! Why are we doing this you may ask? Simple. The Broadway sensation Wicked is coming to town, and better still its creator Gregory Maguire will be at Chesapeake Central Library on May 28th @ 7:00 p.m.! Since Wicked is a wild take on the Oz story, your Team Fantasmo thought it only fitting that we provide a special Fantasmo to celebrate this momentous visit : )

While we're all familiar with the classic MGM film, there have been a host of Oz films over the years. These include everything from Chevy Chase (Under the Rainbow) to David Lynch (Wild At Heart). For this very special Fantasmo, we've picked a couple that are personal favorites. First off we'll be showing the 70's version of Oz, Sidney Lumet's The Wiz. This features an all-star cast including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, and Nipsey Russell (yes!). It's sort of Motown meets Oz, and the music is nothing short of awesome. Second up is the mid-80's Oz sequel Return to Oz. Starring Fairuza Balk (The Craft) and Nicol Willilamson (Venom), this film bombed because it took a decidedly darker spin on Baum's material (which is actually closer to the original story). Dorothy goes to a mental institution, the yellow brick road is destroyed, headless villains appear, and then there's The Wheelers (which you'll just have to find out about yourself). Great stuff! So without any further ado here are your full Wild Oz details:

When: Friday, May 22 @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Chesapeake Central Library, Chesapeake, VA, 23322

Films:

8:00 p.m.: The Wiz (1978) - Rated G

10:30 p.m.: Return to Oz (1985) - Rated PG

There you have it Superfans, another perfect lineup! So strap on your ruby slippers and get ready to take a delirious trip down the yellow brick road, witnessing these cultastic takes on Oz on our wickedly huge screen . . . the way they were meant to be seen! See you there!

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