The Spring 2020 issue welcomes exciting new interpretations of Oz by young artists and scholars. Our cover story, “Broadway Melody of Oz,” is an in-depth interview with photographer Curtis Brown and costume designer Beck Jones about their photo series “Broadway Celebrates Oz,” in which current Broadway stars pay tribute to the Oz characters and the 80th anniversary of the MGM film. Images from the photoshoots grace our covers and the article inside, along with examples of Jones’ original design scrapbooks.
“Tomorrow’s Scholars Today” features the work of seven current undergraduate students at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, wrestling with the meaning of L. Frank Baum’s expression “the modern fairy tale” and whether or not it truly applies to “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
The issue also includes a look at Mary Dickerson Donahey, L. Frank Baum’s contemporary, who may have been offered the Oz series by Reilly & Lee; a collector’s guide to the View-Master “Wizard of Oz” slides; and a deeper look at a famous illustration from “The Patchwork Girl of Oz.” The issue concludes with an affectionate look back at “The Wizard of Oz in Concert” on its 25th anniversary.
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