A heartfelt welcome to Chittenango, NY, and 39 years of celebrating the magical books and characters of Wizard of Oz author, L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) — in his own hometown!
The 2016 special guest is world-famous for his television, movie, and stage careers. Most fondly-remembered as “Balki” on the classic sitcom, Perfect Strangers, Bronson Pinchot has appeared in Beverly Hills Cop, Risky Business, The First Wives Club, and scores of other films and TV shows, including The Bronson Pinchot Project. But he comes here as a life-long Oz fan; it’s an honor and privilege to welcome him!
This year’s theme, THE WONDERFUL WOMEN OF OZ! Enables other celebrities to salute such Baum personalities as Dorothy, Glinda, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Ozma:
Actress Emma Ridley played Ozma – mystical, benevolent Oz princess — in Walt Disney’s cult-classic, Return to Oz (1985).
Grant Hayter-Menzies and Paul Miles Schneider remember, respectively, actors Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton: Glinda and the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz film. As a boy, Paul was Ms. Hamilton’s pen-pal; he’s authored the new Oz novels, Silver Shoes and The Powder of Life. Grant has written Ms. Burke’s biography, the acclaimed Mrs. Ziegfeld.
Myrna Swensen was married to MGM Munchkin, Clarence Swensen, and her reminiscences are always a much-treasured treat for Oz aficionados.
National radio/TV personality Ryan Jay shares his exclusive video of the stars and creators of NBC’s The Wiz Live!, plus his preview of the new Wizard of Oz Train Ride. The weekend’s emcee, popular John Fricke, is an Emmy Award-winning producer and best-selling Oz/Judy Garland author. And today’s original Oz writers and illustrators will once again hold forth in OZ-Stravaganza!’s “Authors’ Alley!”
It’s an all-star, 2016 jaunt down the Yellow Brick Road…click on the following link for schedule and additional activities, oz-stravaganza events .