Books on Screen: 80th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz brings classic film to The Ridgefield Playhouse on January 29

The Ridgefield Playhouse will screen The Wizard of Ozon Tuesday, January 29 at 7 p.m. This one-time showing is in honor of the classic film's 80th anniversary and will includes special insight from Turner Classic Movies.

Judy Garland stars as Dorothy Gale, a young Kansas farm girl who dreams of a land “somewhere over the rainbow.” Dorothy’s dream comes true when she, her dog, Toto, and her family’s house are transported by a tornado to a bright and magical world unlike anything she has seen before. Unfortunately, she makes a mortal enemy of a wicked witch when the house falls on the hag’s sister. Protected by a pair of enchanted ruby slippers and befriended by a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man with no heart and a cowardly lion, Dorothy sets off along a yellow brick road for the Emerald City to beseech the all-powerful Wizard of Oz for his help to return home.

Nominated for six Academy Awards and winner of two--Best Original Song, (“Over the Rainbow”) and Best Score--the film also stars Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley and Bert Lahr, as: the Wizard, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and The Cowardly Lion, respectively. Also starring are Billy Burke as Glinda, the good witch of the North, Clara Blandick as Aunty Em, and Margaret Hamilton as Miss Almira Gulch and The Wicked Witch of The West. The film was the inspiration for the novel and hugely popular Broadway Musical, Wicked.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is located at 80 East Ridge in Ridgefield, Conn. For tickets ($12.50), call 203-438-5795 or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.  

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