Before Walt Disney Pictures cast their sights on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the world was probably most familiar with the 1939 ultimate classic, Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer's Wizard of Oz movie adaptation starring Judy Garland. That is of course until 2003 when Broadway was taken by storm with Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches, better known as Wicked the Musical. Wicked is the world's 12th longest running Broadway show, based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire parallel novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, based both on the 1939 The Wizard of Oz film and the original L. Frank Baum story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In 2004 the original Wicked Broadway production won one of eleven Tony Award nominations, six Drama Desk awards and four Outer Critics Circle Awards. In 2005 the musical took home a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. Since 2003 the Broadway show has won thirty two awards of the sixty three nominations.
On the 8th March 2013 the highly anticipated Walt Disney Pictures Oz the Great and Powerful will arrive in cinemas, adding yet another instalment to the collection of Oz adaptations. Starring James Franco, the Spider-Man franchises' Harry Osborn, we'll be transported to the Land of Oz once again. To get us all geared up and in wizard mode for the soon to released Disney Picture, the Disney parks are hosting all kinds of wizarding fun to whisk us away to this whimsical world.
On the 24th February over at Walt Disney World Epcot's World ShowPlace, the Disney Parks Blog held an Oz the Great and Powerful meet up, which not only showed an advanced screening of Oz the Great and Powerful in RealD-3D, but treated guests to new fim previews of Disney's The Lone Ranger, starring Jonny Depp, Iron Man 3 and Disney Pixar's Monsters University. On the 9th March, the day after the release of the movie, Disneyland California's Downtown Disney Wonder Ground Gallery will exhibit artwork by Joey Chou inspired by the film. This is all in addition to the Land of Oz Garden we recently told you about, that can be explored throughout the duration of Disney's annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2013.
Attraction Tickets Direct has a range of Disney tickets and attraction tickets for you to get swept away in all the wizardry leading up to the launch of Walt Disney Pictures Oz the Great and Powerful. If you're about to embark on a New York break check out Attraction Tickets Direct's New York Broadway theatre tickets to see Wicked on Broadway and if you've got a Disney holiday planned for the Spring, be sure to head to the Land of Oz Garden at Epcot.
Oz the Great and Powerful hits cinemas on the 8th March 2013!