I am wearing:
– Blue and white checked halterneck dress (thrifted)
– White long sleeved top from Face Off
– Grey tights from Sportsgirl
– Ruby Slippers
– Amethyst ring.
I decided to dress as Dorothy today, to go shopping and to go and visit some friends that are moving away soon. I left my makeup pretty natural, and added a few small brainds in my hair to complete the look (I felt that wearing pigtails with this outfit was a little too obvious).
Last night, Ross and I checked out The Wiz, another Wizard of Oz adaptation that I have never seen before. It is an African-American re-imagining of the Wizard, featuring a more suburban setting and a Motown soundtrack. It stars Diana Ross as Dorothy and Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow. Overall, I really enjoyed the WIz. It was a pretty good re-telling of the original story, and managed to really capture the spirit of the tale. The music was excellent and the characters were quite good. I loved Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, his performance was wonderful and quite touching. If I have one gripe with the film, it was that it was a little long. Towards the end, the song-and-dance numbers became too numerous and the story really started to drag a bit. We actually fast-forwarded through Dorothy’s final song, because it was getting so tedious. If you like Motown music, or are interested in checking out a more modern re-telling of the Wizard of Oz, I would give the Wiz a shot.
Here are some fun trivia facts about Dorothy:
– During the filming of the 1939 film the director and producer were concerned about Judy Garland’s appearance, and put her on a strict diet to make her lose weight. They actually had someone from the movie lot follow her around to make sure that she was sticking to her diet.
– Dorothy’s costume originally included a lot more makeup and a blonde wig, but the producer thought it made her look too old, and so they toned her costume down for a more homely look.
– Somewhere Over the Rainbow was nearly cut from the Wizard of Oz, because the director thought that the film was running too long. Luckily, at the last minute, the sequence was added back into the film before it was finished.
– Dorothy Gale was named after Dorothy Gage, the neice of L.Frank Baum who died at just 5 weeks of age.