Summertime Entertainment’s animated 3D adaptation of The Wizard of Oz sequel cast Broadway legend Bernadette Peters as Glinda the Good Witch, according to Variety’s Dave McNary. The project, called Dorothy of Oz, also stars Glee‘s Lea Michele as Dorothy, Martin Short as the jester, Jim Belushi as the cowardly lion, Dan Aykroyd as the scarecrow, Kelsey Grammar as the tin man, Smash‘s Megan Hilty as China Princess, Hugh Dancy as Marshal Mallow, Oliver Platt as Wiser the Owl, and Patrick Stewart as Tugg.
If many of those character names sound unfamiliar, it’s because this movie takes place after the classic Wizard of Oz ends, and follows Dorothy and the gang on the adventures outlined in Roger Stanton Baum’s novel Dorothy of Oz. Given the vocally talented cast, we’re expecting the movie to be replete with memorable sing-a-long tunes. Bernadette Peters isn’t going to sing just anything.
The songs had better be good, given the abundance of Oz projects in development around town. There’s Oz Wars at Vanguard Films and Animation, which sets Dorothy in a contemporary and dark world with witches, warlocks, martial arts, monsters, and black magic. Warner Bros. is developing Oz: Return to Emerald City, a modern retelling of the classic tale and Oz, about Dorothy’s granddaughter returning to Oz to fight evil. New Line has Oz, a remake of the original film. Disney is shooting Oz: The Great and Powerful, a prequel to the original. Not to mention Universal’s Wicked, based on the famed Broadway show based on the novel about how the Wicked Witch of the West grew to be so wicked.
– Cindy Kaplan