In 1908, Baum had a visionary idea to bring his Oz characters to life on the stage in-front of an audience. He created the Fairylogue & Radio Plays to enchant children of all ages. Supposedly Baum said a man by the name of Michel Radio colored the films in reference to the word 'radio.' No man by that name had been found in anybody's research.
The Fairylogue show utlizied both on stage and screen entertainment with scenes from The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, The Marvelous Land Of Oz, Ozma Of Oz, and John Dough And The Cherub. Characters from Baum's books appeared in the flesh, the first time they had been seen outside of the pages of his stories.
The show was a massive expense to create and Baum was forced to close the show early in New York City on December 16th, although The New York Times ran ads until the 31st. Although it was a mixture of film and stage, none of the film footage exists anymore.
The Orchestra Hall still stands, but is now known as Symphony Center and is home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
220 South Michigan Avenue
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