The Wiz

Thursday, March 14

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The end of  Oz Week  is upon us.
To finish up my  Wizard of Oz  experience this week ... I decided to re-watch ...
The Wiz.

This 1978 Movie ...
(Yes I know this may be before your time ... but so what.)
 featured an all African American cast and starred ...
 Diana Ross as Dorothy ... 
 Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow ...
 along with  Nipsy Russell as The Tinman ...
 and  Ted Ross as the Cowardly Lion.

Lena Horne played Glinda the Good Witch ...

... and an "over-the-top"   Mabel King played ... 
the Wicked Witch of the West.

This movie didn't do especially well back then at the box office ... but ...
in my humble opinion (Critic Extraordinaire) it is a unique and creative adaptation of the original.

The Wiz follows the original  Wizard of Oz in its storyline ...
but with a updated ... urban twist.


Dorothy  is a school teacher in Harlem before she is transported magically to  Oz.
She encounters all the usual suspects we've come to know here ... but the
landscape of   Oz  is updated to an wild ... funky-looking fantasty version of New York City.
The Wiz  includes some outstanding music ... mainly thanks to this man ...
multiple Grammy winner ... Quincy Jones.

There are some great songs in  The Wiz ... and I think the music alone ...
is a good reason to see the film.
So ... for your listening pleasure ... enjoy my favorite song from  The Wiz ...

"Ease on Down the Road"
Produced by .... Quincy Jones
The Wiz ... as well as the
  Oz the Great and Powerful 
are both movies you should see.  Both are very entertaining ... and their downfall ...
if they have one ... is possibly that neither one truly matches up to the original ...
Wizard of Oz.

Wicked  ... (which is incredible...by the way.) 
...  being a live performance ... is in a class by itself.

I hope you enjoyed  Oz Week.
I can't believe I saw ...
Oz the Great and Powerful ...
Wicked ...
and  The Wiz ...
all in the same week.

I know I'll be humming to myself for quite awhile.



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