The Wiz

The Wiz

DVD - 2008
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Dorothy is a 24-year-old Manhattan kindergarten teacher who is whisked away from her inner-city neighborhood via a snowstorm to the mysterious land of Oz. Oz is a sprawling, decaying, nightmarish, and dangerous megalopolis that resembles the physical characteristics of New York City.

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Kindergarten teacher Dorothy is transported to the sprawling, nightmarish city of Oz, in an innovative adaptation of the classic story, soon to be staged at the Muny!

Home and family are two predominate themes that run through MUNY shows year after year. what better way to showcase that theme than a trip to Oz. It's been 36 years since The Wiz has graced the MUNY stage, so "that feeling that we have" about going home will manifest itself all night long.


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lukasevansherman
Jun 13, 2016

It's "The Wizard of Oz," but with more singing and dancing. And black people. A flop on its release, it's becoming something of a cult film, largely due to the presence of a young Michael Jackson, who plays the Scarecrow. Diana Ross is woefully miscast and singularly unconvincing as Dorothy. Richard Pryor is the Wizard and Lena Horne briefly appears as the Good Witch. It's pretty bad and seems to go on forever. The production design, which suggests a funkier Dr. Seuss, is a standout. It was directed by Sidney Lumet, better known for tough, gritty crime films like "Serpico" and "Dog Day Afternoon." Joel Schumacher, who went on to direct "St. Elmo's Fire" and "The Lost Boys," wrote the terrible script, based on the musical. Recently remade for television.

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TwilightBlue
Jul 24, 2015

To be honest - The Wiz was such a pathetic, gutless and downright despicable piece of putrid junk that it really only deserves nothing more than a minus-5 star-rating. Period.

With having nothing good to say about The Wiz, I really don't quite know where to start tearing into it. To say that I hated this movie, in its entirety, would truly be an understatement.

From its forgettable songs, to its hammy performances, to its overlong dance numbers, to its grubby setting - The Wiz was, on all counts, a total embarrassment of lousy storytelling at its absolute nadir.

What inevitably wrecked The Wiz completely was, of course, the casting of Diana Ross as the contemptible Dorothy character. If ever there was a performance worthy of a "Razzie", Ross's Dorothy would, undoubtedly, be it.

You know, with the way I'm feeling right now, I'm gonna end my review by saying - Film-maker Sidney Lumet really should have been black-listed for his incompetent direction of this ultimate fiasco film.

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MartaLovesMJ4Ever
Jun 01, 2014

I liked The Wiz
Michael Jackson was so adorable.
He was talented in this movie
I love his voice, his dancing, his
innocence , his mind in this movie
was pure genius .

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nsoromma
Sep 13, 2015

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