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The Wiz


Roger Davidson

The Wiz
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Based on the stage musical, a black version of The Wizard of Oz, Diana Ross plays Dorothy, still following the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald city. With her by her side (as always) are the Scarecrow (Michael Jackson), the Tin Woodman (Nipsey Russell) and the Cowardly Lion (Ted Ross).

Not as memorable as the acclaimed Judy Garland version, but certainly a lot more hip. It's got great musical numbers, a well-organized score from master composer Quincy Jones and some good performances from Jackson, Russell and Ross (Ted that is). The major nadirs are the disappointing ending and the whiny performance by Ross (Diana that is). But I think you can manage to get through those two roadblocks to enjoy a fine musical.

My Rating = Three Stars

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