I have never sat down and watched The Wizard of Oz in its entirety, I've tried but boredom wouldn't allow me to finish it. Being the movie buff I am, most people find that ridiculous since it's considered to be one of the most loved classics. I've have seen and LOVE The Wiz. My mom took my cousin and I to see it when it was first released and we sat transfixed on the screen for 133 minutes. My little girl eyes couldn't believe what I saw. It was the most vibrant, colorful, magical thing I'd ever seen. The musical numbers, the costumes, and best of all DIANA ROSS! Let me not forget to mention Nipsey Russell pop-locking in this scene, that was worth the price of admission alone. In this scene Evilene is destroyed and her factory workers shed their ugly costumes to unveil beautiful Black folks underneath, wow! Do I agree Diana Ross was a little too old for the Dorothy role? Of course. I've read internet forums where this film is being trashed by the masses. Yes, it was a bit creepy and a little over the top but it still was a great concept with an excellent score by Quincy Jones nonetheless. I read a rumor that a new Broadway version of The Wiz is underway. If so, I'll be first person in line to buy a ticket.
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