Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Little Bit of Broadway

The Wiz
Movie version 1978

Well, it was a critical flop, lost millions of dollars, and killed Diana Ross’s film career. But the Sidney Lumet film version of the stage hit The Wiz, an urbanized setting of The Wizard of Oz, has a great cast, even if the Quincy Jones arrangements of the music seem way overdone 30 years later. But this film showed us an engaging 19-year old Michael Jackson, who was undeniably the best part of the whole film.

Diana Ross: Dorothy Gale
Michael Jackson: Scarecrow
Lena Horne: Glinda, the Good Witch Of The South
Ted Ross: Cowardly Lion
Nipsey Russell: Tin Man
Thelma Carpenter: Miss One, the Good Witch of the North
Theresa Merritt: Aunt Em
Stanley Greene: Uncle Henry
Richard Pryor: The Wiz
Mabel King: Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West

Overture Part I (instrumental)
Overture Part II (instrumental)
The Feeling That We Had - Aunt Emma and Chorus
Can I Go On?- Dorothy
Tornado/Glinda's Theme (instrumental)
He's The Wizard - Miss One and Chorus
Soon As I Get Home/Home - Dorothy
You Can't Win, You Can't Break Even - Scarecrow and The Four Crows
Ease On Down The Road #1 - Dorothy and Scarecrow
What Would I Do If I Could Feel? - Tin Man
Slide Some Oil to Me - Tin Man
Ease On Down The Road #2 - Dorothy, Scarecrow, and Tin Man
I'm A Mean Ole Lion - Cowardly Lion
Ease On Down The Road #3 - Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion
Poppy Girls Theme (instrumental)
Be a Lion - Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion
End Of The Yellow Brick Road (instrumental)
Emerald City Sequence - Chorus
Is This What Feeling Gets? (Dorothy's Theme) - Dorothy (vocal version not used in film)
Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News - Evillene and the Winkies
Everybody Rejoice/A Brand New Day- Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Chorus
If You Believe In Yourself (Dorothy) - Dorothy
The Good Witch Glinda (instrumental)
If You Believe In Yourself (Reprise) - Glinda the Good Witch
Home (Finale) - Dorothy

Directed by Sidney Lumet
Produced by Rob Cohen
Written by Joel Schumacher
William F. Brown
(original 1975 musical)

Music by
Charlie Smalls
Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
Anthony Jackson
Luther Vandross
Quincy Jones

Interested in other Wizard of Oz adapations? Check out this listing of films, tv, stage, books, games and more!

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