" Join us for a screening of "The Wiz," part of the Library's African American Film Series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the African American experience.
Sidney Lumet's "The Wiz" is the film version of the popular Broadway musical that retells the events of L. Frank Baum's classic novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" through the eyes of a young African-American kindergarten teacher who's "never been below 125th Street."
Leaving a large family dinner to chase her dog into a snowstorm, Dorothy (Diana Ross) is swept up by a cyclone and transplanted to the land of Oz -- which looks suspiciously like a skewed version of the run-down Manhattan of the late '70s. Landing on top of the Wicked Witch of the East, the puzzled Dorothy is greeted by munchkins who peel themselves from a graffiti mural and sing to her about the Wiz (Richard Pryor), a powerful wizard living in Emerald City who can help her get home.
The Wiz has about double the large-scale production numbers of The Wizard of Oz (1939), with songs written and composed by Charlie Smalls.
There will be raffle drawing for a DVD of the featured film at each event. "
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