On Halloween night, two precocious little girls try to save their parents from the greedy clutches of their nasty old Capitalist aunt. Magic abounds and they meet new albeit strange friends along the way.
Andy "Brink" Brinker and his in-line skating crew--Peter, Jordy, and Gabriella--who call themselves "Soul-Skaters" (which means they skate for the fun of it, and not for the money), clash ... See full summary »
Erik von Detten,
Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan originally planned to make a television film for Disney based on The Wiz in 1998 with Anika Noni Rose as Dorothy Gale and Paula Abdul providing choreography. However, these plans fell through because of rights issues with Universal. See more »
The Cowardly Lion:
Now, that ol' witch is deathly afraid of water. She don't even bathe! She sends herself out once a week for dry cleanin'.
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if I wanted to hear screaming, I'd go to a playground
I don't think I've ever actually seen The Wiz before. I do remember the commercials and all the interviews back when Michael Jackson's version was made, but don't recall seeing the entire movie. Perhaps it's time to check it out now. For a big-name production and, I'm sure a big financial commitment by NBC, this is a sad mess. Some of the songs have become iconic, but the renditions here show each performer trying to make his or her "mark" by screaming out the songs. Screaming may be in vogue right now, but it is not pleasing nor does it actually showcase a singer's talent. I found it so annoying, I had to force myself to sit through the entire production. The reason we enjoys musicals is so that we can live through the songs with the story. If I'm gritting my teeth and grimacing throughout, I'm not enjoying. Skip this version. Unfortunately another loss for NBC live productions.
The story of The Wiz should be light and airy. This one was so angry that I would have ended viewing if children had been present. We never saw Dorothy scowl before. Speaking of children, Dorothy, who is a child, had the shortest skirt NBC could get away with. I am appalled that, even with children, we cannot seem to have modest clothing. The actress did not have a slip on either. Her turns showed all the way up. This version is definitely not for children or anyone who appreciates fine theatre or their hearing.
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