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Encyclopedia > The Wiz (film)
The Wiz
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Produced by Rob Cohen
Ken Harper
Burtt Harris
Berry Gordy, Jr.
Written by Joel Schumacher
William F. Brown
Starring Diana Ross
Michael Jackson
Nipsey Russell
Ted Ross
Mabel King
Theresa Merritt
Thelma Carpenter
Lena Horne
Richard Pryor
Music by Charlie Smalls
Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
Anthony Jackson
Luther Vandross
Quincy Jones
Cinematography Oswald Morris
Editing by Dede Allen
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) October 24, 1978
Running time 134 minutes
Language English
Budget $24,000,000
IMDb profile

The Wiz is a 1978 American musical film (see 1978 in film) produced by Motown Productions and Universal Pictures, and released by Universal on October 24, 1978. An urbanized retelling of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz featuring an entirely African-American cast, The Wiz is adapted from the 1975 Broadway musical of the same name with songs by Charlie Smalls and a book by William F. Brown. The film follows the adventures of Dorothy, a shy schoolteacher from Harlem, New York who finds herself magically transported to the wonderland of Oz - which resembles a fantasy version of New York City - during a snowstorm. Befriended by a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion, Dorothy travels through the world of Oz to seek an audience with the mysterious "Wiz", who allegedly has the power to take her home. Image File history File links The-wiz-1978. ... Portrait of Sidney Lumet, May 7, 1939. ... 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Mabel King (born Donnie Mabel Elizabeth Washington, December 25, 1932 - November 9, 1999) was an American actress. ... Theresa Merritt Hines, (usually credited as Theresa Merritt, sometimes credited as Theresa Merritte), b. ... // Biography Thelma Carpenter (January 15, 1922- May 14, 1997) was a jazz singer and actress, best known as Miss One in the movie The Wiz. In 1939 she joined Count Basie, where she recorded some of her most memorable material. ... Lena Horne photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1941 Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (born June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American popular singer. ... Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an African American comedian, actor, and writer. ... 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Produced by Rob Cohen, directed by Sidney Lumet, and written for the screen by Joel Schumacher, The Wiz stars Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross (no relation to Diana), Mabel King, Theresa Merritt, Thelma Carpenter, Lena Horne, and Richard Pryor. Upon its original theatrical release, The Wiz underperformed both critically and financially, to the extent that it marks the end of the resurgence of African-American films that began with the blaxploitation movement of the 1970s. Today the film is a cult classic among African-American audiences. Director Rob Cohen on the set of Stealth Rob Cohen (born March 12, 1949 in Cornwall, New York, USA) is an American film director, producer and writer. ... Portrait of Sidney Lumet, May 7, 1939. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross[1] on March 26, 1944) is an American pop, soul, and R&B singer and actress. ... For other people named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Nipsey Russell Julius Nipsey Russell (September 15, 1918 – October 2, 2005) was an African American comedian, best known for being a guest panelist on many 1970s and 1980s game shows, such as Match Game, Password, Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth and Pyramid. ... Ted Ross Ted Ross (June 30, 1934 - September 3, 2002), from Zanesville, Ohio, was an American actor who was probably best known for his role as the Lion in the blaxploitation classic The Wiz, a parody on the Wizard of Oz. ... Mabel King (born Donnie Mabel Elizabeth Washington, December 25, 1932 - November 9, 1999) was an American actress. ... Theresa Merritt Hines, (usually credited as Theresa Merritt, sometimes credited as Theresa Merritte), b. ... // Biography Thelma Carpenter (January 15, 1922- May 14, 1997) was a jazz singer and actress, best known as Miss One in the movie The Wiz. In 1939 she joined Count Basie, where she recorded some of her most memorable material. ... Lena Horne photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1941 Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (born June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American popular singer. ... Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an African American comedian, actor, and writer. ... Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (Melvin Van Peebles 1971) Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made that targeted the urban African American audience; the word itself is a combination of the words black and exploitation. Blaxploitation... Kult (Status) Cult classic ---- (more info) Stage 1 : Request (How-to) Id volunteer to try and translate the complete German article into English, but Id like someone else to check the result for missing internal links to corresponding subjects in en. ...

Contents

Plot synopsis

A Christmas dinner brings a host of friends and family together in a Harlem, New York home, where a twenty-four-year-old schoolteacher named Dorothy (Diana Ross) lives with her Aunt Emma (Theresa Merritt) and her Uncle Henry (Stanley Greene). Extremely introverted, Dorothy has, as her aunt teases her, "never been south of 125th Street", and refuses to move out and move on with her life. Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual holiday that marks the traditional birthdate of Jesus of Nazareth. ... This article is about the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. ... Dorothy Gale is a fictional character, the protagonist of most of the Oz novels by American author L. Frank Baum. ... Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross[1] on March 26, 1944) is an American pop, soul, and R&B singer and actress. ... ... Theresa Merritt Hines, (usually credited as Theresa Merritt, sometimes credited as Theresa Merritte), b. ... Uncle Henry is a fictional character from The Oz Books by L. Frank Baum. ... 125th Street is a two-way east-west street in Manhattan, considered the Main street of Harlem. ...


While cleaning up after the dinner party, Dorothy's dog Toto runs out the open kitchen door into a violent snowstorm. Dorothy succeeds in retrieving him, but finds herself trapped in the snowstorm. A magical whirlwind (the work of Glinda the Good Witch (Lena Horne)) materializes, and transports the woman and her dog to the world of Oz, which is in essence a parallel-universe New York City. Upon her entrance into Oz, Dorothy smashes through an electric "Oz" sign, which falls upon and kills Evamene, the Wicked Witch of the East. As a result, Dorothy frees the Munchkins who populate the park into which Dorothy lands; the Munchkins had been transformed by Evamene into graffiti for "tagging" the park walls. Terry, the Cairn Terrier who played Toto in the film Toto is the name of a fictional dog in L. Frank Baums The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series of childrens books. ... Glinda (or Glinda the Good) is a character in the fictional Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum. ... Lena Horne photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1941 Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (born June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American popular singer. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... The Wicked Witch of the East is a character in the fictional Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum in his classic books. ... Munchkins are the natives of the fictional Munchkin Country in the Oz books by L. Frank Baum. ... For other uses, see Graffiti (disambiguation). ...


Dorothy soon meets The Munchkins' main benefactor, Miss One the Good Witch of the North (Thelma Carpenter), a magical "numbers runner" who gives Dorothy Evamean's powerful silver slippers. However, the frightened Dorothy desperately wants to get home. Miss One urges her to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City and find the mysterious "Wiz", whom Miss One believes holds the power to send Dorothy back to Harlem. The good witch and the Munchkins then disappear, and Dorothy is left to search for the Yellow Brick Road on her own. The Good Witch of the North is a fictional character in the Land of Oz, created by American author L. Frank Baum. ... // Biography Thelma Carpenter (January 15, 1922- May 14, 1997) was a jazz singer and actress, best known as Miss One in the movie The Wiz. In 1939 she joined Count Basie, where she recorded some of her most memorable material. ... The Numbers Game or Policy Racket is an illegal lottery played mostly in poor neighborhoods in U.S. cities, wherein the bettor attempts to pick three or four digits to match those that will be randomly drawn the following day. ... The original ruby slippers used in The Wizard of Oz; now on display at the Smithsonean. ... The road of yellow brick is an element in the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. ... For other uses, see Emerald City (disambiguation). ... The Wizard of Oz (or simply The Wizard) is a fictional character in the Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum and further popularized by the classic 1939 movie. ...


The next morning, Dorothy happens upon a Scarecrow (Michael Jackson) made of garbage, with whom she makes good friends. The two of them discover the Yellow Brick Road, and happily begin to follow it together, Scarecrow hoping the Wiz might be able to give him the one thing he feels he lacks - a brain. Along the way to the Emerald City, Dorothy, Toto, and Scarecrow meet the Tin Man (Nipsey Russell), a turn-of-the-century amusement park mechanical man, and the Cowardly Lion (Ted Ross), a vain dandy banished from the jungle who hid in side one of the stone lions in front of the New York Public Library. The Tin Man and Lion join Dorothy and Scarecrow on their quest to find the Wiz, hoping to gain a heart and courage, respectively. Before the five adventurers reach the Emerald City, they must face obstacles such as such as a crazy Subway Peddler (a homeless man) with evil monsters in his control, and sexy Poppy Girls (prostitutes) who attempt to put Dorothy, Toto, and the Lion to sleep with magic dusting powders (depressant drugs). Cover of The Scarecrow of Oz (1915) by L. Frank Baum; illustration by John R. Neill. ... For other people named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Cover of The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum. ... Nipsey Russell Julius Nipsey Russell (September 15, 1918 – October 2, 2005) was an African American comedian, best known for being a guest panelist on many 1970s and 1980s game shows, such as Match Game, Password, Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth and Pyramid. ... Germany Pavilion, part of the Epcot Center theme park in Orlando, Florida Amusement park (also called theme park) is the generic term for a collection of rides and other entertainment attractions assembled for the purpose of entertaining a fairly large group of people. ... Cover of The Cowardly Lion of Oz (1929) by Ruth Plumly Thompson. ... Ted Ross Ted Ross (June 30, 1934 - September 3, 2002), from Zanesville, Ohio, was an American actor who was probably best known for his role as the Lion in the blaxploitation classic The Wiz, a parody on the Wizard of Oz. ... The New York Public Library - logo New York Public Library, central block, built 1897–1911, Carrère and Hastings, architects (June 2003) The New York Public Library (NYPL), one of three public library systems serving New York City, is one of the leading libraries in the United States. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... See also sedative. ...


Finally reaching the Emerald City (an analogue of the real-life World Trade Center plaza), the quintet gain passage into the city because of Dorothy's ownership of the silver shoes, and marvel at the spectacle of the city and its dancers. Dorothy and her friends gain an audience with the Wiz (Richard Pryor), who appears to them as a giant fire-breathing metallic head. The Wiz will only grant the travelers' wishes if they kill Evillene (Mabel King), the horrible Wicked Witch of the West, who runs a sweatshop in the sewers of New York. Evillene learns of Dorothy's quest to kill her, and sends out the Flying Monkeys (a motorcycle gang) to kidnap the Dorothy and her friends. This article is about the former twin towers in New York City. ... Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an African American comedian, actor, and writer. ... Mabel King (born Donnie Mabel Elizabeth Washington, December 25, 1932 - November 9, 1999) was an American actress. ... The Wicked Witch of the West, as portrayed by Margaret Hamilton in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz The Wicked Witch of the West (or simply The Wicked Witch) is a character in the fictional Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum in his childrens... Flying monkeys, as illustrated by W. W. Denslow in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Winged Monkeys (often referred to as flying monkeys) are characters from The Wizard of Oz, of enough impact between the books and the 1939 movie to have taken their own place in pop culture, regularly referenced... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Outlaw motorcycle club. ...


After an extended chase, the Flying Monkeys succeed in capturing their prey, and bring the five interlopers back to Evillene. The Wicked Witch tortures the Lion, dismembers the Scarecrow, and flattens the Tin Man, in hopes of making Dorothy give her the silver shoes. When Evilene threatens to throw Toto into a fiery cauldron, Dorothy nearly gives in, until she spots and activates a fire sprinkler switch. The sprinklers put out the fire, but also melt and destroy Evillene, who is "allergic to water". With the Witch gone, her spells lose their power: the Winkees are freed from their costumes (revealing humans underneath), and their sweatshop tools disappear. The thankful Winkees rejoice in dance, and praise Dorothy as their emancipator, and the Flying Monkeys give Dorothy and her friends a triumphant ride back to the Wiz. Fire sprinklers are an active fire protection measure subject to stringent bounding. ...


Upon arriving back in Emerald City, the quintet take a back door into the Wiz's quarters, and discover that the Wiz is a "phony". The "great and powerful Oz" is actually Herman Smith, a failed politician from Atlantic City, New Jersey who was transported to Oz when a balloon he was flying to promote his campaign to become city dogcatcher was lost in a storm. Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion are distraught that they will never receive their respective brains, heart, and courage, but Dorothy makes them realize that they had these things all along. Just as it seems as if Dorothy will never be able to go home again, Glinda the Good Witch appears and implores Dorothy to find her way home by searching within and using her silver slippers. Dorothy offers to help Herman if he'll agree to reveal himself, which he refuses. After thanking Glinda and saying good-bye to her friends, Dorothy takes Toto in her arms, thinks of home and the things she loves most about it, and after clicking her heels three times finds herself back in her neighborhood. A changed woman, Dorothy carries Toto back to their apartment and closes the door. Map of Atlantic City in Atlantic County Coordinates: Country United States State New Jersey County Atlantic Incorporated March 1854 Mayor Bob Levy Area    - City 44. ... A dog catcher (or dog warden or animal control officer) is an employee of, or a contractor to, a municipality, charged with catching stray or loose dogs, cats, and sometimes other animals, and bringing them to a compound or animal shelter, where the animals are held for a certain time...

Overview

The Wiz was the eighth feature film produced by Motown Productions, the film/TV division of Berry Gordy's Motown Records label. The studio aquired the film rights to the successful 1975 stage musical in 1977, and had the musical's teenaged star, Stephanie Mills, signed to Motown with plans to cast her in the film as Dorothy. Diana Ross, Motown recordign artist and the star of the successful Motown films Lady Sings the Blues and Mahogany, heard about the planned film version of The Wiz, and asked Gordy to cast her as Dorothy. Gordy refused, telling Ross that she was too old to be playing Dorothy. Ross went around Gordy to Rob Cohen at Universal Pictures, who agreed to help finance the picture if Ross were cast as Dorothy.[1] As a result of Ross' casting, much of the plot of The Wiz was altered for the film version, abandoning much of the dialogue and concepts of William F. Brown's play, and the Dorothy character's age was doubled to make her a young woman instead of a preteen girl. The musical's setting was changed from the traditional Oz standbys of Kansas and the fairy-tale esque Oz to Harlem, New York and a fantasy re-imagining of New York City. Berry Gordy, Jr. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Stephanie Mills (born March 22, 1957 in Harlem, New York) is an African American R&B and soul singer and former Broadway star. ... Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross[1] on March 26, 1944) is an American pop, soul, and R&B singer and actress. ... Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 biographical film which tells the story of blues singer Billie Holliday. ... Mahogany is a 1975 feature film, directed by Berry Gordy, produced by Motown Productions and released to theaters by Paramount Pictures. ... Director Rob Cohen on the set of Stealth Rob Cohen (born March 12, 1949 in Cornwall, New York, USA) is an American film director, producer and writer. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ...


The Wiz was filmed at Astoria Studios in Queens, New York. It was produced by Motown Productions and released to theaters in 1978 by Universal Pictures. The decaying New York State pavilion from the 1964 New York World's Fair, in its final appearance in a film, is used as the set for Munchkinland, as well as the World Trade Center, which serves as the Emerald City. Mabel King and Ted Ross from the Broadway production reprised their roles for the film; the rest of the cast included Ross' former protégé and former Motown artist Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, Nipsey Russell (Tin Man), Richard Pryor (The Wiz), Lumet's former mother-in-law, Lena Horne, [2] as Glinda the Good Witch, and Thelma Carpenter as Miss One (the film's counterpart to the stage version's "Addaperle, the Feel Good Girl"). The Kaufman Astoria Studios are in Queens, New York, and home to productions like Sesame Street. ... Queens is geographically the largest of the five boroughs of New York City in the United States, and the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. It is coterminous with Queens County in the State of New York and is located on western Long Island. ... Motown Record Company, L.P., also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label specializing in the musical genres of R&B, pop, soul music, and hip-hop music. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... View of the New York Worlds Fair 1964/1965 as seen from the observation towers of the New York State pavilion. ... This article is about the former twin towers in New York City. ... For other people named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Nipsey Russell Julius Nipsey Russell (September 15, 1918 – October 2, 2005) was an African American comedian, best known for being a guest panelist on many 1970s and 1980s game shows, such as Match Game, Password, Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth and Pyramid. ... Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an African American comedian, actor, and writer. ... Lena Horne photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1941 Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (born June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American popular singer. ... // Biography Thelma Carpenter (January 15, 1922- May 14, 1997) was a jazz singer and actress, best known as Miss One in the movie The Wiz. In 1939 she joined Count Basie, where she recorded some of her most memorable material. ...


Quincy Jones served as the musical supervisor and music producer for the film, marking his first collaboration with Michael Jackson. Jones would produce three hit albums for Jackson: Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. Quincy Jones on the cover of Back on the Block (1989). ... Off the Wall was American pop and R&B singer Michael Jacksons breakthrough 1979 solo album. ... Thriller is an album by pop singer Michael Jackson, released by Epic Records on December 1, 1982. ... Bad is an album of recorded music by pop music icon Michael Jackson, released in 1987. ...


Despite the talent involved, critics panned the production. Many critics directed their venom at Diana Ross, who they believed was too old to play Dorothy. Most agreed that what had worked so successfully on stage simply didn't translate well to the screen. The Wiz was later nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Original Music Score and Best Cinematography, although it did not win any of those awards. The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards ceremony for achievements in motion pictures. ... This Academy Award was first given for movies made in 1948 when separate awards were given for black-and-white and color movies. ... From Rule Sixteen of the Special Rules for The Music Awards Original Score: An original score is a substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ...


The Wiz proved to be a financial failure, losing ten million dollars upon its original theatrical release. Its commercial failure brought to an end the stream of all-black films that had begun with the "blaxploitation film" era of the 1970s. The pop single version of "Ease on Down the Road", sung by Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, reached #41 in the US and #45 in the UK. Later, Michael Jackson would release a newly recorded version of The Wiz song "You Can't Win" as his first solo single for Epic Records. "You Can't Win" reached #81 in the US during a short three week stay on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (Melvin Van Peebles 1971) Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made that targeted the urban African American audience; the word itself is a combination of the words black and exploitation. Blaxploitation... Epic Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ...


Today, the film is seen as a cult classic, particularly among African-American audiences. It has been available on home video since the 1980s, and is periodically broadcast on television. Kult (Status) Cult classic ---- (more info) Stage 1 : Request (How-to) Id volunteer to try and translate the complete German article into English, but Id like someone else to check the result for missing internal links to corresponding subjects in en. ... The home video business rents and sells videocassettes and DVDs to the public. ... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ...


Songs

All songs written by Charlie Smalls, unless otherwise noted.

  1. "The Feeling That We Once Had" - Aunt Emma and Chorus
  2. "Can I Go On Not Knowing?" (Quincy Jones, Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson) - Dorothy
  3. "Tornado"/"Glinda's Theme" (instrumental)
  4. "He's The Wizard" - Miss One and Chorus
  5. "Soon As I Get Home"/"Home" - Dorothy
  6. "You Can't Win, You Can't Break Even" - Scarecrow and The Four Crows
  7. "Ease On Down The Road #1" - Dorothy and Scarecrow
  8. "What Would I Do If I Could Feel?" - Tin Man
  9. "Slide Some Oil to Me" - Tin Man
  10. "Ease On Down The Road #2" - Dorothy, Scarecrow, and Tin Man
  11. "I'm A Mean Ole Lion" - Cowardly Lion
  12. "Ease On Down The Road #3" - Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion
  13. "Be a Lion" - Dorothy, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion
  14. "Poppy Girls Theme" (Anthony Jackson) (instrumental)
  15. "End Of The Yellow Brick Road" (instrumental)
  16. "Emerald City Sequence" (music: Jones, lyrics: Smalls) - Chorus
  17. "So You Wanted To See The Wizard" - The Wiz
  18. "Is This What Feeling Gets? (Dorothy's Theme)" (music: Jones, lyrics: Ashford & Simpson) (instrumental)
  19. "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News" - Evillene and the Winkees
  20. "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News (Reprise)" - Evillene and the Winkees
  21. "Everybody Rejoice/A Brand New Day" (Luther Vandross) - Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Chorus
  22. "If You Believe In Yourself (Dorothy)" - Dorothy
  23. "The Good Witch Glinda" (instrumental)
  24. "If You Believe In Yourself (Reprise)" - Glinda the Good Witch
  25. "Home (Finale)" - Dorothy

Quincy Jones on the cover of Back on the Block (1989). ... Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) are a successful husband and wife songwriting/production team, as well as being recording artists in their own right. ... Ease On Down the Road was a 1978 duet between soul singers and former Motown alums Diana Ross & Michael Jackson. ... Anthony Jackson, (born 1952) is a contemporary American electric bass player based in New York City. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Posner, Gerald (2002). Motown : Music, Money, Sex, and Power. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-375-50062-6.
  2. ^ Sidney Lumet biography on AMCTV.com. Accessed August 30, 2006.

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(1908: The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays | 1910: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz | Dorothy and the Scarecrow in Oz | The Land of Oz | 1914: The Patchwork Girl of Oz | The Magic Cloak of Oz | His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz | 1925: Wizard of Oz | 1933: The Wizard of Oz | 1939: The Wizard of Oz | 1961: Tales of the Wizard of Oz | 1964: Return to Oz | 1969: The Wonderful Land of Oz | 1971: Ayşecik ve Sihirli Cüceler Rüyalar Ülkesinde | 1972: Journey Back to Oz | 1975: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz | 1976: The Wizard of Oz | 1976: Oz | 1981: The Marvelous Land of Oz | 1982: The Wizard of Oz | 1984: Os Trapalhões e o Mágico de Oróz | 1985: Return to Oz | 1986: Ozu no Mahōtsukai : 1987: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz | Ozma of Oz | The Marvelous Land of Oz | The Emerald City of Oz | 1990: Supēsu Ozu no Bōken : 1996: The Wonderful Galaxy of Oz | 2005: The Muppets' Wizard of Oz | The Patchwork Girl of Oz) For the film, see The Wizard of Oz (1939 film) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a childrens book written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow. ... Oz is an imaginary region containing four countries under the rule of one monarch. ... ... The Oz books form a book series that begins with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and that relates the history of the Land of Oz. ... Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author, and the creator with illustrator W. W. Denslow of one of the most popular books ever written in American childrens literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. ... Ruth Plumly Thompson (1891-1976) was an American writer of childrens stories. ... Eloise Jarvis McGraw (1915 - November 30, 2000) was an author of childrens books. ... Alexander Melentyevich Volkov (Russian: ) (July 14, 1891 – July 3, 1977) was a Russian novelist and mathematician. ... William Wallace Denslow Copyright notice from Denslows Mother Goose of 1901 - note the use of the work Rex even at that date William Wallace Denslow (May 5, 1856–March 29, 1915) was an illustrator and caricaturist remembered for his work in collaboration with author L. Frank Baum, especially his... John Rea Neill (November 12, 1877 - September 13, 1943) was a childrens book illustrator primarily known for illustrating more than forty stories set in the Land of Oz, including L. Frank Baums, Ruth Plumly Thompsons, and three of his own. ... The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays was an early attempt to bring L. Frank Baums Oz books to the screen. ... The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910) was the first film version of L. Frank Baums 1900 novel. ... The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910) was the first film version of L. Frank Baums 1900 novel. ... The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910) was the first film version of L. Frank Baums 1900 novel. ... The Patchwork Girl of Oz was a 1914 film made by L. Frank Baums Oz Film Company. ... The Magic Cloak of Oz is a 1914 film directed by J. Farrell MacDonald. ... His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz is a 1914 film production, directed by J. Farrell MacDonald and written and produced by L. Frank Baum. ... The Wizard of Oz (1925), directed by Larry Semon, who also appears in a comic role (and featuring a young Oliver Hardy), was the first major filmed production of the Wizard of Oz, done as a silent film. ... For the novel, see The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; For comparison of book and film, see The Wizard of Oz book to film comparison; For the history of The Wizard of Oz on television, see The Wizard of Oz on television; For other senses of this title, see The Wizard... Tales of the Wizard of Oz was a 1961 animated television series, produced by Crawley Films for Videocraft. ... Return to Oz (1964) was an animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass. ... The Wonderful Land of Oz is a 1969 film by Barry Mahon, based on the novel The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Journey Back To Oz is an official animated sequel to the 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz. ... This feature length (115 minute) film is an adaption of the childrens novel written by L. Frank Baum. ... This short film was based on the novel by L. Frank Baum. ... Oz is a 1976 film directed by Chris Löfvén, and stars Joy Dunsten. ... Ozu no Mahōtsukai is a 1982 anime feature film directed by Fumihiko Takayama, from a screenplay by Yoshimitsu Banno and Akira Miyazaki, produced by Banno and Katsumi Ueno for Toho Co. ... Os Trapalhões e o Mágico de Oróz is the 1984 entry in the Brazilian comedy film series Os Trapalhões. ... The 1985 film Return to Oz is a motion picture arguably created as an unofficial sequel to The Wizard of Oz. ... Oz no Mahōtsukai ) is an anime adaption of The Wizard of Oz which ran on the Japanese network TV Tokyo from October 6, 1986–September 28, 1987. ... Oz no Mahōtsukai ) is an anime adaption of The Wizard of Oz which ran on the Japanese network TV Tokyo from October 6, 1986–September 28, 1987. ... Oz no Mahōtsukai ) is an anime adaption of The Wizard of Oz which ran on the Japanese network TV Tokyo from October 6, 1986–September 28, 1987. ... Oz no Mahōtsukai ) is an anime adaption of The Wizard of Oz which ran on the Japanese network TV Tokyo from October 6, 1986–September 28, 1987. ... Oz no Mahōtsukai ) is an anime adaption of The Wizard of Oz which ran on the Japanese network TV Tokyo from October 6, 1986–September 28, 1987. ... The Wonderful Galaxy of Oz is a 1990 futuristic adaptation of the classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. ... The Wonderful Galaxy of Oz is a 1990 futuristic adaptation of the classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. ... Promotional poster The Muppets Wizard of Oz, an original made-for-television movie, aired May 20, 2005 as a special Friday night edition of ABCs The Wonderful World of Disney. ...

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