The Wiz is an American musical film produced by Motown Productions and Universal Pictures, and released by Universal in 1978. An urbanized retelling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz featuring an entirely African-American cast, The Wiz was adapted from the 1975 Broadway musical of the same name.
The film follows the adventures of Dorothy, a shy schoolteacher from Harlem who finds herself magically transported to the wonderland of Oz – which resembles a fantasy version of New York City. 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 they say has the power to take her home.
The Wiz stars Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Theresa Merritt, Thelma Carpenter, Lena Horne, and Richard Pryor.
Date: Friday, August 29, 2008
Rain Date: Saturday, August 30, 2008
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Fulton Park (Corner of Utica Avenue and Fulton Street, A or C Train to Utica Avenue stop)