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In this very updated version of the well beloved childrens classic The Wizard of Oz movie watchers are transported to a world of music neat special effects eye-popping costumes and a fantastic retelling of the tale of the wonderful wizard of Oz The Wiz is one of the best African American musicals ever made because it has a great cast of actors and actresses it has hidden symbolism that relates to African American life and the choice of music adds power to its message This musical depicts the struggle of black life through song and rhythm two aspects of African American culture It is a remake of The Wizard of Oz with the same story same characters and an added twist of soul The cast of The Wiz is composed of many talented people Legendary soul mega star Diana Ross plays the 34-year old kindergarten teacher better known as Dorothy Diana Ross is known for her many songs as well as her career as the lead singer of the trio The Supremes The King of Pop Michael Jackson plays the part of the brain needy Scarecrow His dancing skills and smooth voice bring this character to life Lena Horne jazz songstress extraordinare plays Glinda the Good Horne is one of the greatest jazz singers of this era Nipsey Russell one of the 70s blaxploitation actors plays the part of the Tinman Comedian Richard Pryor plays the Wiz His comical actions give life to this character Quincy Jones one of the well-known songwriters of his time co-wrote the movies soundtrack along with Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson husband and wife soul duo This collaboration of acting and musical talent makes The Wiz a magical experience of story and song African American culture is defined within the underlying themes of this musical For example the name of the Lion is Fleetwood Coupe de Ville which is the name of a well-known Cadillac In the 70s
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