Celebrate Michael Jackson's birthday week with the film named by 'Entertainment Weekly' as #28 of the "50 top cult movies." The "urbanized" retelling of the classic 'The Wizard of Oz', featuring an all-African American cast, first debuted as 'The Wiz' as a Broadway musical in 1975. The 1978 on-screen adaptation of the play is set in New York City, starring Diana Ross as "Dorothy," as well as Michael Jackson in his first film role of "The Scarecrow." Also co-starring Lena Horne and Richard Pryor. Quincy Jones serves as musical supervisor and music producer for the film. (1978, 134 min.)
MUSICALLY SPEAKING is a series of music-themed movie and documentary screenings, curated/hosted by DJ Soul Sister, and co-presented monthly by Soul Sister, Press Street, Charitable Film Network, and WWOZ FM. Free admission and refreshments.