History Trivia / TheWiz

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Broadway producer Ken Harper had previously considered adapting ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' as a one-hour TV special, [[http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1975/10/26/page/390/article/the-wiz#text starring]] Melba Moore as Dorothy, Flip Wilson as the Scarecrow, and Creator/BillCosby as the Cowardly Lion.
9th Dec '16 12:46:38 PM dsneybuf
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* FollowTheLeader: The acclaim of this production prompted NBC to select musicals that seem old-fashioned, but cover topical racial issues (such as [[Theatre/{{Hairspray}} segregation]] and [[Theatre/ByeByeBirdie interracial marriage]]), for the next few years.
13th Oct '16 2:03:21 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* TroubledProduction: The direction and casting led to a lot of the changes that made the film such a drastic departure from the musical; The producers had Stephanie Mills in mind to play Dorothy, but were ultimately convinced to cast Diana Ross who fought to get the part, which prompted director John Badham to quit out of dissatisfaction, and so Sidney Lumet stepped in to fill the chair. Rounding out the production was Joel Schumacher, and to accommodate Diana Ross' age rewrote the script to focus on a much older Dorothy living in New York City instead of Kansas. Lumet's inexperience with musicals, combined with these casting and scriptural decisions led to a lot of internal skepticism of the project that was ultimately vindicated when the film failed at the box office.
29th Jun '16 8:17:49 AM dsneybuf
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* CutSong: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Can%27t_Win_(song) "You Can't Win"]] was dropped from the stage version, but appeared in the movie and TV versions as a replacement for "I Was Born on the Day Before Yesterday".

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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Can%27t_Win_(song) "You Can't Win"]] was dropped from the stage version, but appeared in the movie and TV versions as a replacement for "I Was Born on the Day Before Yesterday".
31st May '16 12:23:37 AM Seraphine
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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHAm4Fe3Evw "Wonder, Wonder Why"]] is a song where Dorothy contemplates the task to kill Evilene given to her by the Wiz. It would've taken place after Dorothy is captured by the monkeys and put to work, but it was cut from the original stage version because it slowed the story down. However, it was reinstated for the 1984 Broadway revival.
24th May '16 1:24:14 PM dsneybuf
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** The smoke and sparks that were supposed to cause Addapearle to disappear didn't shoot up in time. Amber Riley stood there awkwardly for a second, before the camera switched to show the Munchkins and Dorothy. The DVD hides Addaperle by covering the screen in smoke until this switch occurs.

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** The smoke and sparks that were supposed to cause Addapearle to disappear didn't shoot up in time. Amber Riley She stood there awkwardly for a second, few seconds, before the camera switched to show the Munchkins and Dorothy. The DVD hides Addaperle by covering the screen in smoke until this switch occurs.
24th May '16 1:20:15 PM dsneybuf
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** The smoke and sparks that were supposed to cause Addapearle to disappear didn't shoot up in time. She stood there awkwardly for a second, before the camera switched to show the Munchkins and Dorothy. The DVD hides Addaperle by covering the screen in smoke until this switch occurs.

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** The smoke and sparks that were supposed to cause Addapearle to disappear didn't shoot up in time. She Amber Riley stood there awkwardly for a second, before the camera switched to show the Munchkins and Dorothy. The DVD hides Addaperle by covering the screen in smoke until this switch occurs.
12th May '16 8:56:59 AM dsneybuf
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** When Dorothy says goodbye to the Good Witches, a magical whirling sound emits, implying they disappear magically. However, a viewer of the original broadcast ''or'' the DVD might notice Amber Riley walking normally off the set.

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** When Dorothy says goodbye to the Good Witches, a magical whirling sound emits, implying they magically disappear magically.during Dorothy's close-up. However, a viewer of the original broadcast ''or'' the DVD might notice Amber Riley walking normally off the set.
12th May '16 8:55:42 AM dsneybuf
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** When Dorothy says goodbye to the Good Witches, a magical whirling sound emits, implying they disappear magically. However, a viewer of the original broadcast ''or'' the DVD might notice Amber Riley walking normally off the set.
4th May '16 10:31:27 AM dsneybuf
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* DawsonCasting: Some actresses in their twenties or thirties have played Dorothy either on stage, or in the movie.
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