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* AgeLift: Dorothy, in the play, is depicted as a young girl, but in the movie, is turned into a 20 something schoolteacher. [[TheArtifact It becomes awkward when Dorothy still frequently cries and behaves like someone much younger.]]


* TheArtifact: Despite this version depicting the Tin Man as always being a robot, instead of a human turned into a tin man, he still sings - or rather, talk-sings - about wanting to have human feelings "again". It might seem similarly awkward to see the grown-up Dorothy sing the lines, "And maybe I can convince time to slow up/Giving me enough time in my life to grow up", during the song "Home", but it's somewhat subverted by Dorothy's initial depiction in Harlem as a grown, working woman still living with her parents and reluctant to strike out on her own.

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* TheArtifact: Despite this version depicting the Tin Man as always being a robot, instead of a human turned into a tin man, he still sings - or rather, talk-sings - about wanting to have human feelings "again". It might seem similarly awkward to see the grown-up Dorothy sing the lines, "And maybe I can convince time to slow up/Giving me enough time in my life to grow up", during the song "Home", but it's somewhat subverted by Dorothy's initial depiction in Harlem as a grown, working woman still living with her parents aunt and uncle and reluctant to strike out on her own.

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* CompositeCharacter: The movie combines two murders of crows from ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'': One which successfully stole some corn from his farmer's field, led by a crow who advised the Scarecrow to get some brains, and one which performed the Wicked Witch of The West's evil bidding. This also counts as AdaptationalVillainy for the talking crow, as the book's Scarecrow took his words as sage advice instead of an insult.

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* AdaptationalUgliness: In the original Broadway production, Evillene wasn't necessarily ''ugly'', just garishly dressed. The film makes use of heavy prosthetic makeup in order give her a more grotesque appearance.

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* CrapsackWorld: Every aspect of Oz is redesigned to resemble the gangland that was New York in the Seventies, where not only does the Wicked Witch reign supreme but also hookers, drug dens, and [[ItMakesSenseInContext killer subways]].


[[IReadThatAs Not to be confused with]] ''Film/TheWizard.'' Also, information about the 2015 TV special ''The Wiz Live!'' can be found on the same page as the Broadway musical.

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[[IReadThatAs [[JustForFun/IReadThatAs Not to be confused with]] ''Film/TheWizard.'' Also, information about the 2015 TV special ''The Wiz Live!'' can be found on the same page as the Broadway musical.


Creator/{{Motown}} and Creator/{{Universal}} produced a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical ''Theatre/TheWiz'', an all-African-American retelling of the book ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', in 1978. It was directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and Creator/JoelSchumacher wrote the screenplay. In addition to the {{Race Lift}}ing, this added a further, big twist to the ''Oz'' tale: Instead of turn-of-the-20th-century Kansas, the story begins in modern Harlem and Dorothy is a shy schoolteacher in her 20s who has never ventured beyond it -- a change made to accommodate the casting of Diana Ross (in her 30s at the time) in the role, as she [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiz_(film)#Pre-production_and_development had campaigned heavily for it]]. It's a blizzard that sweeps her to Oz, a fantasy version of the rest of New York City. The Tin Woodman is now a forgotten amusement park robot, the Cowardly Lion masquerades as a statue outside the Public Library, the Wicked Witch of the West (here named Evillene) runs a sweatshop, etc. It remains notable for marking the end of {{Blaxploitation}} in cinema, and for its AllStarCast of African-American talent, from Creator/RichardPryor as the Wiz himself to Lena Horne as Glinda to a 19-year-old Music/MichaelJackson as the Scarecrow (his only major film role, not counting the anthology ''{{Film/Moonwalker}}'' and his cameo in ''Film/MenInBlackII'')[[note]]Jackson's casting in the film brought him to the attention of it's music producer, Quincy Jones, who convinced Jackson to let him produce what would become his three [[Music/OffTheWall most]] [[Music/{{Thriller}} successful]] [[Music/{{Bad}} albums]].[[/note]].

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Creator/{{Motown}} and Creator/{{Universal}} produced a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical ''Theatre/TheWiz'', an all-African-American retelling of the book ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', in 1978. It was directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and Creator/JoelSchumacher wrote the screenplay. In addition to the {{Race Lift}}ing, this added a further, big twist to the ''Oz'' tale: Instead of turn-of-the-20th-century Kansas, the story begins in modern Harlem and Dorothy is a shy schoolteacher in her 20s who has never ventured beyond it -- a change made to accommodate the casting of Diana Ross (in her 30s at the time) in the role, as she [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiz_(film)#Pre-production_and_development had campaigned heavily for it]]. It's a blizzard that sweeps her to Oz, a fantasy version of the rest of New York City. The Tin Woodman is now a forgotten amusement park robot, the Cowardly Lion masquerades as a statue outside the Public Library, the Wicked Witch of the West (here named Evillene) runs a sweatshop, etc. It remains notable for marking the end of {{Blaxploitation}} in cinema, and for its AllStarCast of African-American talent, from Creator/RichardPryor as the Wiz himself to Lena Horne as Glinda to a 19-year-old Music/MichaelJackson as the Scarecrow (his only major film role, not counting the anthology ''{{Film/Moonwalker}}'' and his cameo in ''Film/MenInBlackII'')[[note]]Jackson's casting in the film brought him to the attention of it's its music producer, Quincy Jones, who convinced Jackson to let him produce what would become his three [[Music/OffTheWall most]] [[Music/{{Thriller}} successful]] [[Music/{{Bad}} albums]].[[/note]].


* TheArtifact: Despite this version depicting the Tin Man as always being a robot, instead of a human turned into a tin man, he still sings - or rather, talk-sings - about wanting to have human feelings "again". It might seem similarly awkward to see the grown-up Dorothy sing the lines, "And maybe I can convince time to slow up/Giving me enough time in my life to grow up", during the song "Home".

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* TheArtifact: Despite this version depicting the Tin Man as always being a robot, instead of a human turned into a tin man, he still sings - or rather, talk-sings - about wanting to have human feelings "again". It might seem similarly awkward to see the grown-up Dorothy sing the lines, "And maybe I can convince time to slow up/Giving me enough time in my life to grow up", during the song "Home"."Home", but it's somewhat subverted by Dorothy's initial depiction in Harlem as a grown, working woman still living with her parents and reluctant to strike out on her own.

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* BigRottenApple: This still being pre-Giuliani New York City, Oz is depicted as [[SceneryGorn the run-down]] WretchedHiveOfScumAndVillainy it was in the 1970s, full of dilapidated cars, crumbling buildings, a jagged skyline and graffiti everywhere. [[InformedAttractiveness This is magical??]]


Creator/{{Motown}} and Creator/{{Universal}} produced a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical ''Theatre/TheWiz'', an all-African-American retelling of the book ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', in 1978. It was directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and Creator/JoelSchumacher wrote the screenplay. In addition to the {{Race Lift}}ing, this added a further, big twist to the ''Oz'' tale: Instead of turn-of-the-20th-century Kansas, the story begins in modern Harlem and Dorothy is a shy schoolteacher in her 20s who has never ventured beyond it -- a change made to accommodate the casting of Diana Ross (in her 30s at the time) in the role, as she [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiz_(film)#Pre-production_and_development had campaigned heavily for it]]. It's a blizzard that sweeps her to Oz, a fantasy version of the rest of New York City. The Tin Woodman is now a forgotten amusement park robot, the Cowardly Lion masquerades as a statue outside the Public Library, the Wicked Witch of the West (here named Evillene) runs a sweatshop, etc. It remains notable for marking the end of {{Blaxploitation}} in cinema, and for its AllStarCast of African-American talent, from Creator/RichardPryor as the Wiz himself to Lena Horne as Glinda to a 19-year-old Music/MichaelJackson as the Scarecrow (his only major film role, not counting the anthology ''{{Film/Moonwalker}}'' and his cameo in ''Film/MenInBlackII'')[[note]]Jackson's casting in the film brought him to the attention of it's music producer, Quincy Jones, who convinced him to produce what would become his three [[Music/OffTheWall most]] [[Music/{{Thriller}} successful]] [[Music/{{Bad}} albums]].[[/note]].

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Creator/{{Motown}} and Creator/{{Universal}} produced a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical ''Theatre/TheWiz'', an all-African-American retelling of the book ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', in 1978. It was directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and Creator/JoelSchumacher wrote the screenplay. In addition to the {{Race Lift}}ing, this added a further, big twist to the ''Oz'' tale: Instead of turn-of-the-20th-century Kansas, the story begins in modern Harlem and Dorothy is a shy schoolteacher in her 20s who has never ventured beyond it -- a change made to accommodate the casting of Diana Ross (in her 30s at the time) in the role, as she [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiz_(film)#Pre-production_and_development had campaigned heavily for it]]. It's a blizzard that sweeps her to Oz, a fantasy version of the rest of New York City. The Tin Woodman is now a forgotten amusement park robot, the Cowardly Lion masquerades as a statue outside the Public Library, the Wicked Witch of the West (here named Evillene) runs a sweatshop, etc. It remains notable for marking the end of {{Blaxploitation}} in cinema, and for its AllStarCast of African-American talent, from Creator/RichardPryor as the Wiz himself to Lena Horne as Glinda to a 19-year-old Music/MichaelJackson as the Scarecrow (his only major film role, not counting the anthology ''{{Film/Moonwalker}}'' and his cameo in ''Film/MenInBlackII'')[[note]]Jackson's casting in the film brought him to the attention of it's music producer, Quincy Jones, who convinced Jackson to let him to produce what would become his three [[Music/OffTheWall most]] [[Music/{{Thriller}} successful]] [[Music/{{Bad}} albums]].[[/note]].


Creator/{{Motown}} and Creator/{{Universal}} produced a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical ''Theatre/TheWiz'', an all-African-American retelling of the book ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', in 1978. It was directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and Creator/JoelSchumacher wrote the screenplay. In addition to the {{Race Lift}}ing, this added a further, big twist to the ''Oz'' tale: Instead of turn-of-the-20th-century Kansas, the story begins in modern Harlem and Dorothy is a shy schoolteacher in her 20s who has never ventured beyond it -- a change made to accommodate the casting of Diana Ross (in her 30s at the time) in the role, as she [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiz_(film)#Pre-production_and_development had campaigned heavily for it]]. It's a blizzard that sweeps her to Oz, a fantasy version of the rest of New York City. The Tin Woodman is now a forgotten amusement park robot, the Cowardly Lion masquerades as a statue outside the Public Library, the Wicked Witch of the West (here named Evillene) runs a sweatshop, etc. It remains notable for marking the end of {{Blaxploitation}} in cinema, and for its AllStarCast of African-American talent, from Creator/RichardPryor as the Wiz himself to Lena Horne as Glinda to a 19-year-old Music/MichaelJackson as the Scarecrow (his only major film role, not counting the anthology ''{{Film/Moonwalker}}'' and his cameo in ''Film/MenInBlackII'').

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Creator/{{Motown}} and Creator/{{Universal}} produced a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical ''Theatre/TheWiz'', an all-African-American retelling of the book ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', in 1978. It was directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and Creator/JoelSchumacher wrote the screenplay. In addition to the {{Race Lift}}ing, this added a further, big twist to the ''Oz'' tale: Instead of turn-of-the-20th-century Kansas, the story begins in modern Harlem and Dorothy is a shy schoolteacher in her 20s who has never ventured beyond it -- a change made to accommodate the casting of Diana Ross (in her 30s at the time) in the role, as she [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiz_(film)#Pre-production_and_development had campaigned heavily for it]]. It's a blizzard that sweeps her to Oz, a fantasy version of the rest of New York City. The Tin Woodman is now a forgotten amusement park robot, the Cowardly Lion masquerades as a statue outside the Public Library, the Wicked Witch of the West (here named Evillene) runs a sweatshop, etc. It remains notable for marking the end of {{Blaxploitation}} in cinema, and for its AllStarCast of African-American talent, from Creator/RichardPryor as the Wiz himself to Lena Horne as Glinda to a 19-year-old Music/MichaelJackson as the Scarecrow (his only major film role, not counting the anthology ''{{Film/Moonwalker}}'' and his cameo in ''Film/MenInBlackII'').
''Film/MenInBlackII'')[[note]]Jackson's casting in the film brought him to the attention of it's music producer, Quincy Jones, who convinced him to produce what would become his three [[Music/OffTheWall most]] [[Music/{{Thriller}} successful]] [[Music/{{Bad}} albums]].[[/note]].


Creator/{{Motown}} and Creator/{{Universal}} produced a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical ''Theatre/TheWiz'', an all-African-American retelling of the book ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', in 1978. It was directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and Creator/JoelSchumacher wrote the screenplay. In addition to the {{Race Lift}}ing, this added a further, big twist to the ''Oz'' tale: Instead of turn-of-the-20th-century Kansas, the story begins in modern Harlem and Dorothy is a shy schoolteacher in her 20s who has never ventured beyond it -- a change made to accommodate the casting of Diana Ross (in her 30s at the time) in the role, as she [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiz_(film)#Pre-production_and_development had campaigned heavily for it]]. It's a blizzard that sweeps her to Oz, a fantasy version of the rest of New York City. The Tin Woodman is now a forgotten amusement park robot, the Cowardly Lion masquerades as a statue outside the Public Library, the Wicked Witch of the West (here named Evillene) runs a sweatshop, etc. It remains notable for marking the end of {{Blaxploitation}} in cinema, and for its AllStarCast of African-American talent, from Creator/RichardPryor as the Wiz himself to Lena Horne as Glinda to a 19-year-old Music/MichaelJackson as the Scarecrow (his only major film role, not counting the anthology ''{{Film/Moonwalker}}'').

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Creator/{{Motown}} and Creator/{{Universal}} produced a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical ''Theatre/TheWiz'', an all-African-American retelling of the book ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', in 1978. It was directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and Creator/JoelSchumacher wrote the screenplay. In addition to the {{Race Lift}}ing, this added a further, big twist to the ''Oz'' tale: Instead of turn-of-the-20th-century Kansas, the story begins in modern Harlem and Dorothy is a shy schoolteacher in her 20s who has never ventured beyond it -- a change made to accommodate the casting of Diana Ross (in her 30s at the time) in the role, as she [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiz_(film)#Pre-production_and_development had campaigned heavily for it]]. It's a blizzard that sweeps her to Oz, a fantasy version of the rest of New York City. The Tin Woodman is now a forgotten amusement park robot, the Cowardly Lion masquerades as a statue outside the Public Library, the Wicked Witch of the West (here named Evillene) runs a sweatshop, etc. It remains notable for marking the end of {{Blaxploitation}} in cinema, and for its AllStarCast of African-American talent, from Creator/RichardPryor as the Wiz himself to Lena Horne as Glinda to a 19-year-old Music/MichaelJackson as the Scarecrow (his only major film role, not counting the anthology ''{{Film/Moonwalker}}'').
''{{Film/Moonwalker}}'' and his cameo in ''Film/MenInBlackII'').

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* {{Gonk}}: Evilene is really ugly.

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* GeniusBonus: Scarecrow gives a strong hint how smart he really is early on: his song "You Can't Win" has the chorus "You can't win, you can't break even, you can't get out of the game." This is accepted as a good layman's explanation for the Laws of Thermodynamics.

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