The Rufus Project Redeeming Features Cast: The Wiz (1978)

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Kristian and Trevor take on the challenge of redeeming The Wiz from 1978, starring a 33 year old Diana Ross playing a 24 year old kindergarten teacher Dorothy and Michael Jackson in his film debut as a scarecrow worried about his constipation… or is that just Trevor’s interpretation?

Does being based on a hit broadway musical help this movie out? How about the fact the director, Sidney Lumet, was highly respected with a considerable body of work?  Can we get past the fact that Michael Jackson’s scarecrow makeup makes it look like he’s worried about his constipation?  Is The Wiz redeemable?

Listen on and find out!

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**Fine print**Opening theme sampled from The Jumpin’ Jive – Van Alexander Orchestra (1939), available under public domain at The Internet ArchiveOriginal lyrics and questionable singing by Trevor Holland

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