The Wiz Reviews

March 26, 2019
The Wiz can't quite get it together. Nonetheless, this trip up the yellow-brick road has something to please almost everyone.
March 26, 2019
Director Sidney Lumet has created what amounts to a love letter to the city of New York, which he equates with Oz.
March 5, 2019
Taken on its own terms it gets better as it goes along, and winds up generating a mostly happy experience for those members of the audience who will take its lead and "ease on down" the road.
June 16, 2018
It's good that the Scarecrow is the first traveling companion she meets; Michael Jackson fills the role with humor and warmth.
April 11, 2016
If you can take it just as an occasion for the exercise of some real talents, a good time can be had much of the time.
December 18, 2015
Sidney Lumet's spectacular, joyous production of The Wiz generates a mood of wonder and sentimental rapture recalling the arrival of the Mother Ship in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
October 25, 2008
Well, it's nice to see the child-voiced Michael Jackson with a bulbous brown nose in this black American retake of The Wizard Of Oz
September 28, 2007
On the plus side are vast, brilliant sets by Tony Walton, a couple of well-staged show-stoppers, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, and Diana Ross who, as Dorothy, is just gorgeous.
May 21, 2004
January 24, 2004
A celebration of personhood with plenty of rousing rock-and-soul-and gospel music.
August 12, 2003
[It boasts] spirited performances from Jackson, Ross and Pryor and its fair share of lively Motown-styled musical numbers.
July 26, 2002
January 1, 2000