Dede Allen: The Wiz (1978)

This week in our Dede Allen retrospective we take a sharp left turn from the tense crime dramas of Bonnie and Clyde and Dog Day Afternoon to the leisurely paced stage musical adaptation of The Wiz. It’s quite the shift and the results are…mixed. There’s a lot to like here, from the imaginative sets, to the strong choreography and impressive musical numbers. There’s also a lot that has us scratching our heads like the rough lighting and that unbearably slow dance number in the middle just before meeting the Wiz. Join us as we attempt to unpack what worked and what didn’t for us and enjoy a wholly unique and compelling take on The Wizard of Oz.


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