Dir. Sidney Lumet. 1978, 134 mins. 35mm. With Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Lena Horne, Richard Pryor. A Harlem school teacher is transported to the land of Oz in this lavish screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. At the time the most expensive production filmed in New York City, The Wiz helped revive the Astoria studio. A Motown co-production, the musical features songs by Luther Vandross and Ashford & Simpson, and a superstar cast headed by Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
Tickets for Friday evening screenings: $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students / free for Museum members) and includes admission to the Museum’s galleries, which are open until 8:00 p.m.