Past Event: Moonlight & Movies | The Wiz

When: Thursday, January 26, 2023, 6:30pm

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Four people in costumes stand in front of a yellow brick backdrop.
Getty Images, Michael Ochs Archives

Join us for a screening of The Wiz (1978), director Sidney Lumet's spectacular version of the hit 1974 Broadway musical featuring an all-star Black cast and based loosely on L. Frank Baum's classic 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  Set in a dreamscape version of New York City, the film stars Diana Ross as Dorothy (reimagined as a Harlem schoolteacher), a 20-year old Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, and other major stars including Nipsey Russell, Lena Horne, Richard Pryor, Mabel King and Ted Ross. With the World Trade Center standing in for Emerald City, costumes by Halston and Stephen Burrows, and music by Charlie Smalls and Luther Vandross (supervised by Quincy Jones), this now cult-status NYC movie is an unbeatable big-screen experience.

Part of our monthly Moonlight & Movies series, The Wiz will be introduced by veteran NYC film curator and producer Jessica Green

Event Timeline:
6:00 pm - Doors open to Ronay Menschel Hall (Ground Floor); drinks & popcorn available for purchase. 
6:30 pm - Introduction by Jessica Green
6:45 pm - Screening of The Wiz (135 mins)
9:00 pm - Film ends, Museum closes

About Jessica Green:
Jessica Green is an independent film curator and producer, currently working on projects with the Weeksville Heritage Center and the Museum of the City of New York. She was the artistic director of Houston Cinema Arts Society from 2019-2022, and the cinema director of the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem, founded by legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles, from 2008-2018.

Event Logistics (subject to changed based on NYC regulations):

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  • All sales are final; refunds not permitted. Exchanges and credit for future programs only. Programs and dates may be subject to change. 

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Moonlight & Movies is made possible in part by Sophia and Peter J. Volandes.

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