Just finished playing in the orchestra for a local production of The Wiz (a friend was the music director).

Based on the liner notes in the drum parts, the music was heavily influenced by “Shaft”. It holds up great. A Broadway revival has been attempted, but so far the show only had a 4-week run at the NY City Center (starring Ashanti).

The film version, directed by Sidney Lumet, wasn’t well-reviewed, despite Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, and director Sidney Lumet. Which is too bad, because the trailer looks great:

UPDATE: The previous video of the trailer was taken down from YouTube, here instead is the oddly static “Ease on Down the Road” scene.

Posted 9 years ago by John Piscitello

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