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Family film dances home on a yellow brick road

Posted on: January 29, 2017

Her name is Dorothy.   She is a quiet teacher in Harlem and, even at Thanksgiving, does not feel there is enough to be thankful for.   Then, one snowy night her dog Toto runs away and she races through the snowy streets to find him.

The Murphy Library is showing The Wiz, a 1978 variation on The Wizard of Oz, the classic family musical this Thursday, February 2, at 6:00 p.m. This time Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor ease on down the road and will have you singing along!  The film is rated G and running time is 134 minutes.

Director Sidney Lumet filmed this adventure around New York City, including Shea Stadium, Coney Island, in front of the World Trade Center and on Wards Island Bridge filled with yellow bricks.  And since all of you love the library, don’t miss Patience and Fortitude — they are the lion statues that sit on either side of the New York Public Library.  Patience is the one that is hiding the cowardly lion. Okay, it was a stand-in for the real Patience.

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