This was simply a retelling of THE WIZARD OF OZ. It could very easily have fallen flat and been forgotten. It wasn't, however, primarily because of the wonderful actors and actresses and the absolutely fantastic music. Yes, it's somewhat dated now, since this film was made in 1978. Soul music has advanced quite a bit since 1978. Still, while the lyrics may be dated, the melodies in the songs are still great. EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD has such a wonderful, lifting beat and swing, for instance. The one song that defines this musical for me, though, is sung by Michael Jackson, who is absolutely marvelous as the Scarecrow. YOU CAN'T WIN, YOU CAN'T BREAK EVEN AND YOU CAN'T QUIT THE GAME. That was so true in 1978, and it's still true today and it will be true a thousand years from now. It is the perfect description of human life. The cast was a who's who of Black talent in 1978, and these people were really really talented. Diana Ross, Nipsy Russell, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, Lena Horne, Mabel King.......these people weren't just talented Black performers, they were wonderfully talented people. It lost money, unfortunately, but to me, this is just as much fun to watch as the original WIZARD OF OZ and the music did swing a lot more.