Past Programs
The Wiz (1978)
Shelton Becton, Dale Gregory
Fri, February 28th, 2020 | 7:00 pm


Justice in Film
Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s film series, featuring opening remarks by notable filmmakers, writers, legal scholars, and historians. Explore how film has tackled social strife, morality, and the perennial struggle between right and wrong—conflicts that manifest across cultures and history.

The Wiz (1978)
This cult classic musical extravaganza is a reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s beloved book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz featuring a star-studded all-black cast. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Lena Horne. 135 min.

Please note: Due to a change in their schedules, Gail Lumet Buckley and Bob Herbert are no longer available to introduce The Wiz. They will be back at New-York Historical on May 15th to introduce Ziegfeld Follies.


Shelton Becton is a music director, conductor and arranger, whose Broadway credits include The WizAin't Misbehavin'The Color PurpleMemphisBaby It's You!, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, and Shuffle Along. He has worked with artists such as Judy Collins, Phylicia Rashad, and Bette Midler, and presently serves as music director for Roberta Flack. He has performed with Marvin Hamlisch, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., and his compositions and vocal work have been featured in radio, television, and film. Dale Gregory is vice president for public programs at the New-York Historical Society.


Entrance to the film series is included with Museum Admission during New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6–8 pm). No advance reservations. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm. New-York Historical Society Members receive priority.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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