Wayne Brady will star in the latest revival of the seven-time Tony Award-winning musical, which just launched a national tour prior to its New York opening.
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Escape into the magical world of Oz with the latest revival of The Wiz on Broadway, with stage and screen star Wayne Brady in the title role. Check back for information on The Wiz tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
Based on L. Frank Baum's well-known book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Wiz on Broadway tells the story of Dorothy, a farm girl in Kansas who gets transported in a tornado to the magical land of Oz. The Wiz, an all-Black retelling, transforms this classic tale into a musical with pop, R&B, jazz, and soul music and dance. In Oz, Dorothy makes new friends, seeks the help of the mysterious Wiz, and battles evil witches. This version of the story still celebrates friendship and overcoming adversity while also celebrating Black culture.
The Wiz musical became an immediate Broadway sensation when it premiered in 1975. The show ran for 1,672 performances over four years and won seven Tony awards, including Best Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Original Score. The original production starred Stephanie Mills (Dorothy), Hinton Battle (Scarecrow), Tiger Haynes (Tinman), and Ted Ross (Lion).
The Wiz's success catapulted it to the big screen in 1978. The movie boasts a talented cast, including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Mabel King, and Ross. It was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Best Costume Design, and Best Adaptation Score. Michael Jackson also won Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards.
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Cast and creative
By: William F. Brown, with additional material by Amber Ruffin, based on the book by L. Frank Baum
Songs by: Charlie Smalls
Director: Schele Williams
Choreography: JaQuel Knight
Cast list: Wayne Brady (as The Wiz), Nichelle Lewis (as Dorothy), Deborah Cox (as Glinda), Melody A. Betts (as Aunt Em and Evillene), Kyle Ramar Freeman (as the Lion), Phillip Johnson Richardson (as the Tinman), Avery Wilson (as the Scarecrow)
Design: Hannah Beachler
Costumes: Sharen Davis
Lighting: Ryan J. O’Gara
Sound: Jon Weston
Other info: Projection design by Daniel Brodie; wig design by Charles LaPointe; makeup design by Kirk Cambridge-Del Pesche; music supervision, orchestrations, and music arrangements by Joseph Joubert; vocal and music arrangements by Allen René Louis; dance music arrangements by Adam Blackstone
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Wayne Brady is among the stars of the musical revival, which will play a national tour this fall ahead of a planned spring 2024 premiere on Broadway.