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The Wiz

The Wiz

by Charlie Smalls and William F. Brown

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The Wiz

The Wiz




This “super soul” 1975 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical retells L. Frank Baum’s classic “The Wizard of Oz” in the context of African-American culture.


Story:

Dorothy, a restless Kansas farm girl eager to see more of the world, is transported by a tornado to a magical world of Munchkins, witches, and a yellow brick road. On her way to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz, who she believes can help her get back home to Kansas, she encounters the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion - friends who help her battle the Wicked Witch of the West and eventually learn that there really is “no place like home.”


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Composer

Composer and Lyricist
Charlie Smalls

Librettist

Librettist
William F. Brown



  • Premiere
  • 1984
  • 1978 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Majestic Theatre, Broadway Theatre
Opening Night
Jan 5, 1975
Total Performances
1,672
Original Cast
Tiger Haynes, Ted Ross, Hinton Battle, Stephanie Mills, Clarice Taylor, Mabel King, Andre De Shields, Tasha Thomas, DeeDee Bridgewater
Director
Geoffrey Holder
Choreographer
George Faison
Producer
Ken Harper
Musical Director
Charles H. Coleman
Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler
Scenic Design
Tom H. John
Costume Design
Geoffrey Holder
Lighting Design
Tharon Musser

1984 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Opening Night
May 24, 1984
Total Performances
13
Original Cast
Stephanie Mills, Gregg Baker, Peggie Blue, Ann Duquesnay, Juanita Fleming, Carl Hall, Ella Mitchell, Howard Porter, Charles Valentino
Director
Geoffrey Holder
Choreographer
George Faison
Producer
Tom Mallow, James Janek and The Shubert Organization
Musical Director
Charles H. Coleman
Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler
Scenic Design
Peter Wolf
Costume Design
Geoffrey Holder
Lighting Design
Paul Sullivan

1978 Film Version

Movie Name
The Wiz
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
Sidney Lumet
Screenplay
Joel Schumacher
Starring
Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell




CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
Motion Picture Soundtrack


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD

Blu-Ray
Original Hollywood Version Blu-Ray


Other

Merchandise




1975 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Original Score
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Ted Ross
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Dee Dee Bridgewater
Best Costume Design
Best Choreography
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Book of a Musical

1975 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Music and Lyrics
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Ted Ross
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Costume Design
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Stephanie Mills
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Hinton Battle
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Mabel King
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Set Design

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