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Why see The Wiz?

Coming to an Emerald City Near You!

The seven-time Tony-winning hit, "The Wiz," is back with a brand new Pre-Broadway tour the first in 40 years! The soul, gospel, funk, and R&B-fused reimagining of Frank L. Baum's "The Wizard of Oz" will be taking to the road in a brand new production directed by Schele Williams, presenting William F. Brown and Charlie Smalls' vibrant musical for the 21st century. With additional material by Amber Ruffin and choreography by Jaquel Knight, join Dorothy, Toto, Tinman, Scarecrow, and Lion as they boogie down the Yellow Brick Road in search of heart, knowledge, courage, and home!

What is the Story of The Wiz?

It's the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but not quite as you know it. Written by Charlie Smalls and William F. Brown, The Wiz reimagines the story of Dorothy and Co. with an entirely African-American cast and a score infused with infectious gospel and soul. The show's best-known numbers are 'Be the Lion' and 'Ease on Down the Road'.

Originally debuting on Broadway in 1975, The Wiz won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, and was later adapted into the cult movie of the same, which starred Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

Key Information

Covid 19 secure

You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Run Time

Two hours and 20 minutes with one interval

Dates

Open until Mar 3

Cast

  • Nichelle Lewis as Dorothy
  • Alan Mingo Jr as The Wiz (selected dates)
  • Wayne Brady as The Wiz (selected dates)
  • Deborah Cox as Glinda
  • Melody A. Betts as Aunt Em/ Evillene
  • Kyle Ramar Freeman as the Lion
  • Phillip Johnson Richardson as the Tinman
  • Avery Wilson as the Scarecrow

Further cast

Maya Bowles, Shayla Alayre Caldwell, Jay Copeland, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Judith Franklin, Michael Samarie George, Collin Heyward, Amber Jackson, Olivia Jackson, Christina Jones, Polanco Jones, Kolby Kindle, Mariah Lyttle, Kareen Marsh, Anthony Murphy, Cristina Rae, Matthew Sims Jr, Avilon Trust Tate and Keenan D. Washington.

Creative

Book by William F. Brown
Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Additional material Amber Ruffin
Directed by Schele Williams
Choreographed by JaQuel Knigh
Music supervision, orchestrations, & music arrangement by Joseph Joubert 

Reviews

Customer reviews

17 reviews, average rating: (4.1 Stars)

Yvette

OMG AMAZING.

LOVED LOVED LOVED The Wiz last nite in San Francisco. My first time seeing a show with live music, dancing, fun, and so much entertainment. The singing, on point amazing. Loved Dorothy, tin man, lion, scarecrow, and all the dancing. Worse part for me was traffic and parking for area I'm not familiar with. Staff very nice and friendly. ... Read more

Lindsay Rucker

Wow!! That was fun 🤩

They did such a great job with this performance, the singing was amazing I have been to a number of shows, but this one was definitely worth it the lighting and the different stage set ups that they did were really entertaining and all of the clothes and fashion were amazing, I would definitely recommend this. It was funny lighthearted kept my attention. Such a great night . ... Read more

Yvette

OMG AMAZING.

LOVED LOVED LOVED The Wiz last nite in San Francisco. My first time seeing a show with live music, dancing, fun, and so much entertainment. The singing, on point amazing. Loved Dorothy, tin man, lion, scarecrow, and all the dancing. Worse part for me was traffic and parking for area I'm not familiar with. Staff very nice and friendly. ... Read more

News

The Wizard Of Oz vs The Wiz

The Wizard Of Oz vs The Wiz

Saadiqah, August 17th, 2023
With the seven-time Tony award-winning hit The Wiz set to go on tour across North America starting at The Cary Theater on August 20 and hitting the Broadway stage in 2024...
Read more

The Wizard Of Oz vs The Wiz

The Wizard Of Oz vs The Wiz
Saadiqah, August 17th, 2023
With the seven-time Tony award-winning hit The Wiz set to go on tour across North America starting at The Cary Theater on August 20 and hitting the Broadway stage in 2024...
Read more

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