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The Wiz Edit

'The Wiz is a musical re-imagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with an all African-American cast. It premiered on Broadway in 1975. It was directed by Geoffrey Holder, and had a score by Charlie Smalls, and a libretto by William F. Brown. This production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical was made into a movie in 1978, and a TV musical special that aired on NBC in 2015. Between these adaptations, the play's frequent returns to the stage, and the continued popularity of such numbers as "Ease on Down the Road" and "Home", The Wiz appears to stand as one of the most well-known direct adaptations of original book.' 

CastEdit

Original Cast

Aunt Em

  • Tasha Thomas

Dorothy

  • Stephanie Mills

Uncle Henry

  • Ralph Wilcox

Tornado

  • Evelyn Thomas

Munchkins

  • Phylicia Ayers-Allen
  • Pi Douglass
  • Joni Palmer
  • Andy Torres
  • Carl Weaver

Addapearle

  • Clarice Taylor

Yellow Brick Road

  • Ronald Dunham
  • Eugene Little
  • John Parks
  • Kenneth Scott

Scarecrow

  • Hinton Battle

Crows

  • Wendy Edmead
  • Frances Morgan
  • Ralph Wilcox

Tinman

  • Tiger Haynes

Lion

  • Ted Ross

Kalidahs

  • Phillip Bond
  • Pi Douglass
  • Rodney Green
  • Evelyn Thomas
  • Andy Torres

Poppies

  • Lettie Battle
  • Leslie Butler
  • Eleanor McCoy
  • Frances Morgan
  • Joni Palmer

Field Mice

  • Phylicia Ayers-Allen
  • Pi Douglass
  • Carl Weaver
  • Ralph Wilcox

Gatekeeper

  • Danny Beard

The Wiz

  • André De Shields

Evillene

  • Mabel King

Flying Monkeys

  • Andy Torres

Glinda

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater

Emerald City Citizens

  • Lettie Battle
  • Leslie Butler
  • Wendy Edmead
  • Eleanor McCoy
  • Frances Morgan
  • Joni Palmer
  • Evelyn Thomas
  • Phillip Bond
  • Ronald Dunham
  • Rodney Green
  • Eugene Little
  • John Parks
  • Kenneth Scott
  • Andy Torres

Pit Dingers

  • Frank Floyd
  • Sam Harkness
  • Jozella Reed
  • Tasha Thomas



PhotosEdit

LinksEdit

Broadway Musical
Musical Theatre Audition

VideosEdit

Tony Awards video
Movie Trailer
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