Chicago’s Kokandy Productions will present The Wiz at Theater Wit this March, under the direction of Lili-Anne Brown.
Performances will begin March 5 and continue through April 16 at Theater Wit, located at 1229 West Belmont, Chicago.
The cast includes Angela Alise (The House That Will Not Stand), Breon Arzell (You On The Moors Now), Chuckie Benson (Rent), Sydney Charles (Octagon), Kyrie Courter (Dreamgirls), Anna Dauzvardis (Red Velvet), Gilbert Domally (Next to Normal), Desmond Gray (Hit The Wall), Jyreika Evelyn Guest (Redlined), Nicole Michelle Haskins (First Lady Suite), Frederick Harris (Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys), De’Jah Perkins (The Drowsy Chaperone), Steven Perkins (Smokey Joe‘s), Tia Pinson (Spamalot), Michael Rawls (Fable-Ous), Kelly Campos, Darrin Patin (High Fidelity), and Julian Terrell Otis (Urban Love Story).
The 1975 Broadway hit, featuring music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, is a restructured version of L. Frank Baum’s classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The musical is reset to a modern African-American culture that allows audience members to rethink timeless characters featured in the book.
Brown directs with assistant director and choreographer Arzell. Kait Samuels is the stage manager, Ebony Chuukwu is the assistant stage manager, and Lindsay Brown is the production manager. Set design is by Arnel Sancianco, with props design by Mealah Hiedenreich, lighting design by Alexander Ridgers, sound design by Michael J. Patrick, and costume design by Virginia Varland. Darian Tene serves as the assistant choreographer, William F. Brown as booker, and Jimmy Morehead as musical director. Sound engineering is by Kirstin Johnson, with paint charge by Emily Boyd. Shawn Kronk is the master electrician.
For tickets or more information visit theaterwit.org or call the box office at (773) 975-8150.