By Andrew Gans
16 Jul 2014
T. Oliver Reid will direct a cast that includes Terry Burrell, Eleasha Gamble, Danielle Herbert, Kingsley Leggs, Tony winner Adriane Lenox, Kecia Lewis, Kenita R. Miller, N'Kenge, Ken Page, Vivian Reed, Rashidra Scott, Mariand Torres, Alton Fitzgerald White and Virginia Woodruff.
William F. Brown wrote the book for the soulful contemporary retelling of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." The Wiz also features music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. The original 1974 production, directed by Geoffrey Holder and choreographed by George Faison, won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. The premiere Broadway company featured Hinton Battle, Tiger Haynes, Stephanie Mills, Ted Ross, Dee Dee Bridgewater, André De Shields and Mabel King.
The Tony Award-winning score includes "Home," "Ease on Down the Road," and "If You Believe," among others.
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