Encores! Summer Stars to Present The Wiz

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Following its acclaimed productions of Gypsy and Damn Yankees, City Center's Encores! Summer Stars series will continue in June with The Wiz.
Andy Blankenbuehler and Thomas Kail
Andy Blankenbuehler and Thomas Kail

The modern retelling of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," which features an African-American cast, will play the famed New York City venue June 12-July 3. Opening night is set for June 18. The production will be directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler. Kail was Tony-nominated for his direction of In the Heights, and Blankenbuehler won the coveted award for his choreography of that Tony-winning musical, which continues to play the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

The Wiz features a book by William F. Brown and 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.

No casting has been announced for the City Center production.

Tickets, priced $25-$110, will be available to City Center members beginning Feb. 25, to Encores! subscribers on March 2 and to the general public on March 9.

City Center is located at West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. For more information visit www.nycitycenter.org.

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