Acclaimed vocalist Todrick Hall, whose Broadway credits include Memphis and the original production of The Color Purple, has released a visual album on YouTube entitled Straight Outta Oz, which tells the story of The Wizard of Oz through the eyes of a young, gay black man.
The nearly hour-long video features numerous guest stars, including Nicole Scherzinger, Joseph Gorden-Levitt, Amber Riley, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Shanice Williams, Perez Hilton, Jordin Sparks and more.
Hall told Playbill.com that he will be performing songs from this album in his upcoming tour “in hopes to move to Broadway someday.”
On the YouTube page for Straight Outta Oz, Hall explains the genesis of the project, writing, “This past year has been very rough for me. I left my manager, lost my Mtv show, struggled with the relationship with my mother, dealing with racism and homophobia in the industry and self image was such a struggle. I put my all into auditioning for NBC's The Wiz and got so close to landing the role of the Scarecrow, but didn't get it. I want to thank my family, friends and fans for helping me out of this dark place and encouraging me to turn my struggle into art. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has always held a special place in my heart, and I have never been more proud of anything I've created. Thank you all for standing by me on this crazy yellow brick road we call life. Enjoy Straight Outta Oz and I hope to see you all this summer when we perform it live. Tickets are on sale now at todrickhall.com and I CANNOT wait to share the story of my life and Oz with you every night.”
Watch the complete visual album below: