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Why see The Wiz?

Coming to an Emerald City Near You!

The seven-time Tony-winning hit, "The Wiz," is back with a brand new Pre-Broadway tour the first in 40 years! The soul, gospel, funk, and R&B-fused reimagining of Frank L. Baum's "The Wizard of Oz" will be taking to the road in a brand new production directed by Schele Williams, presenting William F. Brown and Charlie Smalls' vibrant musical for the 21st century. With additional material by Amber Ruffin and choreography by Jaquel Knight, join Dorothy, Toto, Tinman, Scarecrow, and Lion as they boogie down the Yellow Brick Road in search of heart, knowledge, courage, and home!

What is the Story of The Wiz?

It's the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but not quite as you know it. Written by Charlie Smalls and William F. Brown, The Wiz reimagines the story of Dorothy and Co. with an entirely African-American cast and a score infused with infectious gospel and soul. The show's best-known numbers are 'Be the Lion' and 'Ease on Down the Road'.

Originally debuting on Broadway in 1975, The Wiz won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, and was later adapted into the cult movie of the same, which starred Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

Key Information

Run Time

Two hours and 20 minutes with one interval

Dates

Aug 5 - 10, 2025

Cast

  • Nichelle Lewis as Dorothy
  • Alan Mingo Jr as The Wiz (selected dates)
  • Wayne Brady as The Wiz (selected dates)
  • Deborah Cox as Glinda
  • Melody A. Betts as Aunt Em/ Evillene
  • Kyle Ramar Freeman as the Lion
  • Phillip Johnson Richardson as the Tinman
  • Avery Wilson as the Scarecrow

Further cast

Maya Bowles, Shayla Alayre Caldwell, Jay Copeland, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Judith Franklin, Michael Samarie George, Collin Heyward, Amber Jackson, Olivia Jackson, Christina Jones, Polanco Jones, Kolby Kindle, Mariah Lyttle, Kareen Marsh, Anthony Murphy, Cristina Rae, Matthew Sims Jr, Avilon Trust Tate and Keenan D. Washington.

Creative

Book by William F. Brown
Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Additional material Amber Ruffin
Directed by Schele Williams
Choreographed by JaQuel Knigh
Music supervision, orchestrations, & music arrangement by Joseph Joubert 

Reviews

Customer reviews

17 reviews, average rating: (4.1 Stars)

Chad Foster

Great Cast

This 2024 remake of The Wiz was great. My girlfriend, and I truly enjoyed the show, and look forward to spreading the word, so our friends and family support the Arts. ... Read more

Linda Holden

Excellent

My daughter blessed me for Mother’s Day with tickets and hotel stay in New York. The play was Excellent! Culturally Correct version of the Wiz. The choreography and costumes were mesmerizing. The performances by the actors were delightfully uplifting. I am still singing ease on down the road ... Read more

Lindsay Rucker

Wow!! That was fun 🤩

They did such a great job with this performance, the singing was amazing I have been to a number of shows, but this one was definitely worth it the lighting and the different stage set ups that they did were really entertaining and all of the clothes and fashion were amazing, I would definitely recommend this. It was funny lighthearted kept my attention. Such a great night . ... Read more

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