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The Wiz Is Coming Back to Broadway

A reimagined production of the Tony-winning musical will tour nationally before a limited Broadway engagement.

Amber Ruffin is writing new material for the Broadway-bound revival of The Wiz.
(© Tricia Baron)

An all-new production of The Wiz is being prepared for a national tour, and is expected to arrive on Broadway in the spring of 2024. The tour will kick off in the fall of 2023 in Baltimore, home of the 1974 world premiere of The Wiz.

Featuring a book by William F. Brown and a Tony Award-winning score by Charlie Smalls, The Wiz retells the story of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz for an all-Black cast. Schele Williams will helm this reimagined production, with choreography by Jaquel Knight, additional material by Amber Ruffin, and music supervision, orchestrations, and music arrangements by Joseph Joubert.

The Wiz premiered on Broadway in 1975 and went on to win seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Ted Ross), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Dee Dee Bridgewater), Best Choreography (George Faison), Best Direction of a Musical (Geoffrey Holder), and Best Costume Design (Geoffrey Holder). A 1978 film adaptation starred Diana Ross, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Richard Pryor, and Lena Horne.

This revival of The Wiz is being produced by Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson, Brian Anthony Moreland, and Ambassador Theatre Group.