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Ashanti, LaChanze, Nigel, Orlando Jones, et al. to Star in City Center Encores! The Wiz logo
Complete casting has been announced for New York City Center Encores! Summer Stars production of The Wiz to run June 12-July 5, with an official opening on June 18.

Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail will direct the show, which has a book by William F. Brown, music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, and orchestrations by Harold Wheeler. The production will feature choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, music direction by Alex Lacamoire, sets by David Korins, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Ken Billington, and sound by ACME Sound Partners.

In addition to Grammy Award winner Ashanti in the role of Dorothy, the cast will include Orlando Jones as The Wiz, LaChanze as Glinda, Tichina Arnold as Evillene, Dawnn Lewis as Addaperle, Joshua Henry as the Tinman, James Monroe Iglehart as the Lion, and Christian White as the Scarecrow. Nigel will play the role of Toto.

The cast will also feature Raymond Bennett, Tanya Birl, Darlesia Cearcy, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Angela Grovey, Ebony Haswell, Lauren Lim Jackson, Carl Lation, Maurice Lauchner, Jennifer Locke, Amy McClendon, Kenna Morris, John Eric Parker, Herman Payne, Ryan Rankine, Levensky Smith, Ephraim Sykes, Adrienne Warren, Daniel J. Watts, Juson Williams, and Will Wingfield.

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