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Ashanti, Orlando Jones, Dawnn Lewis, LaChanze and the cast of The Wiz provide a sneak peek of the City Center Encores! production. logo
It's been 34 years since audiences eased on down the road and reveled in the sheer entertainment value of the Charlie Smalls-William F. Brown musical The Wiz, an African-American re-telling of the children's classic The Wizard of Oz. Now, City Center Encores! is offering another opportunity with its Summer Stars production of the show, running June 12-July 5. TheaterMania recently visited a rehearsal for a sneak peek of two of the show's musical numbers, and spoke with its eight leading players: Ashanti (Dorothy), Orlando Jones (The Wiz), Dawnn Lewis (Addaperle), LaChanze (Glinda), Tichina Arnold (Evilene), James Iglehart Monroe (Lion), Joshua Henry (Tinman), and Christian White (Scarecrow).

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