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The Wiz 2024 Broadway Revival Is Getting a Cast Recording

The album will be released on July 12.

Kyle Ramar Freeman, Nichelle Lewis, Phillip Johnson Richardson, and Avery Wilson (© Jeremy Daniel)
Kyle Ramar Freeman, Nichelle Lewis, Phillip Johnson Richardson, and Avery Wilson
(© Jeremy Daniel)

Interscope Records and The Wiz producers (Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson, Brian Anthony Moreland, Ambassador Theatre Group, Kandi Burruss, and Todd Tucker) announced that the 2024 cast recording of The Wiz will be released on July 12 by Immersive/Interscope Records.

The Wiz played to 13 cities across America on its pre-Broadway tour before opening on Broadway on April 17 at the Marquis Theatre.

The cast features Nichelle Lewis as Dorothy, Wayne Brady as The Wiz, Deborah Cox as Glinda, Melody A. Betts as Aunt Em and Evillene, Kyle Ramar Freeman as Lion, Phillip Johnson Richardson as Tinman, and Avery Wilson as Scarecrow. The ensemble includes Lauryn Adams, 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, Kareem Marsh, Alan Mingo, Jr., Anthony Murphy, Dustin Praylow, Cristina Rae, Matthew Sims Jr, Avilon Trust Tate, Keenan D. Washington, and Timothy Wilson.

The Wiz is a twist on The Wizard of Oz featuring a book by William F. Brown and a Tony Award-winning score by Charlie Smalls (and others), direction by Schele Williams, choreography by JaQuel Knight, and additional material by Tony-nominated and Emmy-nominated writer and TV host Amber Ruffin. The show also features music supervision, orchestrations, and music arrangements by Joseph Joubert, vocal and music arrangements by Allen René Louis, dance music arrangements by Adam Blackstone and Terence Vaughn, and music direction by Paul Byssainthe Jr.

The design team includes scenic designer Hannah Beachler, costume designer Sharen Davis, lighting designer Ryan J. O’Gara, sound designer Jon Weston, video and projection designer Daniel Brodie, wig designer Charles LaPointe, and make-up designer Kirk Cambridge-Del Pesche.

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