About This Show

The Wiz is an all-black adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, told from the African-American perspective. It has a book by William F. Brown, music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and orchestrations by Harold Wheeler.

The Wiz will be directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, the duo who brought the Tony-Award winning In the Heights to Broadway last season.

Grammy Award winner Ashanti stars as Dorothy, with the principal cast also including 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.

Show Details

Dates: Opening Night: June 18, 2009 Final Performance: July 5, 2009

Theatermania Review

| | June 18, 2009
City Center Encores! offers a visually sumptuous but otherwise uneven production of the 1975 musical version of The Wizard of Oz.

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