The Wiz


The musical version of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"


Majestic Theatre, (1/05/1975 - 5/25/1977)
Broadway Theatre, (5/25/1977 - 1/28/1979)

First Preview: Dec 24, 1974
Opening Date: Jan 05, 1975
Closing Date: Jan 28, 1979
Total Previews: 15
Total Performances: 1672

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Description: Soft-rock musical version of the Oz story.

Opening Night Production Staff

Produced by Ken Harper

Music by Charlie Smalls; Lyrics by Charlie Smalls; Book by William F. Brown; The new musical version of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum; Music orchestrated by Harold Wheeler; Vocal arrangements by Charles H. Coleman; Dance arrangements by Timothy Graphenreed; Musical Director: Charles H. Coleman

Directed by Geoffrey Holder; Choreographed by George Faison

Scenic Design by Tom H. John; Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser; Wig Design by Stanley James; Make-Up Design by Stanley James; Tinman costume executed by Frederick Nihda; Sound Design by Richard J.C. Miller

General Manager: Emanuel Azenberg, Eugene V. Wolsk and Jose Véga; Company Manager: Susan Bell

Production Stage Manager: Charles Blackwell; Stage Manager: Henry Velez and Jerry Laws

Musical Coordinator: Earl Shendell

Special Effects by Ronald Vitelli; Magic Consultant: Steve Rodman

Press Representative: The Merlin Group, Ltd. and Sandra Manley; Animal Trainer: Dawn Animal Agency, Inc.; Advertising: Matthew Serino and The Blaine Thompson Company; Photographer: Martha Swope; Casting: Johnson-Liff Associates; Poster Designed by Milton Glazer (Pushpin Studios)

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Opening Night Cast

Hinton BattleScarecrow
Tiger HaynesTinman
Stephanie MillsDorothy
Ted RossLion
Dee Dee BridgewaterGlinda
André De ShieldsThe Wiz
Mabel KingEvillene
Clarice TaylorAddaperle
Tasha ThomasAunt Em
Pit Singer
Phylicia Ayers-AllenMunchkin
Field Mouse
Lettie BattlePoppy
Emerald City Citizen
Danny BeardRoyal Gatekeeper
Phillip BondKalidah
Emerald City Citizen
Leslie ButlerPoppy
Emerald City Citizen
Pi DouglassMunchkin
Kalidah
Field Mouse
Ronald DunhamYellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Wendy EdmeadCrow
Emerald City Citizen
Frank FloydPit Singer
Rodney GreenKalidah
Emerald City Citizen
Sam HarknessPit Singer
Eugene LittleYellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Eleanor McCoyPoppy
Emerald City Citizen
Frances MorganCrow
Poppy
Emerald City Citizen
NancyToto
Joni PalmerMunchkin
Poppy
Emerald City Citizen
John ParksYellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Howard PorterMunchkin
Jozella ReedPit Singer
Kenneth ScottYellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Evelyn ThomasTornado
Kalidah
Emerald City Citizen
Andy TorresWinged Monkey
Munchkin
Kalidah
Emerald City Citizen
Carl WeaverSoldier Messenger
Munchkin
Field Mouse
Ralph WilcoxUncle Henry
Lord High Underling
Field Mouse
Crow

Swings: Cynthia Ashby and Otis Sallid

Standby: Butterfly McQueen (Addaperle) and Arnetia Walker (Dorothy)

Understudies: Phylicia Ayers-Allen (Glinda), Dee Dee Bridgewater (Aunt Em), Pi Douglass (Scarecrow), Jozella Reed (Addaperle), Tasha Thomas (Evillene) and Ralph Wilcox (Tinman)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1975 Best Musical [winner] 

Produced by Ken Harper

 1975 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by William F. Brown

winner 1975 Best Original Score [winner] 

Music by Charlie Smalls; Lyrics by Charlie Smalls

winner 1975 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Ted Ross

winner 1975 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Dee Dee Bridgewater

winner 1975 Best Costume Design [winner] 

Geoffrey Holder

winner 1975 Best Choreography [winner] 

George Faison

winner 1975 Best Direction of a Musical [winner] 

Geoffrey Holder

Drama Desk Award

winner 1975 Outstanding Musical [winner] 

Produced by Ken Harper

winner 1975 Outstanding Music and Lyrics [winner] 

Music by Charlie Smalls; Lyrics by Charlie Smalls

 1975 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Stephanie Mills

winner 1975 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Ted Ross

 1975 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Hinton Battle

 1975 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Mabel King

winner 1975 Outstanding Choreography [winner] 

George Faison

 1975 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 

Geoffrey Holder

winner 1975 Outstanding Costume Design [winner] 

Geoffrey Holder

 1975 Outstanding Set Design [nominee] 

Tom H. John

Songs

music by Charlie Smalls; lyrics by Charlie Smalls
(Unless otherwise noted)


ACT 1 Sung By
The Feeling We Once HadAunt Em
Tornado BalletCompany
He's the WizardAddaperle and Munchkins
Soon as I Get HomeDorothy
I Was Born on the Day Before YesterdayScarecrow and Crows
Ease on Down the RoadDorothy, Scarecrow and Yellow Brick Road
Slide Some Oil to MeTinman, Dorothy and Scarecrow
Mean Ole LionLion
Kalidah BattleDorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, Kalidahs and Yellow Brick Road
Be a LionDorothy and Lion
Lion's DreamLion and Poppies
Emerald City Ballet (Psst)
(music by Timothy Graphenreed and George Faison; lyrics by George Faison )
Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion and Company
So You Wanted to Meet the WizardThe Wiz
To Be Able to Feel (What Would I Do If I Could Feel)Tinman
ACT 2 Sung By
No Bad NewsEvillene
Funky MonkeysMonkeys
Everybody Rejoice
(music by Luther Vandross; lyrics by Luther Vandross )
Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion and Winkies
Who Do You Think You Are?Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion
Believe in YourselfThe Wiz
Y'all Got It!The Wiz
A Rested Body Is a Rested MindGlinda
Believe in Yourself (Reprise) Glinda
HomeDorothy

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Majestic Theatre

(1/5/1975 - 5/25/1977)

Production Stage Manager: Christopher Kelly.

Cast

Thea Barnes
Poppy
Gregg Burge
Kalidah
Scarecrow
Edye Byrde
Evillene
Albert Fann
Crow
Field Mouse
Lord High Underling
Uncle Henry
Keith Harris
Kalidah
Winged Monkey
Theresa Merritt
Evillene (Apr 12, 1976 - ?)
Jozella Reed
Addaperle
Irene Reid
Evillene
Toney Watkins
Lord High Underling
Uncle Henry
James Wigfall
Lion
Charles Lavont Williams
Scarecrow
Soldier Messenger

Standby: Renée Harris (Dorothy).

Broadway Theatre

(5/25/1977 - 1/28/1979)

Musical Director: Tom Pierson.

Production Stage Manager: Robert Currie; Stage Manager: Donald Christy, Bob Burland.

Cast

Phylicia Ayers-Allen
Emerald City Citizen
Ruth Brisbane
Evillene
Gregg Burge
Broadway debut
Scarecrow
Deborah Burrell
Broadway debut
Glinda
Leslie Butler
Munchkin
Wendy Edmead
Tornado
Pat Estwick
Emerald City Citizen
Poppy
L. Michael Gray
Lion (Feb 7, 1978 - ?)
Rodney Green
Yellow Brick Road
DeMarest Grey
Pit Singer
Carl Hall
The Wiz (Jul 17, 1977 - ?)
Sam Harkness
Field Mouse
Ben Harney
Tinman
Dyane Harvey
Munchkin
Lois Hayes
Emerald City Citizen
Munchkin
Poppy
Paul Hoskins
Emerald City Citizen
Yellow Brick Road
Kevin Jeff
Emerald City Citizen
Winged Monkey
Kwame Johnson
Emerald City Citizen
Kalidah
Munchkin
Michael Leslie
Lord High Underling
Uncle Henry
Lion (May 1978 - Jan 28, 1979)
Claudia Lewis
Kalidah
Esther Marrow
Aunt Em
Pit Singer
Alvin McDuffie
Emerald City Citizen
Kalidah
Yellow Brick Road
Theresa Merritt
Evillene
Ella Mitchell
Evillene
Ken Page
Lion
John Parks
Kalidah
Howard Porter
Field Mouse
Royal Gatekeeper
Alma Robinson
Emerald City Citizen
Kalidah
Renee Rose
Crow
Emerald City Citizen
Poppy
Janyse M. Singleton
Pit Singer
Alwin Taylor
Kalidah
Bruce Taylor
Emerald City Citizen
Kalidah
Chuck Thorpe
Yellow Brick Road
Toto
Toto
Gayle Turner
Kalidah
Carl Weaver
Kalidah
Alan Weeks
The Wiz
Westy
Toto
James Wigfall
Lion (Oct 31, 1977 - ?)
Allison Williams
Tornado
Victor Willis
Lord High Underling
Royal Gatekeeper
Uncle Henry

Swing: DeMarest Grey, Carl Hardy, Dyane Harvey, Christina Kimball, Al Peryman.

Understudy: Ruth Brisbane (Addaperle, Evillene), Deborah Burrell (Aunt Em), Wendy Edmead (Aunt Em), Pat Estwick (Dorothy), Kwame Johnson (The Wiz), Michael Leslie (Lion, Lord High Underling), Alvin McDuffie (Scarecrow), Howard Porter (Tinman), Janyse M. Singleton (Glinda), Gayle Turner (Dorothy), Carl Weaver (Scarecrow), Victor Willis (Lion, The Wiz, Tinman).



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