The Wiz

The musical version of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, (5/24/1984 - 6/03/1984)

First Preview: May 17, 1984
Opening Date: May 24, 1984
Closing Date: Jun 03, 1984
Total Previews: 7
Total Performances: 13

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

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Messrs. Nederlander

Produced by Tom Mallow, James Janek and The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)

Book by William F. Brown; Music by Charlie Smalls; Lyrics by Charlie Smalls; Music orchestrated by Harold Wheeler; Musical Director: Charles H. Coleman; Vocal arrangements by Charles H. Coleman; Dance arrangements by Timothy Graphenreed; "Everybody Rejoice" music and lyrics by Luther Vandross; "Emerald City Ballet (Pssst)" music by Timothy Graphenreed; "Emerald City Ballet (Pssst)" music and lyrics by George Faison

Directed by Geoffrey Holder; Choreography and musical numbers staged by George Faison

Scenic Design by Peter Wolf; Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder; Lighting Design by Paul Sullivan; Hair and Wig Design by Ray Iagnocco; Make-Up Design by Joseph McDevitt; Sound Design by Gary M. Stocker

General Manager: American Theatre Productions, Inc.; Company Manager: Daryl T. Dodson

Production Stage Manager: Jack Welles; Stage Manager: Luis Montero

Music Contractor: Jack Jeffers

General Press Representative: Max Eisen; Press Representative: Barbara Glenn and Maria Somma; Dance Captain: Sharon Brooks; Photographer: Kenn Duncan

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Opening Night Cast

Stephanie MillsDorothy
Gregg BakerLion
Peggie BlueAunt Em
Ann DuquesnayGlinda
Juanita FlemingAddaperle
Carl HallThe Wiz
Ella MitchellEvillene
Howard PorterTinman
Charles ValentinoScarecrow
Sharon BrooksPoppy
Head of the Society of Emerald City
Paula Anita BrownCrow
Emerald City Citizen
Roslyn BurroughEmerald City Citizen
Carol DennisMunchkin
Emerald City Citizen
Alfred L. DoveYellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Ada DyerMunchkin
Chief of the Field Mice
Emerald City Citizen
Carla EarlePoppy
Emerald City Citizen
Germaine EdwardsYellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Winged Monkey
Marvin EngranCrow
Emerald City Citizen
Soldier Messenger
Tanya GibsonPoppy
Emerald City Citizen
Jasmine GuyCrow
Emerald City Citizen
Lawrence HamiltonMunchkin
Field Mouse
Emerald City Citizen
Lord High Underling
Sam HarknessMunchkin
Royal Gatekeeper
Emerald City Citizen
Raymond C. HarrisKalidah
Emerald City Citizen
Gigi HunterKalidah
Emerald City Citizen
Dwight LeonYellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Daryl RichardsonTornado
Emerald City Citizen
David RobertsonYellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Martial RoumainKalidah
Emerald City Citizen
David WeatherspoonUncle Henry
Field Mouse
Emerald City Citizen

Swings: Eugene Little and Sheri Moore

Understudies: Sharon Brooks (Glinda, Tornado), Carol Dennis (Addaperle), Alfred L. Dove (Winged Monkey), Ann Duquesnay (Aunt Em), Ada Dyer (Dorothy), Germaine Edwards (Scarecrow), Juanita Fleming (Evillene), Lawrence Hamilton (Tinman), Sam Harkness (Lion) and David Weatherspoon (The Wiz)


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
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