(Adapted from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum)
Book by William F. Brown, Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Directed by Jonathan Pennington
Very many know the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but in this new musical version it’s a fantasy for today – mysterious, opulent and fanciful – a dream conjured up by a space-age child with Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz set to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul.
While similar in plot to “The Wizard of Oz”, The Wiz (usually) uses an all-black cast to transform the show into a more fun, funky modern version. Dorothy, the little girl from Kansas is blown by a tornado into Munchkinland in the Land Of Oz. While there she meets the Scarecrow, the Tinman & the Cowardly Lion on the Yellow Brick Road. She defeats the evil witch and goes to see the powerful Wizard who turns out to be a phoney. However, he is able to convince Dorothy that she can do anything she wants if she just believes in herself. Dorothy also realizes the importance of home and her family.
“Radiates so much energy you can hardly sit in your seat … Great fun.” New York Post “A carnival of fun … Wickedly amusing.” Time Magazine “One of the most cyclonic blasts to hit Broadway in a long time.” Newsweek “A virtual musical circus … Driving rhythms, soaring songs … Boisterous, exuberant.” WABC
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