The Wiz. This landmark show has followed me ever since I performed the role of Scarecrow in a sell-out production in high school. It started as a Broadway show in 1975, winning 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Then the show became a film in 1978 starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Our high school production took place in 1986 (see how I added my production to The Wiz timeline, lol). And now NBC has announced it will be it’s next Live production and I couldn’t be happier. The music is fantastic, the story is based on The Wizard of Oz, the dancing is terrific. It will be a can’t miss. At least for me. Ease on Down the Road…
The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is a musical with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown. It is a retelling of L. Frank Baum‘s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the context of African-American culture. It opened on October 21, 1974 at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to the Majestic Theatre with a new cast on January 5, 1975.
The 1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical was an early example of Broadway’s mainstream acceptance of works with an all-black cast. The musical has had revivals in New York, London, San Diego and the Netherlands, and a limited-run revival was presented by Encores! at New York City Center in June 2009. A film adaptation was released in 1978.
Broadway Cares Gypsy of the Year The Wiz Reunion: