MusicalComedyOriginalBroadway
Opening Date
Jan 05, 1975
Closing Date
Jan 28, 1979
1st Preview
Dec 24, 1974
1st Preview
Dec 24, 1974
Previews
15
Performances
1,672
MusicalComedyOriginalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Majestic Theatre
(Jan 05, 1975 - May 25, 1977)
Broadway Theatre
(May 25, 1977 - Jan 28, 1979)

Description
Soft-rock musical version of the Oz story.

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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; Featuring songs by George Faison, Timothy Graphenreed and Luther Vandross; Featuring songs with lyrics by George Faison and Luther Vandross; 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)
Scarecrow
Tinman
Dorothy
Lion
Evillene
Addaperle
Aunt Em
 
Field Mouse
 
Emerald City Citizen
Royal Gatekeeper
Kalidah
 
Emerald City Citizen
 
Emerald City Citizen
Munchkin
 
Kalidah
 
Field Mouse
Yellow Brick Road
 
Emerald City Citizen
 
Emerald City Citizen
Pit Singer
Kalidah
 
Emerald City Citizen
Pit Singer
Yellow Brick Road
 
Emerald City Citizen
 
Emerald City Citizen
 
Poppy
 
Emerald City Citizen
Toto
Munchkin
 
Poppy
 
Emerald City Citizen
Yellow Brick Road
 
Emerald City Citizen
Munchkin
Pit Singer
Yellow Brick Road
 
Emerald City Citizen
Tornado
 
Kalidah
 
Emerald City Citizen
Pit Singer
Winged Monkey
 
Munchkin
 
Kalidah
 
Emerald City Citizen
Soldier Messenger
 
Munchkin
 
Field Mouse
Uncle Henry
 
Lord High Underling
 
Field Mouse
 
Crow
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)

Majestic Theatre (Jan 05, 1975 - May 25, 1977)

Production Stage Manager: Christopher Kelly

Cast

Poppy
Scarecrow
 
Kalidah
Evillene
 
Field Mouse
 
Lord High Underling
 
Uncle Henry
Kalidah
 
Winged Monkey
Evillene
Apr 12, 1976 - ?
Addaperle
Evillene
Uncle Henry
 
Lord High Underling
 
Soldier Messenger
Standby: Renée Harris (Dorothy)

Broadway Theatre (May 25, 1977 - Jan 28, 1979)

Musical Director: Tom Pierson
Production Stage Manager: Robert Currie; Stage Manager: Donald Christy and Bob Burland

Cast

Emerald City Citizen
Evillene
Gregg Burge
Broadway debut
Scarecrow
Deborah Burrell
Broadway debut
Glinda
Munchkin
Tornado
Poppy
 
Emerald City Citizen
Lion
Feb 07, 1978 - ?
Yellow Brick Road
Pit Singer
The Wiz
Jul 17, 1977 - ?
Field Mouse
Tinman
Munchkin
Munchkin
 
Poppy
 
Emerald City Citizen
Yellow Brick Road
 
Emerald City Citizen
Emerald City Citizen
 
Winged Monkey
Kalidah
 
Emerald City Citizen
 
Munchkin
Lion
May 1978 - Jan 28, 1979
 
Uncle Henry
 
Lord High Underling
Kalidah
Aunt Em
 
Pit Singer
Yellow Brick Road
 
Emerald City Citizen
 
Kalidah
Evillene
Evillene
Lion
Kalidah
Field Mouse
 
Royal Gatekeeper
Kalidah
 
Emerald City Citizen
Crow
 
Poppy
 
Emerald City Citizen
Pit Singer
Kalidah
Kalidah
 
Emerald City Citizen
Yellow Brick Road
Toto
Kalidah
Kalidah
The Wiz
Toto
Lion
Oct 31, 1977 - ?
Uncle Henry
 
Royal Gatekeeper
 
Lord High Underling
Understudies: 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) and Victor Willis (Tinman, Lion, The Wiz)
music by Charlie Smalls; lyrics by Charlie Smalls
(Unless otherwise noted)
Act 1
Sung By
The Feeling We Once Had
Aunt Em
Tornado Ballet
Company
He's the Wizard
Addaperle and Munchkins
Soon as I Get Home
Dorothy
I Was Born on the Day Before Yesterday
Scarecrow and Crows
Ease on Down the Road
Dorothy, Scarecrow and Yellow Brick Road
Slide Some Oil to Me
Tinman, Dorothy and Scarecrow
Mean Ole Lion
Lion
Kalidah Battle
Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, Kalidahs and Yellow Brick Road
Be a Lion
Dorothy and Lion
Lion's Dream
Lion and Poppies
Emerald City Ballet (Psst)
(music by George Faison and Timothy Graphenreed; lyrics by George Faison)
Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion and Company
So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard
The Wiz
To Be Able to Feel (What Would I Do If I Could Feel)
Tinman
Act 2
Sung By
No Bad News
Evillene
Funky Monkeys
Monkeys
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 Yourself
The Wiz
Y'all Got It!
The Wiz
A Rested Body Is a Rested Mind
Glinda
Believe in Yourself (Reprise)
Glinda
Home
Dorothy

Tony Award®

Best Musical

1975 Winner
Produced by Ken Harper
 

Best Book of a Musical

1975 Nominee
Book by William F. Brown

Best Original Score

1975 Winner
Music by Charlie Smalls
Lyrics by Charlie Smalls

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

1975 Winner
Ted Ross

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

1975 Winner
Dee Dee Bridgewater

Best Costume Design

1975 Winner
Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder

Best Choreography

1975 Winner
Choreographed by George Faison

Best Direction of a Musical

1975 Winner
Directed by Geoffrey Holder

Drama Desk Award

Outstanding Musical

1975 Winner
Produced by Ken Harper

Outstanding Music and Lyrics

1975 Winner
Music by Charlie Smalls
Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
 

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

1975 Nominee
Stephanie Mills

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

1975 Winner
Ted Ross
 

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

1975 Nominee
Hinton Battle
 

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

1975 Nominee
Mabel King

Outstanding Choreography

1975 Winner
Choreographed by George Faison
 

Outstanding Director of a Musical

1975 Nominee
Directed by Geoffrey Holder

Outstanding Costume Design

1975 Winner
Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
 

Outstanding Set Design

1975 Nominee
Scenic Design by Tom H. John
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