The Wiz

Musical - Original

Majestic Theatre (January 05, 1975 - May 25, 1977)
Broadway Theatre (May 25, 1977 - January 28, 1979)
  • First Preview: December 24, 1974
  • Opening Date: January 5, 1975
  • Closing Date: January 28, 1979
  • Previews: 15
  • Performances: 1672

Lyrics: Charlie Smalls

Music: Charlie Smalls

Book: William F. Brown

Synopsis

Kansas farm girl Dorothy is transported in a tornado to the magical land of Oz in this musical retelling of The Wizard of Oz that features an all-black cast, a score by Charlie Smalls and a book with an updated urban sensibility by William F. Brown.

 

Opening Night Cast

Stephanie Mills in The Wiz Stephanie Mills Dorothy
Tiger Haynes Tinman
Ted Ross Lion
Hinton Battle in The Wiz Hinton Battle Scarecrow
Clarice Taylor Addaperle
Mabel King in The Wiz Mabel King Evillene
André De Shields in The Wiz André De Shields The Wiz
Tasha Thomas Aunt Em
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Opening Night Production Credits

  William F. Brown Book
  Charlie Smalls Music
  Charlie Smalls Lyrics
  Geoffrey Holder Director
  George Faison Choreographer
  Tom H. John Scenic Design
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Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1975 Outstanding Actress in a Musical Stephanie Mills Nominee
1975 Outstanding Choreography George Faison Winner
1975 Outstanding Costume Design Geoffrey Holder Winner
1975 Outstanding Director of a Musical Geoffrey Holder Nominee
1975 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Hinton Battle Nominee
1975 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Ted Ross Winner
1975 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Mabel King Nominee
1975 Outstanding Music and Lyrics Charlie Smalls Winner
1975 Outstanding Musical   Winner
1975 Outstanding Set Design Tom H. John Nominee

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1975 Book of a Musical William F. Brown Nominee
1975 Choreography George Faison Winner
1975 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Geoffrey Holder Winner
1975 Direction of a Musical Geoffrey Holder Winner
1975 Featured Actor in a Musical Ted Ross Winner
1975 Featured Actress in a Musical Dee Dee Bridgewater Winner
1975 Musical   Winner
1975 Original Score Charlie Smalls Winner
 
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