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The musical version of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"

 
Majestic Theatre, (1/05/1975 - 5/25/1977)
Broadway Theatre, (5/25/1977 - 1/28/1979)
First Preview: Dec 24, 1974 Total Previews: 15
Opening Date: Jan 05, 1975    
Closing Date: Jan 28, 1979 Total Performances: 1672

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



Production Staff
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; Musical Director: Charles H. Coleman; Vocal arrangements by Charles H. Coleman; Music orchestrated by Harold Wheeler; Dance arrangements by Timothy Graphenreed; "Everybody Rejoice" music and lyrics by Luther Vandross; "Emerald City Ballet (Pssst)" music by Timothy Graphenreed and George Faison
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)
Cast
Hinton BattleScarecrow
Tiger HaynesTinman
Stephanie MillsDorothy
Ted RossLion
Dee Dee BridgewaterGlinda
André De ShieldsThe Wiz
Mabel KingEvillene
Clarice TaylorAddaperle
Tasha ThomasAunt Em
Pit Singer
Phylicia Ayers-AllenMunchkin
Field Mouse
Lettie BattlePoppy
Emerald City Citizen
Danny BeardRoyal Gatekeeper
Phillip BondKalidah
Emerald City Citizen
Leslie ButlerPoppy
Emerald City Citizen
Pi DouglassMunchkin
Kalidah
Field Mouse
Ronald DunhamYellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Wendy EdmeadCrow
Emerald City Citizen
Frank FloydPit Singer
Rodney GreenKalidah
Emerald City Citizen
Sam HarknessPit Singer
Eugene LittleYellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Eleanor McCoyPoppy
Emerald City Citizen
Frances MorganCrow
Poppy
Emerald City Citizen
NancyToto
Joni PalmerMunchkin
Poppy
Emerald City Citizen
John ParksYellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Howard PorterMunchkin
Jozella ReedPit Singer
Kenneth ScottYellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Evelyn ThomasTornado
Kalidah
Emerald City Citizen
Andy TorresWinged Monkey
Munchkin
Kalidah
Emerald City Citizen
Carl WeaverSoldier Messenger
Munchkin
Field Mouse
Ralph WilcoxUncle Henry
Lord High Underling
Field Mouse
Crow
Swings: Cynthia Ashby and Otis Sallid
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)
Tony Award®
winner 1975 Best Musical [winner] 
 Produced by Ken Harper
 1975 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 
 Book by William F. Brown
winner 1975 Best Original Score [winner] 
 Music by Charlie Smalls ;  Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
winner 1975 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 
  Ted Ross
winner 1975 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Dee Dee Bridgewater
winner 1975 Best Costume Design [winner] 
  Geoffrey Holder
winner 1975 Best Choreography [winner] 
  George Faison
winner 1975 Best Direction of a Musical [winner] 
  Geoffrey Holder
Drama Desk Award
winner 1975 Outstanding Musical [winner] 
 Produced by Ken Harper
winner 1975 Outstanding Music and Lyrics [winner] 
 Music by Charlie Smalls ;  Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
 1975 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Stephanie Mills
winner 1975 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 
  Ted Ross
 1975 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Hinton Battle
 1975 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Mabel King
winner 1975 Outstanding Choreography [winner] 
  George Faison
 1975 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 
 Directed by Geoffrey Holder
winner 1975 Outstanding Costume Design [winner] 
  Geoffrey Holder
 1975 Outstanding Set Design [nominee] 
 Scenic Design by Tom H. John
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)
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
HomeDorothy