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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)
Hinton Battle Scarecrow
Tiger Haynes Tinman
Stephanie Mills Dorothy
Ted Ross Lion
Dee Dee Bridgewater Glinda
André De Shields The Wiz
Mabel King Evillene
Clarice Taylor Addaperle
Tasha Thomas Aunt Em
Phylicia Ayers-Allen Munchkin
Field Mouse
Lettie Battle Poppy
Emerald City Citizen
Danny Beard Royal Gatekeeper
Phillip Bond Kalidah
Emerald City Citizen
Leslie Butler Poppy
Emerald City Citizen
Pi Douglass Munchkin
Field Mouse
Ronald Dunham Yellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Wendy Edmead Crow
Emerald City Citizen
Frank Floyd Pit Singer
Rodney Green Kalidah
Emerald City Citizen
Sam Harkness Pit Singer
Eugene Little Yellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Eleanor McCoy Poppy
Emerald City Citizen
Frances Morgan Crow
Emerald City Citizen
Nancy Toto
Joni Palmer Munchkin
Emerald City Citizen
John Parks Yellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Howard Porter Munchkin
Jozella Reed Pit Singer
Kenneth Scott Yellow Brick Road
Emerald City Citizen
Evelyn Thomas Tornado
Emerald City Citizen
Tasha Thomas Pit Singer
Andy Torres Winged Monkey
Emerald City Citizen
Carl Weaver Soldier Messenger
Field Mouse
Ralph Wilcox Uncle Henry
Lord High Underling
Field Mouse
Swings: Cynthia Ashby and Otis Sallid
Standbys: 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 1Sung 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 Timothy Graphenreed and 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 2Sung 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