The Wiz

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"The Wiz" is a musical that premiered on Broadway in 1975. It is an adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," reimagined with an African-American cast and an urban contemporary setting. "The Wiz" features a book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. The original Broadway production was directed by Geoffrey Holder and choreographed by George Faison. The musical incorporates various musical genres such as R&B, soul, gospel, and funk. The story of "The Wiz" follows Dorothy, a young girl from Harlem, New York, who is swept away by a tornado and finds herself in the magical land of Oz. There, she encounters unique characters, including the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, as she seeks the help of the powerful Wiz to find her way back home. Along her journey, Dorothy learns about self-discovery, courage, and the importance of believing in oneself. "The Wiz" was well-received and won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It became a cultural phenomenon, resonating with audiences for its vibrant music, energetic performances, and contemporary take on the classic story. In 1978, "The Wiz" was adapted into a film starring Diana Ross as Dorothy and Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, among other notable cast members. The film brought the musical to a wider audience, although it did not achieve the same level of success as the stage production. "The Wiz" has since been revived multiple times in New York and continues to be performed by regional and community theaters around the world. Its catchy songs, dynamic characters, and diverse cultural influences have made it a beloved and enduring musical in the theater canon.}

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Genre: Musical Comedy

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Cut during Philadelphia tryout

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Added to 2015 television production

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From ChatGPT

"The Wiz" is a musical that premiered on Broadway in 1975. It is an adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," reimagined with an African-American cast and an urban contemporary setting. "The Wiz" features a book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. The original Broadway production was directed by Geoffrey Holder and choreographed by George Faison. The musical incorporates various musical genres such as R&B, soul, gospel, and funk. The story of "The Wiz" follows Dorothy, a young girl from Harlem, New York, who is swept away by a tornado and finds herself in the magical land of Oz. There, she encounters unique characters, including the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, as she seeks the help of the powerful Wiz to find her way back home. Along her journey, Dorothy learns about self-discovery, courage, and the importance of believing in oneself. "The Wiz" was well-received and won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It became a cultural phenomenon, resonating with audiences for its vibrant music, energetic performances, and contemporary take on the classic story. In 1978, "The Wiz" was adapted into a film starring Diana Ross as Dorothy and Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, among other notable cast members. The film brought the musical to a wider audience, although it did not achieve the same level of success as the stage production. "The Wiz" has since been revived multiple times in New York and continues to be performed by regional and community theaters around the world. Its catchy songs, dynamic characters, and diverse cultural influences have made it a beloved and enduring musical in the theater canon.}

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Original Authors

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Book
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Music & Lyrics
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Music (additional)
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Music & Lyrics (additional)
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Source Material

Later Contributors

This list represents writers who contributed to revisions, etc. following the original production.

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Additional Music & Lyrics
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Book Revisions
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Additional Material
Genre: Musical Comedy

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Other Titles

  • The Wiz Live! (television title)
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (source material)

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