The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is a musical with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls (and others) and book by William F. Brown. Ted Ross and Mabel King reprised their roles of the Lion and Evillene from the Broadway production. "[40], 1974 musical based on the 1900 book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. When he learns where they are going, he apologizes and asks if he may accompany them to ask the Wizard for some courage. Seeing a green glow in the distance, they continue their journey to the Emerald City, and wander into a field of poppies who blow opium dust on them. The resulting film version of The Wiz also starred former Motown star Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, Nipsey Russell as the Tin Man, Richard Pryor as the Wizard, jazz singer Thelma Carpenter as Miss One (the name "Addapearle" was not used for this production) and Lena Horne as Glinda. Parents Guide, Kenneth Chisholm . When an approaching storm turns out to be a tornado, Dorothy takes shelter in the farmhouse as Aunt Em and Uncle Henry do so in the storm cellar. but in a much smaller role. He is dragged from the field and returned to his friends by the Field Mice who police the area. as their next production (NBC, by this point, having purchased Universal Studios). Damien L. Sneed acted as the musical director and conductor of The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music. The 2001 show was particularly notable because it was the last show to be performed at the Hackney Empire before the theatre closed its doors for refurbishment. As an overjoyed Aunt Em and Toto appear, and she runs to hug them, she knows that she is back home at last. When Harris eventually departed the company, the tour continued with Deborah Malone in the role of Dorothy. However, he is quickly revealed to be a coward hiding behind bravado as Dorothy stands up for her friends. As the tornado hits the farm, the house, with Dorothy inside, is lifted into the air and flies for miles, with the wind represented by dancers ("Tornado"). Dorothy learns the only way she can get home is to ease on down the road to see the Wiz. He agrees on one condition: they must kill Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West. [5], In 2017, the original Broadway cast recording of The Wiz was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant. A version of the following article was originally published in 1975, a few months after The Wiz opened January 5, 1975, at the Majestic Theatre. Returning to the Emerald City, they see the Wizard (now a booming voice that seems to come from the very air). There Dorothy is met by the Munchkins, all of whom are dressed in blue, and Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North, who tells her that she is in the Land of Oz. Harney also originated the leading role of Curtis in the Broadway debut of Dreamgirls. They are promptly shown right into his palace. They continue following the Yellow Brick Road deeper into the forest, where they are attacked by a large lion ("I'm a Mean Ole Lion"). Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore, and moved to Broadway's Majestic Theatre[2] with a new cast on January 5, 1975. The "Tornado" instrumental was released as both a 7" single and a 12" extended single, while the show's musical arranger Harold Wheeler co-produced a cover of "Ease on Down the Road" with studio group Consumer Rapport that became a charting single in 1975, peaking at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100. A number of members of the original Broadway cast returned for this celebratory run. Those dishes ain't gonna wash themselves. The Wiz was hardly a great musical in 1975, but it had something to say, and it said it with verve and integrity. Definitions are short excerpt from the WikWik.org. Hope Summer Repertory Theatre will open “The Wiz” on Friday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the DeWitt Center main theatre. Eleven years later, following the production of two live musicals for NBC – The Sound of Music Live! He shows them the elaborate mechanical effects used to create his illusions, and tells them that he is really a balloonist from Omaha named Herman Smith who traveled to Oz by accident when his hot air balloon drifted off course. They provide reading success from the beginning. Faison and Holder both won Tony Awards for choreography and costume design, respectively in 1975. A revival ran on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from May 24, 1984, through June 3, 1984, closing after 13 performances and 7 previews. Our daughter's fine. Both shows were directed by Jamie Hinde; musical director Steve White (both shows); production manager Andy Barnes (both shows); choreography by Suzannah Howlett (2000) and Juliet Vibert (2001, also appeared as a dancer in both shows). Prymus was known to audiences for his featured role in the movie MASH (1970) for singing "Suicide is Painless." was a stunning reminder of what happens when a gorgeous score, sharp casting, and inventive staging come together. Glinda is a beautiful and gracious sorceress, surrounded by a court of pretty girls. Dorothy recalls that the Munchkins warned her of these poppies, and runs from the field as fast as she can with the Scarecrow and Tin Man behind her. Stephanie Mills (pictured in 2017) played Dorothy in the original 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz. In his preface Bordman says that “few readers will want to read this book from beginning to end but will rather ‘dip into’ it.” Probably true. [26] NBC's live performance of the stage show aired on December 3, 2015. “The Wiz” is a musical very similar to the movie, “The Wizard of Oz” in which the main character, Dorothy, is whisked away to Oz, a magical place where she must return from. [32] The following month, David Alan Grier was cast as the Cowardly Lion, and newcomer Shanice Williams was chosen to play Dorothy. André De Shields reprised his original role as the Wiz; Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tony Award winner for her role as Glinda, reprised this original role; Evelyn Thomas reprised her original role as the Tornado and Ebony Jo-Ann, who played Addaperle in the Broadway revival of the production reprised her role as well. Directed by Matthew Diamond, Kenny Leon. Furthermore, her house has fallen on Evamean, the Wicked Witch of the East, and killed her, freeing the Munchkins from her evil powers. [14][15], A production ran at the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, from September 26, 2006, through November 12, 2006, receiving good reviews and extending its run by three weeks. The production was directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler. 18 Oct Arts Hope College Faculty Member Gabe Southard to Present Flute Recital on Oct. 21 The show had a pre-Broadway tryout at the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia from December 11, 1974, through December 21, 1974. While well received, the album omits several key songs from the musical that were not recorded for the album- such as the show's overture, dance and accompaniment music. [26] The O.Z., a hip-hop re-adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with an all-Black cast that was to use original music rather than adapt The Wiz, was then planned by FOX and director Chris Stokes in the early 2000s. While searching for a way to get the shoes from Dorothy, Evillene forces her and the Lion to do menial chores around her castle. The clip Aunt Em gives Dorothy advice from The Wiz (1978) with Theresa Merritt No automobiles are to be driven without snow tires or chains. [28] Stephanie Mills, who originated the role of Dorothy on Broadway, played Aunt Em. The Lion is embarrassed by his cowardice in the battle, but is comforted by Dorothy's kind words ("Be a Lion"). It was directed by Des McAnuff, who, with Harold Wheeler, orchestrator of the original Broadway version, revised the musical for contemporary audiences. In spite of its problems, The Wiz was beginning to build out-of-town audiences. He proposes that Dorothy can return to Kansas the way he came, and offers to pilot her in his hot air balloon. Once in the throne room, they are assaulted by a great show of lights, smoke, and pyrotechnics as the Wizard appears in several forms before them ("So You Wanted To See the Wizard"). The song "Wonder, Wonder, Why" was added for the 1984 Broadway revival, but is not part of the current licensed score. "Along the Nile, Strand-style: 'AIDA' opens Oct. 17 at the theatre; Dot residents get a break", Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Look To Recapture ‘The Wiz’ Wow Factor, "Hip-Hop 'Wizard Of Oz' Easing Down The Road", ‘The Wiz’s’ Stephanie Mills Returns for NBC Production. [13], Flymonkey Productions (London, UK) ran two shows. Walter “Wiz” Zumwalt is a bit out of sorts. It opened on October 21, 1974, at the Morris A. [12]. It then ran in London at the Lyric Hammersmith from December 11, 1984, through February 2, 1985. The Wiz was released in October 1978, the meaty end of a decade that was, at least on paper, the post-Civil Rights Movement era (just like this is supposed to be the post-racial era). He reneges on his promise, and the Lion knocks over a screen in anger. The Wiz is indeed a New York movie, featuring the most fantastical representations of the city’s landmarks since the 1933 King Kong. The cast also featured Tony Terry as the Tin Man. Renee C. Harris (who was in her very early 20s) took over as the tour's Dorothy and continued leading that company for a couple of years playing many engagements in cities across the country. She is evil, power hungry, and ruthlessly determined to get her hands on her sister's silver shoes, so that she may increase her power and rule over all of Oz ("Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News"). Unquestionably, the humor and the heartbeat of the piece remain African-American at their source, but the overall effect is pluralistic and inclusive. Along the way she meets a scarecrow made of garbage who wants a brain; a Tin Man, who is a turn-of-the-century mechanical carnie from Coney Island who wants a heart; and a lion who was banished from the jungle and must make his living as a statue in front of the main research branch of the New York Public Library. A list of words that start with Wiz (words with the prefix Wiz). It laid the foundation for later African-American hits such as Bubbling Brown Sugar, Dreamgirls and Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies. She tells Dorothy that the silver shoes have always had the power to take her home, but like her friends, she needed to believe in their magic and in herself before it was possible ("If You Believe"). The farm help soon discover about Dorothy's repeated attempt to run away to her birthplace in Omaha, Nebraska, but before anything else could be said, Aunt Em (Stephanie Mills) follows after her. The Wiz Kids decodable stories follow the phonic sequence of the Little Learners Love Literacy teaching program. She lives a sheltered life and is shy and unfulfilled. Plot – During a snowstorm, the young teacher Dorothy is thrown into the wonderful world of Oz, where she has to ask help to the powerful wizard who rules Oz to come back home. Synopsis Every alteration from the 1975 original, inspired by the central multicultural concept, is salutary. The haughty and condescending people laugh and ridicule this odd group for wanting to see the Wizard until they see that Dorothy is wearing Evamean's silver shoes. The project fell through due to Universal still having the film rights to adaptations of The Wiz, and the production was shelved. Receiving word of Dorothy and her friends approaching, she sends her Winged Monkeys to kill them ("Funky Monkeys"). Browse our Scrabble Word Finder, Words With Friends cheat dictionary, and WordHub word solver to find words starting with wiz. A re-imaging of The Wizard of Oz, set against an urban background with an African American cast. The first one was in 2000 which received great reviews and a second was run the following year in 2001 receiving exceptional reviews from the London press. He then had everyone in it wear green glasses, and in time, they came to believe it was green. The musical toured the US in 1976[8] and during the tour, Kenneth Kamal Scott (then billed as "Kamal") replaced Andre DeShields as the Wiz, Ren Wood was cast as Dorothy but departed the tour after playing only a couple of cities because during the show's engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, the 19-year-old performer was recruited for a featured part in the movie production of Hair. ("Ease On Down the Road #1"). [37], In his review of the 1984 revival, Frank Rich wrote: "What made The Wiz surprisingly moving the first time around was that its creators found a connection between Baum's Kansas fantasy and the pride of urban black Americans. The girl begins her journey with the shoes of a wicked witch at her feet and she's joined by a scarecrow, a tin man and a lion, who want to ask something to the magician too, respectively a brain, a heart and the courage. THE WIZ is an endlessly-delightful soul/R&B musical reworking of "The Wizard of Oz", with both music and lyrics written by Charlie Smalls. [16][17], Dodger Productions holds U.S. rights to revive the musical, while Joop Van den Ende's Stage Entertainment holds the European rights. Angered by this, she picks up a bucket of water and throws it over Evillene, who melts until only her magic golden cap remains. The Wiz Synopsis: Dorothy, a twenty-four-year-old kindergarten teacher, born; raised; and still working in Harlem, is celebrating Thanksgiving with her extended family, but she doesn't seem to … You see his day started off as normal where he went to his job fixing all the mistakes that the other programers made. With Common, Amber Riley, Uzo Aduba, Stephanie Mills. Winds up to 45 miles per hour... That was a great dinner, Emma. We search a large scrabble dictionary for scrabble words starting with wiz - we take the letter or word you enter, and generate all words starting with Wiz. Aunt Em loves her dearly and hopes they will always be as close as they were when she was younger ("The Feeling We Once Had"). This retelling includes various urban settings and extreme sadness and melancholy, and features themes of rising above one's background and the expectations of others. "[38], In their review of the 2006 La Jolla production, Variety wrote: "'The Wiz' remains a collage of contemporary slang and imagery, but La Jolla's is a multicultural collage in which Baum's themes speak to the broadest possible audience. An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience. finds its Cowardly Lion", "NBC reveals newcomer playing Dorothy in The Wiz", "Glee's Amber Riley, OITNB's Uzo Aduba Join NBC's The Wiz Live". He tells her of his longing for brains so that he can be like other people, and she invites him to accompany her to see if the Wizard can help him. Both men were subsequently featured in other Broadway shows and were as replacements in the Broadway production of Ain't Misbehavin'. Ease on down the yellow-brick road with The Wiz, starring superstars Diana Ross and Michael Jackson! However, she contacted Rob Cohen of Universal Pictures, who offered to have them finance the film if she were to play Dorothy, at which point he acquiesced. The Ozians had never seen such a sight and proclaimed him Wizard. Harris stayed on as understudy for the role of Dorothy, as did McQueen for the role of Addaperle. Tickets are $20 for children, $25 for adults, available at www.companytheatre.com. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, THE SHOWS MUST GO ON returns today with THE WIZ LIVE (2015), which will be available for 48 hrs beginning at … The Fiddlehead Theatre Company, in the historic Strand Theatre in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, mounted a production, directed by Stacey Stephens, Fiddlehead Theatre Company's Associate Producing Artistic Director, in February 2015.[23]. Give her time. [39], The Original Cast Recording for The Wiz was released in 1975 on the Atlantic label, produced by Jerry Wexler. Instead, they carry her to Evillene's castle along with the Lion. Michael "Iz the Wiz" Martin (November 8, 1958 – June 17, 2009) was one of the most prominent graffiti writers of the New York graffiti movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s.. The original Baltimore cast included Stephanie Mills as Dorothy, Stu Gilliam as the Scarecrow, Tiger Haynes as the Tin Man, Ted Ross as the Cowardly Lion, and Butterfly McQueen as the Queen of the Field Mice. Dorothy is a 24-year-old kindergarten teacher from Harlem, who along with her dog Toto are lost in a snowstorm on the night of Thanksgiving and end up in the Land of Oz, which looks like a strangly surreal verison of New York City. Just as the group despairs of finding help, Addaperle reappears in a flash of light, suggesting that Dorothy ask Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, for assistance. An Australian production for J.C. Williamson Theatres Limited played in Melbourne and Sydney from January–October 1976; starring Andrea Frierson (Dorothy), Victor Willis (Tin Man), Freddie Paris (Lion), Chuck McKinney (The Wiz) and Robert Ellis (Scarecrow). [22] The production will be directed and choreographed by Kim Duddy. Mmm. Hope Summer Repertory Theatre Is Off to See “The Wiz” Beginning June 22. at New York City Center in June 2009. Though her work there keeps her busy, she often gets distracted in her boredom with farm life, choosing instead to play with Toto and dream of someday seeing far-off lands. They remain unconvinced, so he creates physical symbols of their desires and they are satisfied. Upon his return from Australia in late 1976, Victor Willis joined the cast of the original Broadway production. In 1998, following their TV-movie production of Cinderella (1997), producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron began pre-production on a TV-movie adaptation of The Wiz for The Wonderful World of Disney, which was to star a then-unknown Anika Noni Rose as Dorothy. With their goals seeming further out of reach than ever before, they sink to the floor in tears. The Lion is overcome by the dust and begins to hallucinate ("Lion's Dream"). Some locations were in Canada as well. As he puts it, “I packed up my Dorothy, distressed and confused, wants only to return home. Plot Keywords [3] After drawing mixed critical reviews, producer Ken Harper considered closing the musical after its Broadway opening night. When she gets caught in a snowstorm while chasing her dog Toto, they're transported to the mysterious Land of Oz, where she's informed that the only way she can find her way home is through the assistance of the powerful wizard in the Emerald City. 24-year-old kindergarten teacher Dorothy, born, raised, and still working in Harlem, is celebrating Thanksgiving with her extended family, but she doesn't seem to be thankful for much. Not wanting to disappoint them, he assumed the role and had a great city built. The story begins in Kansas, on Aunt Em's farm. Summer Stars series production ran June 12 through July 5, 2009. The album features Ross' versions of songs from the film version of the musical The Wiz, in which she starred along with Michael Jackson. Just as his speech reaches its climax, the balloon comes free from its moorings and rises quickly into the air, taking Dorothy's hopes of getting home with it. The production was directed by Glenn Casale and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast and featured sets by David Gallo. Aunt Em, however, has little patience for her daydreaming, believing that dawdling is contrary to their way of life. Seeing Dorothy's silver shoes, however, they dare not harm her. (2014), Zadan and Meron announced The Wiz Live! Motown Productions acquired the film rights to The Wiz in 1977 and signed Stephanie Mills in anticipation of having her star as Dorothy in the film adaptation. The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is a musical with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls (and others) and book by William F. Brown. With Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross. A major British revival of the musical was produced in 2011 by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (however performed at the New Alexandra Theatre due to The REP's refurbishment)[20] in a co-production with the West Yorkshire Playhouse, re-locating Kansas to present day Birmingham[21] This production was directed by Josette Bushell-Mingo, with choreography by Paul J. Medford. Dorothy and the Scarecrow invite him on their journey to see the Wizard with the hope that he may give him one ("Ease On Down the Road #2"). [29] An open casting call for the role of Dorothy took place on June 6, 2015. Smalls' score—supervised by musical director Ron Melrose and original orchestrator Harold Wheeler—sounds fresh and contemporary". [35] Other principal cast-members included Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow, Ne-Yo as the Tin Man, and Common as the Bouncer, the gatekeeper of the entrance to Emerald City. But not so in New York. Sixteen-year-old Dorothy Gale lives with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and dog, Toto, on their farm in Kansas. Stopping to rest by a cornfield, she is startled when a scarecrow hanging on a pole strikes up a conversation with her ("I Was Born on the Day Before Yesterday"). The Wiz performs from April 17 through 26, from Friday through Sunday, matinee and evening shows are available. It has had revivals in New York, London, San Diego, and the Netherlands, and a limited-run revival was presented by Encores! In their quest to find the wizard, they also face Evillene, the equally evil sister of Evermean, the wicked witch whom Dorothy inadvertently killed when she arrived in Oz; Evillene might be their biggest obstacle. The Wiz (1978) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. At this time, the production also featured Ben Harney as the Tin Man and Ken Prymus as the Lion. They oil his joints ("Slide Some Oil To Me") and he tells them how, to prevent him from marrying a servant girl, Evamean put a spell on his axe so that it began to cut off parts of his body. "Emerald City Ballet (Psst)" is composed by Graphenreed and George Faison. They enter the city and look about in awe at the richly dressed people that inhabit it ("Emerald City Ballet"). On this journey, Dorothy meets the Tin Man, the Lion, and the Scarecrow and … (2013) and Peter Pan Live! Aunt Em's niece, Dorothy Gale (Shanice Williams), chases after Toto. [36], All numbers composed by Charlie Smalls save for the following: "Tornado" is composed by Timothy Graphenreed and Harold Wheeler. "Common, Ne-Yo and Elijah Kelley are Newest Additions to All-Star Cast for 'The Wiz Live! A live television production of the stage version, The Wiz Live!, was broadcast on NBC on December 3, 2015, with an encore presentation on December 19 of the same year. It starred Ashanti as Dorothy, Tichina Arnold as Evillene, Dawnn Lewis as Addapearl, Joshua Henry as the Tin Man, James Monroe Iglehart as the Lion, Orlando Jones (succeeded by Colman Domingo) as The Wiz, and LaChanze as Aunt Em and Glinda.[19]. They agree and the trio becomes a quartet ("Ease On Down the Road #3"), but face a new danger when they are attacked by half-tiger, half-bear creatures called Kalidahs ("Kalidah Battle"). Or use our Unscramble word solver to find your best possible play! When The Wiz began previews, it was still pretty much an unknown entity. Dorothy tells Aunt Em that she wants to return back to her old home, but Aunt Em remi… Two of her farm helpers (Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley) are fixing an old fence, while the other (David Alan Grier) gets chased by Toto. Here, Oz is a fictionalized New York and the film’s Munchkinland is Harlem through an urban fantasy lens, tagged with graffiti and bounded by presumably busy highways. Once children can blend these sounds together they can start reading. The Yellow Brick Road leads them into a great forest where they discover a man made of tin, rusted solid. It was an early example of Broadway's mainstream acceptance of works with an all-black cast. Sidney Lumet served as director, working with screenwriter Joel Schumacher (who used none of Brown's stage script) and music supervisor Quincy Jones. This is … These five stories about the Wiz Kids are created with words using 8 letters - m s f a p t c i. After an argument, Aunt Em apologizes to her for an unintentionally hurtful remark. Her spell on the Winkies is lifted, and they show their thanks by restoring the Scarecrow and Tin Man to top condition, and reuniting the group ("Everybody Rejoice/A Brand New Day"). The Wiz, also known at times as Nobody Beats the Wiz, was a chain of electronic stores in the northeastern United States, located primarily in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. [5], William F. Brown, who wrote the book, gave a more specific explanation in 1993: "20th Century-Fox, the musical's major investor, put in another $100,000 to keep it going and everyone agreed to royalty cuts until the production's cost—about $1.1 million—was recouped....By the eighth week, we were selling out. All alphabetical All by size 3 5 6 7 8 10 There are 16 words beginning with WIZ Words in black are found in both the twl06 and the sowpods dictionaries; words in red are only in the sowpods dictionary. The Wiz Live! Evillene rules over the yellow land of the west, enslaving its people, the Winkies. The Wiz film takes themes from the stage version and builds on them to create a blended fantasy and sci-fi world that is at once evocative of the Black urban condition. The production starred Tamsier Joof (both shows); Rustie Lee (both shows); Sharon D. Clarke (2000), Victoria Wilson-James (2001), and Kat of MTV (both shows). [33][34] Uzo Aduba played Glinda and Amber Riley portrayed Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North. | Singer-songwriter Wallace Gary joined the cast as the Scarecrow. [18] Stage Entertainment mounted a full-scale production at the Beatrix Theater in Utrecht, Netherlands, in 2006. It set a high … In addition there is a list of Words that end with wiz, words that contain wiz, and Synonyms of wiz. Behind it stands a bewildered man who claims to be the Wizard. The one thing the tinsmith forgot was a heart, and he has longed for one ever since.