The eagerly anticipated revival of “The Wiz” will hit Broadway’s Marquis Theatre on April 17.
Producers introduced Monday that the most recent manufacturing of the enduring musical — described as an “totally reimagined revival” — will start preview performances on March 29 on the Nederlander Group-operated theater, the current house of the Britney Spears-inspired musical “As soon as Upon a One Extra Time.”
Tailored in 1975 by William F. Brown as a Black model of L. Frank Baum’s basic story “The Wizard of Oz,” the acclaimed musical went on to “ease on down” Broadway historical past with eight Tony Award nominations and 7 wins, together with the coveted greatest musical prize.
The brand new manufacturing — starring Nichelle Lewis, Melody A. Betts, Kyle Ramar Freeman, Phillip Johnson Richardson, Avery Wilson and R&B music powerhouse Deborah Cox — kicked off a multi-city nationwide tour at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre on Sunday evening. In response to a rep for the present, the forged acquired 5 standing ovations throughout the curtain name.
Emmy Award winner Wayne Brady is ready to star within the titular function when “The Wiz” hits Los Angeles on Feb. 13. The “Let’s Make A Deal” star’s earlier Broadway credit embody “Chicago,” “Kinky Boots” and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Freestyle Love Supreme.”
5-time Emmy Award-nominee Amber Ruffin created extra materials for the revival that features components from the beloved 1978 large display screen adaptation starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Ted Ross, Nipsey Russell, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor. Ruffin, of “Late Evening with Seth Meyers” fame, additionally co-wrote the present Broadway smash musical “Some Like It Sizzling.”
“The Wiz” is helmed by Schele Williams and choreographed by JaQuel Knight. Academy Award-winning “Black Panther” manufacturing designer Hannah Beachler has been tapped for the scenic design, whereas “Dreamgirls” costume designer Sharen Davis oversees the wardrobe.