The Wiz

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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.wikipedia
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Ted Ross

A big-budget film adaptation of the same name was released in 1978, with Ted Ross and Mabel King reprising their roles.
Theodore Ross Roberts (June 30, 1934 – September 3, 2002), known as Ted Ross, was an American actor who was probably best known for his role as the Lion in The Wiz, an all-African American reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz.

The Wiz (film)

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A big-budget film adaptation of the same name was released in 1978, with Ted Ross and Mabel King reprising their roles.
A reimagining of L. Frank Baum's classic 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz featuring an all-black cast, the film was loosely adapted from the 1974 Broadway musical of the same name.

Majestic Theatre (Broadway)

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It opened on October 21, 1974 at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to the Majestic Theatre with a new cast on January 5, 1975.
Among the notable shows that have premiered at the Majestic are Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The Music Man (1957), Camelot (1960), A Little Night Music (1973), and The Wiz (1975).

The Wiz Live!

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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.
Produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, it is a performance of a new adaptation of the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz, a soul/R&B reinterpretation of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Mabel King

A big-budget film adaptation of the same name was released in 1978, with Ted Ross and Mabel King reprising their roles.
King's next most remembered role is that of Evillene the Witch, a role she originated in the stage musical The Wiz and reprised in Sidney Lumet's 1978 film adaptation.

Stephanie Mills

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Directed by Geoffrey Holder, the cast featured Stephanie Mills as Dorothy.
Mills rose to stardom as "Dorothy" in the original Broadway run of the musical The Wiz from 1975 to 1977.

Tony Award for Best Musical

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The 1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Glinda the Good Witch

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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.
As mentioned above, he is not an expert on Oz, but this statement made by Guph once again foreshadows a much later cinematic rendition of Glinda, in the film version of the Broadway musical The Wiz in which Glinda (played by Lena Horne) is responsible for the twister that brings Dorothy's house to Oz and sets all subsequent events into motion.

Tasha Thomas

1945 – November 8, 1984) was an American singer-songwriter and actress, known for her role as Aunt Em in the original Broadway production of The Wiz.

Tiger Haynes

He is best known for his portrayal of the Tin Man in the original Broadway cast of The Wiz (a role assumed by Nipsey Russell in the 1978 film adaptation).

Dee Dee Bridgewater

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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.
In 1974, her first solo album, entitled Afro Blue, appeared, and she performed on Broadway in the musical The Wiz.

Geoffrey Holder

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Directed by Geoffrey Holder, the cast featured Stephanie Mills as Dorothy. He replaced the original director, Gilbert Moses, with Geoffrey Holder in Detroit during out-of-town tryouts.
In 1975, Holder won two Tony Awards for direction and costume design of The Wiz, the all-black musical version of The Wizard of Oz.

Hinton Battle

He was the first to portray the Scarecrow in the stage version of The Wiz (a role assumed by Michael Jackson in the 1978 film adaptation).

Ralph Wilcox (actor)

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Some of his most memorable roles include "Jammin' Jim" Jenkins on the Emerald Cove segments of The Mickey Mouse Club, Mason Freeman in seaQuest 2032, and Mugambi in Tarzan: The Epic Adventures. He played the role of Uncle Henry in the original Broadway production of The Wiz.

Phylicia Rashad

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Actress Phylicia Rashad, a munchkin and swing in the original production, co-hosted the performance with George Faison.
Rashad first became known for her stage work with a string of Broadway credits, including Deena Jones in Dreamgirls (she was Sheryl Lee Ralph's understudy until leaving the show in 1982 after being passed over as Ralph's full-time replacement) and playing a Munchkin in The Wiz for three and a half years.

Consumer Rapport

One source attributes its turnaround success to a publicity campaign that included a TV commercial featuring the cast singing "Ease On Down the Road," a song that proved so popular that it was released as a single recorded by the disco group Consumer Rapport; The single hit the Billboard Soul Singles chart, peaking at #19 and the Hot 100, peaking at #42.
Lead vocals were by Frank Floyd, who was a pit singer in the company of the Broadway musical The Wiz.

Renn Woods

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The musical toured the US in 1976 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.
She has also appeared onstage as Dorothy in the first national touring production of The Wiz, and as The Moon in a critically acclaimed stage production of Caroline, or Change.

Morris A. Mechanic Theatre

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It opened on October 21, 1974 at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to the Majestic Theatre with a new cast on January 5, 1975.
They include I'm Solomon, Jimmy Shine, Applause, The Wiz, Smile, Lend Me a Tenor and Busker Alley.

Victor Willis

J.C. Williamson Theatres Limited Australia, Melbourne and Sydney, January–October 1976; starring Andrea Frierson (Dorothy), Victor Willis (Tin Man), Freddie Paris (Lion), Chuck McKinney (The Wiz), Robert Ellis (Scarecrow).
He appeared in many musicals and plays, including the original Broadway production of The Wiz in 1976 and subsequently, the Australian production.

Butterfly McQueen

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The original Baltimore cast included Renee Harris as Dorothy, Charles Valentino as the Scarecrow, Ben Harney as the Tin Man, Ken Prymus as the Cowardly Lion, and Butterfly McQueen as the Queen of the Field Mice.
McQueen was in the original version of the stage musical The Wiz when it debuted in Baltimore in 1974.

Victoria Wilson-James

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).
Wilson-James has also appeared in various theatre musicals including The Wiz (2001), Purlie (2004), and Lush Life (2005).

Tin Woodman

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J.C. Williamson Theatres Limited Australia, Melbourne and Sydney, January–October 1976; starring Andrea Frierson (Dorothy), Victor Willis (Tin Man), Freddie Paris (Lion), Chuck McKinney (The Wiz), Robert Ellis (Scarecrow).

Scarecrow (Oz)

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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").
Hinton Battle originated the role of the Scarecrow in the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz, and Michael Jackson played the Scarecrow in the 1978 film adaptation.

Renée Harris

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The original Baltimore cast included Renee Harris as Dorothy, Charles Valentino as the Scarecrow, Ben Harney as the Tin Man, Ken Prymus as the Cowardly Lion, and Butterfly McQueen as the Queen of the Field Mice.
Her career was launched as an 18-year-old with the role of Dorothy Gale in the touring version of The Wiz.

Wizard of Oz (character)

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With her magic unable to take Dorothy beyond the country boundaries, Addaperle decides Dorothy's best chance for assistance is to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City in the centre of Oz, to see the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, or "The Wiz" for short ("He's the Wizard").