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. It is a retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the context of modern African-American culture. 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.

The 1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It was an early example of Broadway’s mainstream acceptance of works with an all-black cast

 

Writers

Book: William F. Brown

Music: Charlie Smalls
Timothy Graphenreed
Harold Wheeler
George Faison
Luther Vandross

Lyrics: Charlie Smalls
Zachary Walzer
Luther Vandross

Cast:

Brittany Bear

Rachel Monique Bethea

Toccarra Cash

Jason Feldman

Grace Freeman

Barbara Grant

Carter J. Gaston

Marcus Johnson

Justin Martin

Tatiana McConnico

Jordan Minter

Richard Miron

B. J. Myers

Victoria Petrosky-Silva

Stephanie Peyton

Desi Raines

Ashidah Richard

Devere Rogers

Emiliano Styles

Tye Tavaras

Tory Thurman

Jeremy Williams

MaRah Williams

Kristen Wood

Kelley Young