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A Look Back at The Wiz on Broadway

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The original production, starring Stephanie Mills, opened January 5, 1975 at the Majestic Theatre.

The Wiz, Charlie Smalls’ musical adaption of The Wizard of Oz, opened at the Majestic Theatre January 5, 1975. The show ran 1,672 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical.

The original production starred Stephanie Mills as Dorothy, and featured Tiger Haynes, Hinton Battle, Ted Ross, Andre de Shields, and Dee Dee Bridgewater in supporting roles. The show was revived in 1984 starring Stephanie Mills as Dorothy once more.

Look Back at The Wiz on Broadway

Look Back at The Wiz on Broadway

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Stephanie Mills and Gregg Baker

Stephanie Mills and Gregg Baker


Stephanie Mills and Howard Porter

Stephanie Mills and Howard Porter

Kenn Duncan


Andre De Shields

André De Shields

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Tiger Haynes

Tiger Haynes


Ken Page

Ken Page


Stephanie Mills, Howard Porter, Gregg Baker and Charles Valentino

Stephanie Mills, Howard Porter, Gregg Baker and Charles Valentino

Kenn Duncan


Carl Hall and Stephanie Mills

Carl Hall and Stephanie Mills


L. Michael Gray and cast

L. Michael Gray and cast


L. Michael Gray

L. Michael Gray


Ella Mitchell and cast

Ella Mitchell and cast


In 2015 The Wiz Live! joined NBC’s series of live musical events starring Uzo Aduba as Glinda the good witch, Queen Latifah as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em, Mary J. Blige as Evillene, David Alan Grier as The Cowardly Lion, Amber Riley as Addaperle, Ne-Yo as the Tin Man, Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow, Common as Bouncer, and 18-year-old newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy.

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