Full Length Musical, Comedy / 6m, 5f, 4m or f
This beloved Broadway musical sets Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul music!
A beloved Broadway gem, The Wiz infuses L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel, and soul music. This timeless tale of Dorothy’s adventures through the Land of Oz is a fun, family-friendly, modern musical and one of the most popular shows in the Samuel French catalog.
Adapted into a film version featuring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.
- Winner! Seven 1975 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical
Winner! Five 1975 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical
"Radiates so much energy you can hardly sit in your seat [...] great fun." - New York Post
"A continuous festival of movement [...] splendid character songs." - WWD
"A carnival of fun [...] wickedly amusing show." - TIME
"A virtual musical circus [...] driving rhythms, soaring songs [...] boisterous, exuberant." - WABC-TV
"Unquestionably, the humor and the heartbeat of the piece remain African-American at their source, but the overall effect is pluralistic and inclusive. In the truest and most positive sense of the phrase, [the] show is color-blind." - Variety
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- Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
- Time Period: Not Applicable
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
Kansas and the Land of Oz
- Additional Features: Animal spot, Local Celebrity Cameo, Special Effects
- Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes
- Musical Style: Pop/Rock, Jazz
- Vocal Demands: Difficult
- Orchestra Size: Large
- Chorus Size: Large
Casting6m, 5f, 4m or f
Dorothy's Aunt. Life has not been easy for her and promises little else. Harsh towards Dorothy at times, but acts out of love.
DOROTHY: Female, 13-16 (Range: Mezzo Soprano, G3-B5)
Bright eyed and alive as can be. Would rather remain a child as long as possible instead of accempting the responsibilities of adulthood.
UNCLE HENRY: Male, Late 30's (Range: Non-Singing)
Dorothy's Uncle. Physically run down from years of hard work on the farm. Often acts as the voice of reason towards Aunt Em.
ADDAPERLE: Female, Age Flexible (Range: Mezzo Soprano, F3-C5)
Good Witch of the North. Has magic powers she refers to as "doing tricks." Her magic abilities don't always pan out as well as she would like them to.
YELLOW BRICK ROAD (Four Actors): Male or Female, Age Flexible (Range: Flexible, F4-Db5/F3-Db4)
Four dancing actors combine to create the Yellow Brick Road. Metaphorically represents the road Dorothy travels down, encouraging her along the way.
SCARECROW: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, D3-A4)
Tired of being a scarecrow and the prospect of not going anywhere. Embarks on the journey to see The Wiz in hopes he can provide a brain.
TIN MAN: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Baritone, E3-A4)
Human at one time. Lost all his limbs to a cursed axe. Joins in the journey in hopes the Wiz will provide him a heart because “it isn’t enough to be good looking.”
LION: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Baritone, G2-Bb4)
Travels around the jungle scaring people, but has “a yellow streak a mile wide.” Coward state stems from deeper mother issues and gets regular counseling from an owl. Joins in the journey to see the wiz to gain some courage.
GATEKEEPER: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Non-Singing)
Guards the gate to the Emerald City.
THE WIZ: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, C3-A4)
All powerful leader over the land of Oz. Hides his true nature behind the façade of a temperamental leader. His true identity is an enigma.
EVILLENE: Female, Age Flexible (Range: Alto, Bb3-Db5)
Wicked Witch of the West. Low-down evil. Not a kind bone in her body nor kind thought in her rotten mind.
LORD HIGH UNDERLING: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Non-Singing)
Weak coward. Evillene's number one.
WINGED MONKEY: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Non-Singing)
Servant of the Wicked Witch of the West. Summoned to do her bidding. The mere mention of him brings fear.
GLINDA: Female, Age Flexible (Range: Alto, C4-Eb5)
Good Witch of the South. Prettiest of all the witches. Very wise in the way of show-business.
ENSEMBLE: TOTO - a dog, PIT SINGERS, TORNADO, MUNCHKINS, CROWS, KALIDAHS, POPPIES, FIELD MICE, EMERAL CITY CITIZENS, SOLDIER MESSENGER
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
- Local Celebrity Cameo
- Multicultural casting
- Room for Extras
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Plus various small parts, singers and dancers
Originally produced with an all-Black cast, it is preferred that the main characters are cast with people of color but there are no restrictions so long as the spirit of THE WIZ is maintained and cannot be confused with THE WIZARD OF OZ.
Music Material Rental Packages
Piano/Conductor Score (includes Synthesizer)
20 Vocal Chorus Books
Reed I (Flute, Alto Saxophone, Piccolo)
Reed II (Flute, Alto Saxophone, Piccolo)
Reed III (Alto Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone) Reed IV (Oboe, Baritone Saxophone, Alto Flute, Clarinet, English Horn)
Trumpet I & II (2 books)
Percussion I & II (2 books) (Timpani, Vibraphone, Bell-Tree, Bells, Tambourine, Xylophone, Triangle, Shaker, Conga/Tumbadora, Bongo Drums, Gourd, Cow Bell, Sand Block, Woodblock, Ratchet, Marimba, Cuica, Chimes, Whistle I & II, Cymbal, Timbale, Claves, Vibraslap, Cabasa)
Violins (2 Books)
The Wiz originally opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on January 5, 1974 after only 15 previews. It shortly thereafter moved down the street to the slightly smaller Broadway Theatre. The show finally closed on January 28, 1979 after a grand total of 1,672 performances.
The Wiz also had a brief revival at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, opening on May 24, 1984.