The Wiz

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! 

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The Wiz
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 5f, 4m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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.

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Accolades

  • Winner! Seven 1975 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical
    Winner! Five 1975 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical

Reviews

REVIEWS:

"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

Watch Female Inmates at Bedford Correctional Facility Perform a Gut-Wrenching Version of The Wiz here.

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THE WIZ: A Bold Look at Oz, Dorothy, and the Emerald City
by Marisa Arellano
September 14, 2015 

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by Courtney Kochuba
March 30, 2015

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by Abbie Van Nostrand
February 23, 2015

Videos

  • In Rehearsal: "The Wiz" at Encores!
  • Joshua Henry Performs "What Would I do if I Could Feel"
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Animals Animals

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    Kansas and the Land of Oz

  • Additional Features: Animal spot, Local Celebrity Cameo, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock, Jazz
  • Vocal Demands: Difficult
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Large

Song Samples

Ease on Down the Road (Dorothy, Scarecrow, Yellow Brick Road)
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Be a Lion (Dorothy, Lion)
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What Would I Do If I Could Feel (Tinman, Company)
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Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News (Evillene, Company)
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Y'all Got It (The Wiz, Company)
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Believing [Reprise] (Glinda, Company)
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Casting

6m, 5f, 4m or f

AUNT EM: Female, Late 30's (Range: Mezzo Soprano, G3-C5)
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

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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Plus various small parts, singers and dancers

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

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)
Trumpet III
Horn
Trombone I
Trombone II
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)
Drums
Violins (2 Books)
Cello
Bass
Guitar

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Authors

Charlie Smalls

Smalls, a musical prodigy, began playing piano at age three. After graduating from The Juilliard School in 1961, he began a varied performing and composing career. He was a pianist with the New York Jazz Repertory Company and toured with Harry Belafonte, Hugh Masekela and others. Smalls began working on The Wiz in 1970 ...

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William F. Brown

William F. Brown won a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award for writing the book of THE WIZ, one of the most successful musicals ever to come to Broadway and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical of the Year. Other Broadway credits include THE GIRL IN THE FREUDIAN SLIP (author); NEW FACES OF 196 ...

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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.

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