The Wiz

A CONCORD THEATRICALS TITLE

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  5f, 6m, 4m or f

This smash Broadway musical sets Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul music! 

The Wiz
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 6m, 4m or f
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature)
  • Suggested Use
    Suggested Use
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! Seven 1975 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical
    Winner! Five 1975 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical

Description

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 Concord Theatricals catalog.

History
The Wiz originally opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on January 5, 1974 after only 15 previews. Shortly thereafter, it moved down the street to the slightly smaller Broadway Theatre, where it ran until January 28, 1979, boasting a grand total of 1,672 performances. On May 24, 1984, The Wiz returned to Broadway for a brief revival at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. A film adaptation, starring Diana Ross as Dorothy, premiered on October 24, 1978. On December 3, 2015, NBC presented The Wiz Live!, a live television adaptation of the stage musical starring Shanice Williams as Dorothy Gale.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
Cautions
  • Animals

Licence details

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Specifics

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

Casting

5f, 6m, 4m or f
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
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 (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 (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 (Non-Singing)
Weak coward. Evillene's number one.

WINGED MONKEY: Male, Age Flexible (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, EMERALD CITY CITIZENS, SOLDIER, MESSENGER
Casting Notes

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

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

Act I

1. Overture - Pit Singers
1a. Prologue - Orchestra
2. "The Feeling We Once Had" - Aunt Em, Pit Singers
3. Tornado - Pit Singers
3a. Munchkin Entrance - Orchestra
4. Addaperle’s Appearance - Orchestra
5. "He’s the Wiz" - Addaperle, Munchkins, Pit Singers
5a. Addaperle’s Disappearance - Orchestra
6. "Soon as I Get Home" - Dorothy, Pit Singers
7. "Born on the Day Before Yesterday" - Scarecrow, Pit Singers
8. "Ease on Down the Road" - Dorothy, Scarecrow, Yellow Brick Road, Pit Singers
9. "Slide Some Oil To Me" - Tin Man
10. "Ease on Down the Road #2" - Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Yellow Brick Road, Pit Singers
11. "Mean Ole Lion" - Lion, Pit Singers
12. "Ease on Down the Road #3" - Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Munchkins, Pit Singers
13. Kalidahs - Orchestra
14. "Be a Lion" - Dorothy, Lion, Pit Singers
15. Poppies Ballet - Orchestra
15a. Lion Exit - Orchestra
16. Emerald City Dance - Stage Voices, Pit Singers
16a. After Emerald City - Orchestra
17. "So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard" - The Wiz, Pit Singers
18. "What Would I Do If I Could Feel?" - Tin Man, Pit Singers
19. Act I Curtain - Orchestra

Act II

20. Entr’acte - Orchestra
21. "Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News" - Evillene, Pit Singers
21a. Monkey Chant - Orchestra
22. Funky Monkey - Orchestra
22a. Back at the Witch's Castle - Pit Singers
23. Evillene’s Exit - Orchestra
24. "Everybody Rejoice" - Winkies, Dorothy, All
24a. Everybody Rejoice Exit - Orchestra
25. "Who Do You Think You Are?" - Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Pit Singers
26. "Believe in Yourself" - The Wiz
26a. Wishes Granted - Orchestra
27. Promenade - Orchestra
28. "Y’all Got It" - The Wiz, Pit Singers
28a. Y’all Got It (Playoff) - Orchestra
28b. Addaperle’s Reappearance - Orchestra
29. "A Rested Body" - Glinda, Pit Singers
30. "Believe In Yourself" Reprise - Glinda, Pit Singers
30a. Addaperle’s Exit - Orchestra
31. Finale: "Home" - Dorothy, Pit Singers
32. Bows - Orchestra, Pit Singers
33. Exit Music - Orchestra, Pit Singers

Reed 1 (Flute, Alto Saxophone, Piccolo)
Reed 2 (Flute, Alto Saxophone, Piccolo)
Reed 3 (Alto Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
Reed 4 (Oboe, Baritone Saxophone, Alto Flute, Clarinet, English Horn)
Trumpet 1 & 2
Trumpet 3
Horn
Trombone 1
Trombone 2
Percussion 1 & 2 (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
Guitar
Violins
Cello
Bass

Materials

Scripts

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package:

1 Piano/Conductor Score 
20 Vocal Chorus Books
1 Reed 1 
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Reed 4
2 Trumpet 1 & 2
1 Trumpet 3
1 Horn
1 Trombone 1
1 Trombone 2
2 Percussion 1 & 2 
1 Drums
1 Guitar
2 Violins
1 Cello
1 Bass

Piano Only:
1 Piano/Conductor Score 
20 Vocal Chorus Books

Additional Material:
A Full Score is available for this title for an additional fee. Please contact your licensing representative for additional information.

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Media

Press

“Radiates so much energy you can hardly sit in your seat.” – New York Post

“A continuous festival of movement... splendid character songs.” – WWD

“A carnival of fun... [a] 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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by Marisa Arellano
September 14, 2015

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March 30, 2015

So You Wanted To Meet The Wizard?
by Abbie Van Nostrand
February 23, 2015

OTHER PRESS

Watch female inmates at Bedford Correctional Facility perform a gut-wrenching version of The Wiz here.

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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Videos

  • In Rehearsal: "The Wiz" at Encores!

  • Joshua Henry Performs "What Would I Do If I Could Feel?"

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Authors

William F. Brown

William F. Brown (1928-2019) 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 the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical of the Year. Other Broadway credits include The Girl in the ...

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Charlie Smalls

Charlie Smalls (1943-1987), 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. Sm ...

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