Photo Coverage: 'THE WIZ' Opening Night After Party

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The Encores! Summer Stars production of The Wiz, starring Ashanti, LaChanze and Orlando Jones, officially opened last night, Thursday, June 18 at New York City Center. (Previews began June 12). Ashanti's Dorothy is joined by Joshua Henry, James Monroe Iglehart, Christian Dante White, Tichina Arnold and Dawnn Lewis. BroadwayWorld.com's cameras celebrated along with the cast after the curtain came down!

The Wiz, the 1974 rock and soul musical based on the beloved L. Frank Baum story about Dorothy and her adventures in Oz, will be directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, with music direction by Alex Lacamoire, (the team responsible for the Tony-winning In the Heights) sets by David Korins, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Acme Sound Partners.

The Wiz has a book by William F. Brown, music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and orchestrations by Harold Wheeler. The original production was directed by Geoffrey Holder and choreographed by George Faison. It won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

In addition to Ashanti, Orlando Jones, Joshua Henry, James Monroe Iglehart, Christian Dante White, Tichina Arnold, Dawnn Lewis, and LaChanze, the cast includes Raymond Lamar Bennett, Tanya Birl, Darlesia Cearcy, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Angela Grovey, Ebony Haswell, Lauren Lim Jackson, Kevin-Anthony, Carl Lation, Jennifer Locke, Amy McClendon, Kenna Michelle Morris, John Eric Parker, Herman Payne, Ryan Rankine, Levensky Smith, Ephraim Sykes, Adrienne Warren, Daniel J. Watts, Juson Williams and William B. Wingfield.

The Wiz runs June 12 - July 5.Tickets range from $25 - $110 and are available at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix(r) at 212-581-1212, or online at www.nycitycenter.org.

The Wiz performance schedule: Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm; Wednesday - Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm (note: Opening night, June 18 curtain is at 6:30pm; No performances on July 3 and 4); and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 pm. There will be Saturday matinees on June 20 and 27. Closing performance is on Sunday, July 5 at 7:00 pm.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: 'THE WIZ' Opening Night After Party
Opening Night After Party for THE WIZ!

Photo Coverage: 'THE WIZ' Opening Night After Party
Alex Lacamoire, Thomas Kail and Andy Blankenbuehler

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Alex Lacamoire, Thomas Kail and Andy Blankenbuehler

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Thomas Kail

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Andy Blankenbuehler

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Alex Lacamoire

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Nigel

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Bill Berloni and Nigel

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Gayle King

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Gayle King

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Adrian Bailey

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Adrian Bailey

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Asmeret Ghebremichael

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Asmeret Ghebremichael

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Ebony Haswell

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Ebony Haswell

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Levensky Smith

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Jennifer Locke

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Jennifer Locke

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Amy McClendon

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Amy McClendon

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Those amazing ladies of The Wiz!

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The Wiz's talented ensemble

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The Wiz cast gets ready to celebrate opening night!

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Joshua Henry

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Joshua Henry

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James Monroe Iglehart

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James Monroe Iglehart

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Levensky Smith

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Christian Dante White

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Christian Dante White

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Christian Dante White

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Christian Dante White

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Orlando Jones and Christian Dante White

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Orlando Jones

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Orlando Jones

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Orlando Jones

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Orlando Jones

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Tichina Arnold

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Tichina Arnold

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Tichina Arnold

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LaChanze

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LaChanze

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LaChanze and her children celebrate opening night!

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LaChanze

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Dawnn Lewis and LaChanze

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Dawnn Lewis and LaChanze

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Dawnn Lewis

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Dawnn Lewis

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Dawnn Lewis

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Dawnn Lewis

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Orlando Jones and Dawnn Lewis

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Orlando Jones and Dawnn Lewis

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Nelly

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Nelly

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Nelly

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Nelly

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Ashanti

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Ashanti

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Ashanti

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Ashanti

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Ashanti

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Ashanti

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.