Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call

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). Easing down the road with Ashanti's Dorothy will be Joshua Henry, James Monroe Iglehart, Christian Dante White, Tichina Arnold and Dawnn Lewis. BroadwayWorld.com "eased on down the road" to cover all the "Oz" filled action!

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: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Alex Lacamoire and Orchestra

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
The Wiz Ensemble

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
The Ensemble takes a bow!

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
The cast of The Wiz

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
The ladies of The Ensemble

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Tichina Arnold

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Tichina Arnold

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Tichina Arnold

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Tichina Arnold

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Dawnn Lewis

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Dawnn Lewis

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Dawnn Lewis

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Dawnn Lewis

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Dawnn Lewis

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
LaChanze

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
LaChanze

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
LaChanze

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
LaChanze

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
LaChanze

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
LaChanze

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Orlando Jones and LaChanze

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Orlando Jones and LaChanze

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Orlando Jones and LaChanze

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Orlando Jones

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Orlando Jones, Christian Dante White and LaChanze

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Christian Dante White

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Christian Dante White

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Joshua Henry

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Joshua Henry

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
James Monroe Iglehart

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
James Monroe Iglehart

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Joshua Henry, James Monroe Iglehart and Christian Dante White

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Joshua Henry, James Monroe Iglehart, Christian Dante White, Orlando Jones, Ashanti, LaChanze and the cast

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Ashanti takes her bow!

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Ashanti

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Ashanti

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Ashanti

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Orlando Jones, Ashanti and LaChanze

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Ashanti

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Joshua Henry, James Monroe Iglehart, Orlando Jones, Ashanti, LaChanze, Christian Dante White and Dawnn Lewis

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Orlando Jones, Ashanti and LaChanze

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Joshua Henry, James Monroe Iglehart, Orlando Jones, Ashanti, LaChanze, Christian Dante White and Dawnn Lewis

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Orlando Jones, Ashanti, LaChanze and Christian Dante White

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Joshua Henry, James Monroe Iglehart, Orlando Jones, Ashanti, LaChanze, Christian Dante White and Dawnn Lewis

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
'Toto' - Nigel makes his bow with help from Ashanti

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Nigel and Ashanti

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
LaChanze, Ashanti, Nigel and Christian Dante White

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Nigel and Ashanti

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Nigel and Ashanti

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Joshua Henry, James Monroe Iglehart, Orlando Jones, Ashanti, LaChanze, Christian Dante White and Dawnn Lewis

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Orlando Jones, Nigel and Ashanti

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Orlando Jones, Nigel and Ashanti

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
Orlando Jones, Nigel and Ashanti

Photo Coverage: Encores! Summer Stars' 'THE WIZ' Opening Night - Curtain Call
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