The Wiz on Tour

based on the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

It’s got rock. It’s got gospel. It’s got soul. And oh my, the dancing! In a dream collaboration, Dallas Theater Center and Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the city’s oldest continuously operating dance company, fill the Wyly Theatre with dancing, singing and laughter for the dazzling musical that won seven Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway in 1975. Featuring Brierley Resident Acting Company members Liz Mikel and Hassan El-Amin, this eye-popping, high-energy family hit starts with a tornado and keeps lifting from there, as Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion “Ease on Down the Road” and ultimately learn there’s no place like home.


ON RECORD: Chantel Riley's Five Favorite Cast Albums- 'I LOVE Every Song on This Album'ON RECORD: Chantel Riley's Five Favorite Cast Albums- 'I LOVE Every Song on This Album'
by On Record - Jun 9, 2015

BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you our latest weekly series- ON RECORD. Ever wonder which Broadway tunes have inspired your favorite performers? Check back every Tuesday to find out which cast recordings have made an impact on Broadway's brightest stars. In this week's edition, we hear from Chantel Riley, who is currently starring as 'Nala' in The Lion King- playing at the Minskoff Theatre. Read on to find out her top five picks! (more...)

Kenny Leon & Craig Zadan Comment From THE WIZ LIVE! Auditions: 'We're Doing The Stage Version, Not The Movie!'Kenny Leon & Craig Zadan Comment From THE WIZ LIVE! Auditions: 'We're Doing The Stage Version, Not The Movie!'
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 6, 2015

The men behind the magic audition Dorothys! (more...)

Photo Flash: 'Dorothy' Hopefuls from Across the U.S. Audition for NBC's THE WIZ LIVEPhoto Flash: 'Dorothy' Hopefuls from Across the U.S. Audition for NBC's THE WIZ LIVE
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 6, 2015

NBC's holiday production of 'The Wiz Live!,' is set for Thursday, Dec. 3. Today, the network hosted an open casting call for the role of  'Dorothy' at New York's Telsey + Company. (more...)

Who Will Win the 2015 Tony Awards? We Compare Year By Year!Who Will Win the 2015 Tony Awards? We Compare Year By Year!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 6, 2015

The 69th Annual Tony Awards are this Sunday June 7th at 8/9c hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming. It's the biggest award show of the Broadway season and it closes out a long award season for Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and plays. We can't help but wonder what chances this year's Best Musical and Best Play nominees have of taking home the ultimate prize.  (more...)

Roz Ryan & More to Perform at Development Wing's BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Benefit ConcertRoz Ryan & More to Perform at Development Wing's BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

The Development Wing, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the creation of new American musicals, will present its fourth annual Broadway Under the Stars benefit concert on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 6/5/2015 - Tonys, Tonys, Tonys!WAKE UP with BWW 6/5/2015 - Tonys, Tonys, Tonys!
by Jessica Showers - Jun 5, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: THE TONY AWARDS! What else?! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 6/30/2015 - OF GOOD STOCK, Judy Blazer in GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE and More!WAKE UP with BWW 6/30/2015 - OF GOOD STOCK, Judy Blazer in GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jun 30, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: OF GOOD STOCK opens off-Broadway, 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' gets a new actress, OFF THE MAIN ROAD kicks off WTF today and more! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Benjamin Rauhala Celebrates Marriage Equality with Jeremy Jordan's Rendition of 'Over The Rainbow/Home'STAGE TUBE: Benjamin Rauhala Celebrates Marriage Equality with Jeremy Jordan's Rendition of 'Over The Rainbow/Home'
by Stage Tube - Jun 26, 2015

Music director and arranger Benjamin Rauhala took to Facebook today to express his pride in the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage. To celebrate, he posted a video of Broadway vet Jeremy Jordan performing Rauhala's mashup arrangement of 'Over The Rainbow' from The WizARD OF OZ and 'Home' from The Wiz at 54 Below last fall. Check it out below! (more...)

American Theater Company's 31st Season to Include Premieres from Thomas Bradshaw, Dan LeFrancAmerican Theater Company's 31st Season to Include Premieres from Thomas Bradshaw, Dan LeFranc
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

American Theater Company (ATC) announces Season 31: The Legacy Season, honoring ATC's late artistic director PJ Paparelli and continuing the theater's dedication to developing new works. (more...)

New Musical MARLEY Breaks Box Office Records in BaltimoreNew Musical MARLEY Breaks Box Office Records in Baltimore
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

The World Premiere production of Marley, a new musical with music and lyrics by Bob Marley, and written and directed by Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, became the highest grossing single ticket show and the highest attended show in the 52-year history of Baltimore's Center Stage. (more...)

Mary Bridget Davies to Return in A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at Pasadena Playhouse; Full Cast Set!Mary Bridget Davies to Return in A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at Pasadena Playhouse; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse announced today full casting for A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN.  Conceived, written and directed by Randy Johnson, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox and musical direction by Tyler Evans.  A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN stars Mary Bridget Davies, following her Tony Award nominated Broadway run.  Pasadena native Kacee Clanton, also from the Broadway production of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, will alternate the role of Janis Joplin with Davies.   (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 24th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 24th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 24, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'On Your Feet!' and 'City Of Angels' rake in the reviews, while Bette plays the UC. Kristin and Idina plan concerts here, outdoor movies light up the summer, and the 'Beautiful' tour and 'Charlie Brown' are slated for Christmas. By summer's end: 'The Boy From Oz,' 'Glory Days' and 'Triassic Parq!' (more...)

Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Old Globe's presentation of Kiss Me, Kate, the classic musical comedy featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and an iconic score by Cole Porter. (more...)

Ryann Redmond, Bryan Batt and More Star in HAIRSPRAY, Beginning Tonight at The MunyRyann Redmond, Bryan Batt and More Star in HAIRSPRAY, Beginning Tonight at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

The Muny presents Hairspray, winner of the 2003 Tony Award for Best Musical, featuring music by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman with a book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan. The Muny's production of Hairspray is directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges and music directed by Charlie Alterman. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 23, 2015BWW's On This Day - June 23, 2015
by - Jun 23, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 23 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Clear Space Theatre Company to Offer 'Free Fridays' Throughout the SummerClear Space Theatre Company to Offer 'Free Fridays' Throughout the Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

The Clear Space Theatre Company is pleased to announce "Free Fridays" for performances of their Musical Theatre Summer Intensives.  The Summer Intensive camps are an extension of their long-running Broadway Bound program where students from grades 1 through 12 study the craft of theatre through five separate week-long camps held at the Clear Space Theatre in downtown Rehoboth Beach. (more...)

West End's AMERICAN IDIOT, Starring Amelia Lily, Announces Full CastWest End's AMERICAN IDIOT, Starring Amelia Lily, Announces Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Full casting is announced for Green Day's explosive award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot as it blasts into the UK from 17 July, at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square. The full cast are Luke Baker (Theo), Natasha Barnes (Heather), Alexis Gerred (Tunny), Llandyll Gove (Gerard), Raquel Jones (Extraordinary girl), Natasha Karp (Alysha) Robyn Mellor (Libby), Lucas Rush (St. Jimmy), Steve Rushton (Will), Aaron Sidwell (Johnny) and Ross William Wild (Joshua). They join the previously announced X Factor star, Amelia Lily who is playing Whatshername. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 6/19/2015 - Father's Day Weekend!WAKE UP with BWW 6/19/2015 - Father's Day Weekend!
by Jessica Showers - Jun 19, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: Benefits, readings, concerts, and more, all in time for Father's Day! (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 6/19; MY FAIR LADY at the Muny, ON YOUR FEET! and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 6/19; MY FAIR LADY at the Muny, ON YOUR FEET! and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 19, 2015

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Maine, Chicago, Italy, and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include FAME at Maine State Music Theatre, a 'risky' FUNNY GIRL in Italy, and full coverage of Gloria Estafan's Broadway-bound ON YOUR FEET!, just to name a few. (more...)

Judy Collins & More Added to This Summer's Lincoln Center Out of Doors FestivalJudy Collins & More Added to This Summer's Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Lincoln Center Out of Doors one of the country's longest-running, free, summer outdoor festivals opens its 45th season on July 22, 2015. A range of concerts, dance performances, family events, related film screenings, talks, and an exhibition will be presented across three weeks, from July 22 - August 9. (more...)

BWW Interview:  Playwright Rory Sheriff, 'Be A Lion'BWW Interview: Playwright Rory Sheriff, 'Be A Lion'
by Vickie Evans - Jun 17, 2015

Playwright Rory Sheriff penned the stage play, 'Be A Lion', a delightful spinoff to the Broadway musical and film, 'The Wiz', an adaptation of the television classic, 'The Wizard of Oz'. (more...)

Katrina Lenk & Eric B. Anthony Set for TN Shakespeare Company's MIDSUMMER NIGHTKatrina Lenk & Eric B. Anthony Set for TN Shakespeare Company's MIDSUMMER NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

Tennessee Shakespeare Company, in partnership with the University of Memphis' Department of Theatre & Dance, presents its second developing musical reading on the U of M mainstage with Midsummer Night by Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn on June 27 at 7:00 pm. (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Named for Chaffin's Barn's ALL SHOOK UPCast, Creative Team Named for Chaffin's Barn's ALL SHOOK UP
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 15, 2015

Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre - Nashville's venerable entertainment center, which for 49 years has been the theater home to thousands of actors, directors, technicians and artists - has announced the creative team and cast for this summer's eagerly anticipated production of All Shook Up, slated to run July 23-August 30. (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway Under the Stars Shines with Roz Ryan & MorePhoto Flash: Broadway Under the Stars Shines with Roz Ryan & More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

The Development Wing presented its fourth annual Broadway Under the Stars benefit concert on Saturday, June 6, 2015.  (more...)

Nikki M. James & More Lead LCT3's New Musical PRELUDES, Opening TonightNikki M. James & More Lead LCT3's New Musical PRELUDES, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

Eisa Davis, Gabriel Ebert, Nikki M. James, Joseph Keckler, Chris Sarandon, and Or Matias, on piano, lead LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater production of PRELUDES, a new musical by Dave Malloy, inspired by the music of Sergei Rachmaninov, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin. PRELUDES, a world premiere and the first musical to be produced by LCT3 in the Claire Tow Theater, began performances on May 23 and opens tonight, June 15, running through Sunday, July 19 at the Claire Tow Theater (150 West 65th Street). (more...)

The ALL SHOOK UP Diaries: Harley Seger and Daron Bruce ReportThe ALL SHOOK UP Diaries: Harley Seger and Daron Bruce Report
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 9, 2015

Rehearsals got under way this week for Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre's big musical for the summer of 2015: All Shook Up. With a cast of Nashville theater veterans -- joined by some of the region's brightest up-and-comers -- you can rest assured that the rehearsal process will be just as much fun as the show itself. Throughout the next couple of weeks we'll be sharing 'diaries' from members of the cast and crew in anticipation of opening night on July 23. Today, 2015 First Night Most Promising Actor Harley Seger (a rising senior at Christ Presbyterian Academy) and 2014 First Night Honoree Daron Bruce bring us up to speed... (more...)

Jeremy Jordan, NPH & More! BWW's Guide to Broadway on Fall TVJeremy Jordan, NPH & More! BWW's Guide to Broadway on Fall TV
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 8, 2015

Some of our favorite Broadway stars will be trading in the neon lights of the Great White Way to drop into our living rooms this fall when the the highly anticipated new TV season kicks off. (more...)

Santoya Fields to Lead RACHEL at New Brooklyn Theatre; Cast Announced!Santoya Fields to Lead RACHEL at New Brooklyn Theatre; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2015

New Brooklyn Theatre has announced casting today for its production of RACHEL by Angelina Weld Grimke, directed by Courtney Harge. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad, Andre De Shields & More Original Cast Reunite For THE WIZ In Central Park, 8/12Phylicia Rashad, Andre De Shields & More Original Cast Reunite For THE WIZ In Central Park, 8/12
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 27, 2015

Ease on down to Central Park this August! (more...)

Believe! Craig Zadan Shares Several Updates On THE WIZ LIVE!Believe! Craig Zadan Shares Several Updates On THE WIZ LIVE!
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 27, 2015

New information on The Wiz LIVE! (more...)

LION KING, WEST SIDE STORY Among 100 Greatest American FilmsLION KING, WEST SIDE STORY Among 100 Greatest American Films
by Movies News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

BBC Culture today released a comprehensive new poll of the 100 Greatest American Films of all time. Among the esteemed list is the 1952 film SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, at No. 7, and The WizARD OF OZ, coming in #34 on the list. (more...)

Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Post Pic Of Kenny Leon & Fatima Robinson From THE WIZ LIVE! Dorothy AuditionsCraig Zadan & Neil Meron Post Pic Of Kenny Leon & Fatima Robinson From THE WIZ LIVE! Dorothy Auditions
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 24, 2015

The men behind the magic audition Dorothys! (more...)

AMERICAN IDIOT, Starring Amelia Lily, Opens Tonight in the West EndAMERICAN IDIOT, Starring Amelia Lily, Opens Tonight in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Green Day's explosive award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot blasts into the UK, opening tonight 22 July at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square. (more...)

VIDEO: Brandy Norwood Talks Broadway Debut, Singing in the Subway & More on 'Today'VIDEO: Brandy Norwood Talks Broadway Debut, Singing in the Subway & More on 'Today'
by TV News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Brandy Norwood, who currently stars as Roxie Hart in Broadway's Chicago, appeared on NBC's TODAY to talk about appearing in the long-running musical. 'I stepped on that stage and my entire life changed,' says the Grammy winner. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 7/14/2015 - 7/21/2015Hottest Articles on BWW 7/14/2015 - 7/21/2015
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 7/14/2015 - 7/21/2015. (more...)

The ALL SHOOK UP Diaries: Hurtling Toward Opening NightThe ALL SHOOK UP Diaries: Hurtling Toward Opening Night
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 21, 2015

Rehearsals  are drawing to a close as the bright lights of opening night begin to heat up at Nashville's Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, where the cast and crew of the company's big summer musical, All Shook Up, get ready for their big debut on Thursday. With a cast of Nashville theater veterans – joined by some of the region's brightest up-and-comers – it promises to be a grand theatrical affair. We've been sharing some of the backstage gossip for the past couple of weeks and as our preview coverage concludes, we share a special “by the numbers” look at the show, courtesy of Christen Heilman Runyon… (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 19, 2015BWW's On This Day - July 19, 2015
by - Jul 19, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 19 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 18, 2015BWW's On This Day - July 18, 2015
by - Jul 18, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 18 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 7/18/2015
by - Jul 18, 2015

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 7/18/2015. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 17, 2015BWW's On This Day - July 17, 2015
by - Jul 17, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 17 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 15th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 15th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 16, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Into The Woods,' 'Company,' 'Oklahoma!' and 'South Pacific' receive local stagings, as do 'Loving Repeating' and 'Goblin Market.' New shows include 'Stanley In The Name Of Love' and the musical episode of 'Buffy.' Plus the latest on new screen versions of 'Lucky Stiff,' 'The Wiz' and 'Grease!' (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 16, 2015BWW's On This Day - July 16, 2015
by - Jul 16, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 16 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Theatre Harrisburg & Voices of the Valley to Host A SUMMER SALUTE TO THE BEST OF BROADWAY MUSICALSTheatre Harrisburg & Voices of the Valley to Host A SUMMER SALUTE TO THE BEST OF BROADWAY MUSICALS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

Theatre Harrisburg and Voices of the Valley once again join forces for the fifth  edition of their popular summer musical collaboration - A SUMMER SALUTE TO THE BEST OF BROADWAY MUSICALS.  (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 14, 2015BWW's On This Day - July 14, 2015
by - Jul 14, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 14 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/14/2015 - NPH Judges AMERICA'S GOT TALENT and More!WAKE UP with BWW 7/14/2015 - NPH Judges AMERICA'S GOT TALENT and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 14, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Neil Patrick Harris guest judges on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT tonight! (more...)

VIDEO: CHICAGO's Brandy Norwood Sings 'Home' In Disguise on NYC SubwayVIDEO: CHICAGO's Brandy Norwood Sings 'Home' In Disguise on NYC Subway
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 14, 2015

Singer and current star of Broadway's CHICAGO Brandy Norwood thought she would treat a crowd of unsuspecting subway riders to a cover of 'Home' from The Wiz. (more...)

Fill Those Ruby Slippers! NBC to Hold L.A. Casting Call for Role of 'Dorothy' in THE WIZ LIVEFill Those Ruby Slippers! NBC to Hold L.A. Casting Call for Role of 'Dorothy' in THE WIZ LIVE
by Jessica Showers - Jul 13, 2015

NBC is having an open casting call for the lead role of Dorothy in the network's upcoming holiday special "The Wiz Live!," set for Thursday, Dec. 3. (more...)

Bayou Theatre Company to Stage PASSING STRANGEBayou Theatre Company to Stage PASSING STRANGE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

Bayou Theatre Company continues it's 2014-2015 Season "Finding the Real" with Stew's musical "Passing Strange," exploring themes of acceptance, identity, the importance of family and love, set in various parts of Europe like Amsterdam, and Berlin. Passing Strange is directed by Bayou Theatre Company's Artistic Director Alric Davis with musical direction by Donte Wright, and will be performed at the Frenetic Theatre Thursday - Saturday August 6th - 8th nightly at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

The ALL SHOOK UP Diaries: It's A Busy Weekend for the CastThe ALL SHOOK UP Diaries: It's A Busy Weekend for the Cast
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 13, 2015

Rehearsals got under way last week for Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre's big musical for the summer of 2015: All Shook Up. With a cast of Nashville theater veterans - joined by some of the region's brightest up-and-comers - you can rest assured that the rehearsal process will be just as much fun as the show itself. Throughout the next couple of weeks we'll be sharing 'diaries' from members of the cast and crew in anticipation of opening night on July 23. (more...)

BWW TV: Jonathan Brielle, Roz Ryan & More Perform at Annual Broadway Under the StarsBWW TV: Jonathan Brielle, Roz Ryan & More Perform at Annual Broadway Under the Stars
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 10, 2015

The Development Wing presented its fourth annual Broadway Under the Stars benefit concert on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The exclusive, one-night-only event was hosted by acclaimed writer/lyricist Jonathan Brielle, Artistic Director of The Development Wing and Vice President of The Johnny Mercer Foundation, and featured musical performances by Broadway's best, including Roz Ryan (Chicago, Ain't Misbehavin'), Cole Burden (Murder Ballad), Brooke Sunny Moriber (The Threepenny Opera), Ken Prymus (Cats, The Wiz), Patricia Noonan (Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice), along with young artists,Jenna Downs, Jake Swain, and more. With Musical Direction by Jeffrey Klitz, Broadway Under the Stars took place on the grounds of the historic Vala Maison, an exquisite country-style estate located in Tewksbury, New Jersey. (more...)

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