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Timothy Graphenreed, (8-26-1951 to 3-1-2020) Composer/Lyricist/Co-Author/Musical Director.Vocal Arranger/Orchestrator/Show Pianist, is best known for composing "The Tornado", "The Funky Monkey", and "Emerald City Ballet" in the Mega Broadway hit “The Wiz”. He is a member of ASCAP and worked with several multi-talented Directors/Choreographers including Michael Peters, Maurice Hines, Pat Birch, Hinton Battle, Lee Summers, Louis Johnson, Debbie Allen, Otis Sallid and of course, Tony Award-winning George Faison. He has also worked with or created arrangements for several Notables including the late Gregory Hines; Jennifer Holiday; Phylicia Rashad; Jeff Goldblum; Robert Downey, Jr.; Maya Angelou; Valerie Simpson; Darlene Love; Morgan Freeman; Charles Strouse; Ben Vereen; Melba Moore; Lalo Schifrin; Nick Ashford; Peobo Bryson and Patti Austin to name a few. He has written arrangements for several corporations including Ford, Krizia, L’Oreal, Essence Magazine, CBS, Rai Uno, Panasonic, PBS, Coca Cola “100 Years of Coca Cola” and Lincoln Mercury. Recent projects include: Creator of “Yesterday’s Dreamers, Tomorrow’s Stars”, a story of how an optimistic newly rich kid from Iowa changes the lives of some uninspired Crucian youth. Creator of “CherriSoul”, which tells the tale of a calorie-challenged woman, Cherri Lancaster, who shows the world that is it the Size of the Talent that matters. Co-Creator with Jalal Sherriff of “What Are You Doing With Your Life” a musical that chronicles an 11-year-old Harlem girl’s journey towards ridding her family from the clutches of drug use. Mr. Graphenreed had the distinct pleasure of having done vocal arrangements for Four African American TONY Award winners including Lillias White, Hinton Battle, Adriane Lenox, and LaChanze.

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[Off-Broadway, 1993]
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[Broadway, 1985]
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[Broadway, 1984]
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[Broadway, 1981]
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[Broadway, 1979]
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[Off-Broadway, 1978]
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[US Tour, 1978]
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[Broadway, 1975]
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Photos: First Look at the Cast of Broadway-Bound THE WIZ; Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets are now on sale to the general public for The Wiz, set to open on Broadway on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in a limited engagement at the Marquis Theatre (210 West 46th Street). Check out all new character posters, featuring a first look at the cast, in the photos here! 

THE WIZ to Play Pittsburgh's Benedum Center Beginning This Month

'The Wiz' will play the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh from October 31 to November 5, 2023. Get all the details and ticket information here!

THE WIZ Gets Broadway Dates, Plus First Look at Cast!

The all-new production of the Tony Award-winning hit musical The Wiz will open on Broadway on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in a limited engagement at the Marquis Theatre.  Preview performances will begin on March 29. Check out an all new first look photo, as well as a video of the cast performing with the orchestra for the first time!

Deborah Cox and Lascelles Stephens of Deco Entertainment Join THE WIZ Producing Team

Entertainment company DECO Entertainment, founded by Lascelles Stephens and Deborah Cox, will join the co-producing team of the all-new production of The Wiz. Learn more about the musical here!

Emmy and Grammy-Winning Adam Blackstone Joins THE WIZ Creative Team

Emmy Award®-winning music director and Grammy Award®-winning writer, Adam Blackstone, has joined the creative team as Dance Music Arranger for the revival of The Wiz.

Tickets On Sale Friday For THE WIZ in San Francisco

Tickets for the San Francisco engagement of The Wiz will go on sale on Friday, September 22 at 10 a.m. for the four-week engagement performing at BroadwaySF’s Golden Gate Theatre. Learn more about how to get tickets here!

Common and MC Lyte Join the Producing Team For THE WIZ

Academy Award®, Grammy Award® and Emmy Award®-winning artist, actor, author and activist Common and hip-hop pioneer, actor, philanthropist, and business mogul MC Lyte will join the co-producing team of the all-new production of The Wiz. Learn more about The Wiz and how to get tickets here!

Million Dollar Endowment Gift Given to Olney Theatre For Innovative New Works

Olney Theatre Center has received a $1 million endowment gift from the Eugene B. Casey Foundation, to support the work of the Vanguard Arts Fund which provides intensive workshop time for collaboratively-developed new works.

Teatro San Diego Releases Casting For THE WIZ

Chadae Nichol will helm the production as director.

BWW Review: WE'RE BACK. LILLIAS WHITE is a Force of Nature at The Green Room 42

Lillias White (Dreamgirls, Cats, Once On This Island, How to Succeed, The Life, Fela!) is the kind of performer who engenders adoration. She serves up joy and talent in giant portions in everything she does. She won the Tony for The Life, the Obie for Romance in Hard Times, and a Daytime Emmy for her role on Sesame Street. She was also Tony-nominated for her stunning turn in Fela! Her voice is instantly recognizable. No one sings like her. The force of her voice and her presence is as elemental as air, water, earth, and fire.

BWW Interview: Lillias White of WE'RE BACK at The Green Room 42, August 12th Through 14th

Lillias White has an artistic home-away-from-home at The Green Room 42, and with a new album to celebrate, the club that calls her their Main Muse is the perfect place to party.

Tony-Winner Lillias White Releases First Solo Studio Album 'Get Yourself Some Happy'

Tony and Daytime Emmy Award-winner Lillias White has released her highly-anticipated first solo studio album, 'Get Yourself Some Happy!', out today via Old Mill Road Recording.

Tony Winner Lillias White To Release First Solo Studio Album

Recorded and mixed in July 2019 at Old Mill Road Recording in East Arlington, Vermont, 'Get Yourself Some Happy!' is the culmination of a 30-year friendship and professional collaboration between Lillias White and her musical director/accompanist, Timothy Graphenreed.

Lillias White Will Release First Solo Studio Album, 'Get Yourself Some Happy!' on July 23rd; Listen to a Preview!

Tony and Daytime Emmy Award Winner Lillias White's will release her first solo studio album, 'Get Yourself Some Happy!', out July 23, 2021 via Old Mill Road Recording.  White is internationally recognized for her glorious voice and extraordinary ability to communicate the heart of a song.

LaChanze, Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad, Ken Roberson and Others Celebrate Timothy Graphenreed in Virtual Memorial

LaChanze and Avenue Q Choreographer, Ken Roberson will join Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad, George Faison and Emmy/Golden Globe Winner, S. Epatha Merkerson and others to celebrate Broadway’s Timothy Graphenreed (The Wiz) in a virtual Memorial on Sunday, February 28th at 5:30pm, EST.

Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad and More to Salute Timothy Graphenreed in Virtual Memorial

Tony Award-winners Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad, George Faison and Emmy/Golden Globe Winner, S. Epatha Merkerson and others will celebrate Broadway's Timothy Graphenreed (The Wiz) in a virtual memorial on Sunday, February 28th at 5:30pm, EST.

Broadway Pianist/Composer/Arranger Timothy Graphenreed Has Passed Away at Age 68

Broadway composer/lyricist/author/musical director/vocal arranger/dance arranger/orchestrator/accompanist, best known for composing The Tornado, and Emerald City Ballet in the Broadway hit 'The Wiz,' Timothy Graphenreed, passed away March 1, 2020, at Mt. Sinai at the age of 68.

VIDEO: Mykal Kilgore, Aisha Jackson, Antoine L. Smith And More Sing 'Everybody Rejoice (Brand New Day)'

Darkness RISING Project is a 501 (c3) composed of singers and musicians from the Black Broadway community whose purpose is to help those in the Black community begin conversations about mental health, provide access to resources, and erase the negative stigma of mental health issues.

VIDEO: Forget Your Troubles and Get Happy with a New Single from Lillias White!

Tony and Emmy Award Winner Lillias White is releasing her highly-anticipated second album, entitled, GET HAPPY!  The album is scheduled for release in Spring 2020 - and is a modern mix of Motown, Standards, Rock-and-Roll, and Jazz a?" all re-invented for today's audiences. The tracks all center on the theme of a?oehappinessa??.  

BWW Review: Lillias White Makes 54 Below Happy

Tony Award Winner Lillias White has a mission to brighten up her audience's nights during troubled times in the world. Audiences at Feinstein's/54 Below got the full mirth-filled Lillias-ized treatment at Make Someone Happy.


Timothy Graphenreed has written 1 shows including The Wiz (Composer).

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