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Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: THE WIZ Photo Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: THE WIZ
by Ben Rimalower - Feb 15, 2019

This week's decluttering is only freeing up a tiny bit of space in my collection, but it represents an enormous place in my heart. The only version of The Wiz I have on CD is the AMAZING/IF YOU DON'T KNOW IT, YOU'RE NOT A REAL BROADWAY FAN original cast album starring Stephanie Mills. I do have the movie soundtrack in my iTunes and the soundtrack of 'The Wiz Live!' is on Apple Music, so let's dive in.

BWW Review: All Hail THE WIZ at TUTS Photo BWW Review: All Hail THE WIZ at TUTS
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Oct 27, 2018

Though it's 2018 in Houston, Texas, at the height of the 2018 primary election, but thankfully, there's an escape from the tumultuous political climate where blue and red are the subject. The color of today is green.

Black Theatre Troupe Presents THE WIZ Photo Black Theatre Troupe Presents THE WIZ
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2018

Black Theatre Troupe presents The Super Soul Musical version of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" September 28 - October 14 At Tempe Arts Center. This joyous, modern retelling of L. Frank Baum's classic children's story reflects contemporary African-American culture. After Dorothy gets swept up in a tornado, she finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz.

Black Theatre Troupe Opens Its 2018-19 Season With Its First Production Of THE WIZ Photo Black Theatre Troupe Opens Its 2018-19 Season With Its First Production Of THE WIZ
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2018

Black Theatre Troupe opens its 2018-19 season with its first production of THE WIZ, the rock and soul version of The Wizard of Oz. Performances of THE WIZ are Sept 28-Oct. 14 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, which will be the first time the acclaimed company has performed in the venue.

Did You Know... Our Favorite Fun Facts About the 2018 Tony Nominees! Photo Did You Know... Our Favorite Fun Facts About the 2018 Tony Nominees!
by Matt Tamanini - May 1, 2018

The 2018 Tony nominations were announced this morning. If you haven't checked them out yet, what are you waiting for?! CLICK HERE to check out a full list of this year's nominees, and HERE for reactions from the lucky few!

BWW Review: THE WIZ at Ford's Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE WIZ at Ford's Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - Mar 25, 2018

As if there weren't enough scary things in the world right now, I've come to realize that I have been going to live theatrical productions for over 43 years. That means I have been sitting in the dark for a long time (no jokes please).

Ross Kemp to Tour EXTREME TALES LIVE ON STAGE Across Australia Photo Ross Kemp to Tour EXTREME TALES LIVE ON STAGE Across Australia
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

In a global first, documentary maker, author and actor Ross Kemp will reveal the truth about how the extreme world works live on stage, delivering remarkable insights into the 73 documentaries that he has made with his team across the world in the last 15 years.

'Over The Rainbow', THE WIZ Among Titles Added to National Recording Registry
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 29, 2017

Judy Garland's 'Over the Rainbow' Barbra Streisand's 'People' and the original cast album of Broadway's THE WIZ are among the 25 titles which will be preserved by the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry for 2016.

BWW TV Exclusive: Broadway Sessions Celebrates Black History Month!
by Ben Cameron - Mar 6, 2017

We all know that February is Black History Month, but did we all take a moment to reflect and celebrate? Well we did just that, Broadway-style, at Sessions on February 23rd. Not only did we invite a starry roster of Broadway's best and brightest to share music representing the influence, importance and impact of African American legacy on Broadway, but we also paid homage to some Broadway trailblazers like Diahann Carroll, Ben Vereen, "Stokes" and more. We even challenged our audience to "name that African American Tony winner," which of course gave us the opportunity to bask in the glorious voices of Melba Moore, Hinton Battle, Heather Headley, Ted Ross, Jennifer Holiday and many more. Check out these amazing performances by Aisha de Haas, Kenita Miller, Daisy Hobbs, Imari Hardon, Zurin Villanueva, Ta'Rea Campbell, Marcus Paul James, Nora Schell, T. Oliver Reid, Charity Angel Dawson and more!

Motown Releases 'Lost' Album 'Diana Ross Sings Songs from THE WIZ' Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2015

Euweb.com reports that a 'lost' album of Diana Ross performing songs from the 1978 big screen adaptation of THE WIZ will be released today, November 27th.

Motown to Release 'Lost' Album 'Diana Ross Sings Songs from THE WIZ', 11/27
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

A 'lost' album of Diana Ross performing songs from the 1978 big screen adaptation of THE WIZ will be released on November 27th.

TV One Announces Its Holiday Programming Highlights
by TV News Desk - Oct 15, 2015

TV One celebrates the holidays with a programming slate of original movies, series and specials focused on love, laughter and lyrics.

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE WIZ Eases On Down Many Magical Roads For 40 Years
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 30, 2015

In acknowledgement of the many exciting news items this week pertaining to THE WIZ, it is the topic of today's tribute.

THE WIZ Screens Tonight at St. Nicholas Park as Part of Harlem Week Festivities
by Movies News Desk - Aug 16, 2014

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the stage play, The Wiz. Join ImageNation, Harlem Week, Harlem Pride and Global Network of Black Pride as they celebrate this cultural milestone with a screening of the celebrated film adaptation of the award-winning play.

Berkeley Playhouse to Wrap Fifth Season with THE WIZ, 7/13-8/25
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2013

Berkeley Playhouse closes its fifth season with the Tony Award-winning musical THE WIZ. Kimberly Dooley(Lucky Duck, Seussical, The Musical, Once On This Island) directs and choreographs this soulful re-imagining of L. Frank Baum's family classicThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz, featuring a cast of 46. THE WIZ plays July 13 through August 25 (Press opening: July 13) at the Julia Morgan Theater in Berkeley. For tickets ($17-60) and more information, the public may visit berkeleyplayhouse.org or call 510-845-8542x351.

Berkeley Playhouse Wraps Fifth Season with THE WIZ, Now thru 8/25
by TV News Desk - Jul 13, 2013

Berkeley Playhouse closes its fifth season with the Tony Award-winning musical THE WIZ. Kimberly Dooley(Lucky Duck, Seussical, The Musical, Once On This Island) directs and choreographs this soulful re-imagining of L. Frank Baum's family classicThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz, featuring a cast of 46. THE WIZ plays today, July 13 through August 25 (Press opening: July 13) at the Julia Morgan Theater in Berkeley.

The Rossano Sportiello Trio Debuts at Cafe Carlyle Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2013

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, has announced that The Rossano Sportiello Trio will debut at the Cafe Carlyle during their two week engagement running tonight, June 11 and June 22. The Trio will be performing their program, The Smiling Piano: A Tribute To The Artistry Of Jazz Piano Icon George Shearing.

Berkeley Playhouse to Wrap Fifth Season with THE WIZ, 7/13-8/25
by TV News Desk - Jun 6, 2013

Berkeley Playhouse closes its fifth season with the Tony Award-winning musical THE WIZ. Kimberly Dooley(Lucky Duck, Seussical, The Musical, Once On This Island) directs and choreographs this soulful re-imagining of L. Frank Baum's family classicThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz, featuring a cast of 46. THE WIZ plays July 13 through August 25 (Press opening: July 13) at the Julia Morgan Theater in Berkeley. For tickets ($17-60) and more information, the public may visit berkeleyplayhouse.org or call 510-845-8542x351.

The Rossano Sportiello Trio to Debut at Cafe Carlyle, 6/11-22
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2013

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, has announced that The Rossano Sportiello Trio will debut at the Cafe Carlyle during their two week engagement running June 11 through June 22. The Trio will be performing their program, The Smiling Piano: A Tribute To The Artistry Of Jazz Piano Icon George Shearing.

THE LITTLE MERMAID Opens in Moscow at the Rossia Theatre, 10/8
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2012

The Moscow production of THE LITTLE MERMAID will open tonight, on the 175th anniversary of the first publication of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. This marks the first musical production to play the newly-renovated ROSSIA Theatre on Pushkin Square, now the largest theatrical venue in Moscow.

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