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The Wiz is Back on Broadway and Coming to California

The Wiz is Back on Broadway and Coming to California

The game-changing Broadway production "The Wiz" is coming back for the first time in decades. Here's where to see it in California. Team


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December 28, 2023

After a (too) lengthy hiatus, "The Wiz" will be captivating audiences once more, embarking on a Broadway-bound tour that marks its first in four decades. This revival is a homecoming to the stages across America, echoing its historical debut in Baltimore 50 years ago. For California's theater enthusiasts, the Golden State plays host to this iconic show, with performances scheduled in San Jose, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Performances will kick off at the San Jose Civic Theater from January 9 to 14. The journey continues at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre, running from January 17 to February 11, 2024. Following this, the show will grace the stage of the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles from February 13 to March 3, 2024. These dates mark a unique opportunity for Californians to witness a piece of Broadway history.

"The Wiz" is renowned for its innovative retelling of L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz." This production transformed Broadway with its vibrant score, blending soul, gospel, rock, and 70s funk, creating an unforgettable auditory experience. The narrative follows Dorothy's quest to find her place in a contemporary world, resonating with audiences across generations.

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Memorable tracks like “Ease on Down the Road,” the show's breakout single, and “Home,” a bona fide classic, are set to captivate audiences in a new generation. 

The current tour will showcase of stellar talent. Nichelle Lewis leads the cast as Dorothy, bringing a fresh perspective to the beloved character. Alan Mingo Jr. dons the role of The Wiz. Their performances are augmented by the talents of Deborah Cox, Melody Betts, Avery Wilson, and a host of other Broadway luminaries. This ensemble promises to deliver a show that's as dynamic and spirited as the original.

Live theater can be a truly enchanting experience.

What makes "The Wiz" particularly remarkable is its impact on Broadway and popular culture. Its groundbreaking approach to storytelling, bold casting of Black actors, and music not only changed the face of Broadway but also offered a new lens through which to view familiar narratives. The show's interpretation of Dorothy’s journey is not just about finding one's way back home but also about discovering one's identity and place in the world.

So, mark your calendars and prepare to ease on down the road to a world of enchantment and soul. "The Wiz" is not just a musical; it's a cultural phenomenon that continues to inspire and captivate. California, get ready – the magic of Broadway is coming to your doorstep.

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