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Original Broadway Production (1975)


Company

The Wiz opened at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway on January 5, 1975 (it had been previewing since December 24). The production ran until January 28, 1979, playing 1,672 performances. When the Majestic was given to another show, The Wiz transferred to the Broadway Theatre on May 25, 1977.

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Production Staff

Producer ...
  • Ken Harper
  • Geoffrey Holder
Choreography ...
  • George Faison
Settings ...
  • Tom H. John
Costumes ...
  • Geoffrey Holder
Lighting ...
  • Tharon Musser
Sound ...
  • Richard J.C. Miller
Musical Director ...
  • Charles H. Coleman
Orchestrations ...
  • Harold Wheeler
Dance Arrangements ...
  • Timothy Graphenreed
Vocal Arrangements ...
  • Charles H. Coleman
Music Coordinator ...
  • Earl Shendell
Wardrobe Supervisor ...
  • Yvonne Stoney
Assistant to Choreographer/Dance Captain ...
  • John Parks
Wigs ...
  • Stanley James
General Manager ...
  • Emanuel Azenberg
  • Eugene V. Wolsk
Manager ...
  • Jose Vega
Company Manager ...
  • Susan Bell
Press ...
  • Merlin Group
  • Sandra Manley
  • Elizabeth Rodman

Original Cast

Aunt Em ...
  • Tasha Thomas
Toto ...
  • Nancy
Dorothy ...
  • Stephanie Mills
  • Ralph Wilcox
Tornado ...
  • Evelyn Thomas
  • Phylicia Ayers-Allen
  • Pi Douglass
  • Joni Palmer
  • Andy Torres
  • Carl Weaver
  • Clarice Taylor
  • Ronald Dunham
  • Eugene Little
  • John Parks
  • Kenneth Scott
  • Hinton Battle
Crow ...
  • Wendy Edmead
  • Frances Morgan
  • Ralph Wilcox
Tinman ...
  • Tiger Haynes
Lion ...
  • Ted Ross
  • Phillip Bond
  • Pi Douglass
  • Rodney Green
  • Evelyn Thomas
  • Andy Torres
Poppies ...
  • Lettie Battle
  • Leslie Butler
  • Eleanor McCoy
  • Frances Morgan
  • Joni Palmer
  • Phylicia Ayers-Allen
  • Pi Douglass
  • Carl Weaver
  • Ralph Wilcox
  • Danny Beard
The Wiz ...
  • André De Shields
  • Mabel King
  • Ralph Wilcox
  • Carl Weaver
  • Andy Torres
Glinda ...
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • Lettie Battle
  • Leslie Butler
  • Wendy Edmead
  • Eleanor McCoy
  • Frances Morgan
  • Joni Palmer
  • Evelyn Thomas
  • Phillip Bond
  • Ronald Dunham
  • Rodney Green
  • Eugene Little
  • John Parks
  • Kenneth Scott
  • Andy Torres
  • Frank Floyd
  • Sam Harkness
  • Jozella Reed
  • Tasha Thomas

Understudies

Dorothy ...
  • Arnetia Walker
Addaperle ...
  • Jozella Reed
  • Butterfly McQueen
Tinman ...
  • Ralph Wilcox
Scarecrow ...
  • Pi Douglass
Evillene ...
  • Tasha Thomas
Aunt Em ...
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater
Glinda ...
  • Phylicia Ayers-Allen
Swings ...
  • Cynthia Ashby
  • Otis Sallid

Other Replacements

General Chorus ...
  • Deborah Lynn Bridges
  • Howard Porter
  • Charles Lavont Williams
  • Anthony Lawrence
  • Gayle Turner
  • Allison Williams
  • Dwight Leon
  • Siri Sat Nam Singh
  • Debbie Fitts
  • Alvin Davis
  • Stanley Dalton
  • Robert Pittman
  • Eartha Robinson
  • Aaron Leavy