The Wiz was created primarily by four men, who made extraordinary contributions that brought its success:

Ken Harper (Producer)
the neophyte producer who had the idea

Charlie Smalls (Composer/Lyricist)
the composer that brought a unique sound

William F. Brown (Libretto)
the writer who adapted the iconic American story and gave the show its flavor

Geoffrey Holder (Direction/Costumes)
the director and designer who replaced the original director Gilbert Moses III

Author Credits

Book ...
  • William F. Brown
  • Sam Bobrick (uncredited)
based on novel ...
  • L. Frank Baum
Music/Lyrics ...
  • Charlie Smalls
Music (additional) ...
  • George Faison
  • Timothy Graphenreed
  • Luther Vandross