“The Wiz” is a glorious musical retelling of Frank Baum’s “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” set in the context of African-American culture. With an infectious funky soul score and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, “The Wiz” brought renewed relevance to a timeless classic. The 1975 Broadway production was like nothing Broadway had ever seen, and ultimately won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score.
Dorothy, a restless Kansas farm girl eager to see more of the world, is transported by a tornado to a magical world of Munchkins, witches, and a yellow brick road. On her way to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz, who she believes can help her get back home to Kansas, she encounters the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion – friends who help her battle the Wicked Witch of the West and eventually learn that there really is “no place like home.”
The Wiz is the 2019 production from Arts Collective Theatre’s Community Program. ACT Community is an annual theatre program which provides training and performance opportunities for multi-ethnic artists. It operates to enhance the cultural and artistic awareness of the community by providing productions that illuminate diversity and a broad range of cultural experiences. The 2018 ACT Community production was the Motown classic Dreamgirls, which was a Windsor premier. BizX Magazine said “I cannot recall the last time I left the end of a theatrical performance with so many different emotions. This performance left me breathless – filled with joy, awe, wonderment – and excitement for the future of theatre in Windsor.”