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Wiz, The musical (1975)

Music & lyrics are written by T. Graphenreed, Z. Walzer, H. Wheeler, G. Faison & L. Vandross. A libretto is done by W. F. Brown. This work paraphrased a famous book by F. Baum in urbanized & modernized ambiance of African-American cultivation. The histrionics was opened in Baltimore in late 1974 & every performer in this piece was dark-skinned.

In 1975, the Broadway histrionics won 7 Tonies, one was for superior play. This spectacular had been amongst 1st examples, where all actors had a dark color of their skin. The play received numerous productions in NY, Europe & Holland. As of 2016, it is running in the USA.
In 1978, viewers might behold a big-screen variant of it titled the same, directed by S. Lumet. Since then, this piece became a cult thing. Diana Ross was amongst leading actors of the film. The motion picture also was presenting Michael Jackson on the screen (as the Jackstraw).

The original idea came to producer K. Harper. Premiere was preceded by a successful advertising campaign, in which the audience well remembered the song ‘Ease On Down the Road’, later becoming a hit. It was even recorded & released as a separate single.

Along with Purlie of 1971 & Raisin of 1974, this theatrical became the largest project involving only black actors. Show has prepared the ground for future African American musicals, which frequently became hits.
Release date: 1975
Last Update:July, 29th 2016

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