The Wiz
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book by William F. Brown, music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Directed by Dawn M. Simmons
Music direction by Allyssa Jones
Choreography by Jean Appolon

Season Sponsored by Lee & Diana Humphrey and Bank of America
Production co-sponsored by Tim & Linda Holiner and Kathy & Ernie Herrman
Director Dawn M. Simmons sponsored by Richard & Sally Zeckhauser
Music Director Allyssa Jones sponsored by Jo-An Heileman
Costume Designer Amber Voner sponsored by Ruth Rotundo Whitney

Please note that this production uses water-based fog and dynamic flashing light effects.

Runtime is approximately two hours and fifteen minutes, including one intermission.
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Summary

A soulful retelling of L. Frank Baum’s beloved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Wiz combines fairy-tale glamour with street smarts to make a classic fantasy sparkle for today. And our directors and choreographer will bring a bit of New Orleans Creole magic to this production! Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, The Wiz ingeniously mixes rock, gospel, soul, and jazz, and features hits like “Ease on Down the Road,” “A Brand New Day,” and “Home.”

Winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical

“Radiates so much energy you can hardly sit in your seat!” — NY Post

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Tales of hope and pursuit of life in America —The Boston Globe

Jean Appolon was a preschooler in Haiti when he first saw African-American dancers on TV and asked for dance lessons. “My dad was mad,” he says. Today, Appolon is a prominent dance teacher and choreographer. In a recent review of “The Wiz,” currently at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Globe theater critic Don Aucoin praised the “buoyantly propulsive choreography” by Appolon.
2018-08-06T10:33:39+00:00
Jean Appolon was a preschooler in Haiti when he first saw African-American dancers on TV and asked for dance lessons. “My dad was mad,” he says. Today, Appolon is a prominent dance teacher and choreographer. In a recent review of “The Wiz,” currently at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Globe theater critic Don Aucoin praised the “buoyantly propulsive choreography” by Appolon.

The Lyric Stage Gives ‘The Wiz’ Some New Orleans Soul —WBUR’s The ARTery

Director Dawn M. Simmons doesn’t just transport us to the magical land of Oz with her rendition of William F. Brown and Charlie Smalls’ contemporary classic "The Wiz." She whisks the play itself into a still more magical realm, giving us a New Orleans riff on the show, delivering a Creole-infused, Zydeco-tinged fun fair of a production.
2018-08-06T10:34:14+00:00
Director Dawn M. Simmons doesn’t just transport us to the magical land of Oz with her rendition of William F. Brown and Charlie Smalls’ contemporary classic "The Wiz." She whisks the play itself into a still more magical realm, giving us a New Orleans riff on the show, delivering a Creole-infused, Zydeco-tinged fun fair of a production.

Lyric’s “Wiz”: Everything’s Up-to-Date in Emerald City —South Shore Critic

This is almost certainly the best Wiz you'll ever see, and way more fun than a barrel full of funky monkeys.
2018-08-06T10:34:43+00:00
This is almost certainly the best Wiz you'll ever see, and way more fun than a barrel full of funky monkeys.

THROUGH JULY 1 : THE WIZ —Susan Mulford

New to the stage, Salome Smith, as Dorothy produced strong vocals, while Carolyn Saxon* and Yewande Odetoyinbo* as the good witch & Aunt Em and the bad witch & Addaperle respectively, produced some truly powerful renditions of their songs. Elle Borders* as the Scarecrow, and Steven Martin as the Tin Man were adorable but Brandon G. Greene* as the Lion, truly won the audience's heart with his humorous antics and great vocals.
2018-08-06T10:36:21+00:00
New to the stage, Salome Smith, as Dorothy produced strong vocals, while Carolyn Saxon* and Yewande Odetoyinbo* as the good witch & Aunt Em and the bad witch & Addaperle respectively, produced some truly powerful renditions of their songs. Elle Borders* as the Scarecrow, and Steven Martin as the Tin Man were adorable but Brandon G. Greene* as the Lion, truly won the audience's heart with his humorous antics and great vocals.

Lyric’s ‘The Wiz’ heads to Oz via New Orleans —Wicked Local

The ensemble and the leads energetically perform the funky choreography by Jean Appolon, which is nothing short of spectacular and keeps the action moving briskly over the two hours.

The action is well-anchored by star Salome Smith as the 16-year-old Dorothy, who displays impressive vocal chops in all her numbers.
2018-08-06T10:36:55+00:00
The ensemble and the leads energetically perform the funky choreography by Jean Appolon, which is nothing short of spectacular and keeps the action moving briskly over the two hours. The action is well-anchored by star Salome Smith as the 16-year-old Dorothy, who displays impressive vocal chops in all her numbers.

An exuberant journey down the yellow brick road in ‘The Wiz’ —The Boston Globe

It’s a rousing and exuberant production that delivers a dose of irreverent fun — some of it at the expense of its fabled progenitor — while tapping into the qualities that have given “The Wiz’’ itself an enduring appeal.

As performed on Baron E. Pugh’s two-tier set by a peppy eight-piece band led by music director Allyssa Jones, the score by Charlie Smalls is a treat, from well-known toe-tappers like “Ease on Down the Road’’ to quiet gems like “The Feeling We Once Had,’’ gloriously sung by Carolyn Saxon as Aunt Em. Reappearing near the end of the show, this time portraying Glinda, Saxon again induces shivers with performances of “A Rested Body Is a Rested Mind’’ and “Believe in Yourself.’’ Salome Smith, one of several graduates of Boston Conservatory at Berklee in the cast, is charming as Dorothy, and seemed to grow in confidence as the performance went on.
2018-08-06T10:37:30+00:00
It’s a rousing and exuberant production that delivers a dose of irreverent fun — some of it at the expense of its fabled progenitor — while tapping into the qualities that have given “The Wiz’’ itself an enduring appeal. As performed on Baron E. Pugh’s two-tier set by a peppy eight-piece band led by music director Allyssa Jones, the score by Charlie Smalls is a treat, from well-known toe-tappers like “Ease on Down the Road’’ to quiet gems like “The Feeling We Once Had,’’ gloriously sung by Carolyn Saxon as Aunt Em. Reappearing near the end of the show, this time portraying Glinda, Saxon again induces shivers with performances of “A Rested Body Is a Rested Mind’’ and “Believe in Yourself.’’ Salome Smith, one of several graduates of Boston Conservatory at Berklee in the cast, is charming as Dorothy, and seemed to grow in confidence as the performance went on.

Lyric’s ‘The Wiz’ Wows —The Theater Mirror

Dawn M. Simmons directs an emotionally charged and energetic production, chockful of astounding musical talent. The opening number, “The Feeling We Once had”, affectively sung by Saxon, sets the tone for the rest of the show, which deals with the way we treat our relationships. That’s the beauty of “The Wiz”: the unrepentant get their just desserts, as do the kind and gracious. Jean Appolon’s exciting choreography heightens the action, beginning with the Tornado ballet, where four talented ensemble members depict a storm, aided by Jen Rock’s dramatic lighting design. Fluorescent yellow tubing, held by the same ensemble, creatively signify the yellow brick road. Amber Voner’s bright and quirky costumes are remarkable, from the snakeskin suit of the Wiz to the bone-brimmed hat of bad witch Evilene’s head flunky.
2018-08-06T10:38:02+00:00
Dawn M. Simmons directs an emotionally charged and energetic production, chockful of astounding musical talent. The opening number, “The Feeling We Once had”, affectively sung by Saxon, sets the tone for the rest of the show, which deals with the way we treat our relationships. That’s the beauty of “The Wiz”: the unrepentant get their just desserts, as do the kind and gracious. Jean Appolon’s exciting choreography heightens the action, beginning with the Tornado ballet, where four talented ensemble members depict a storm, aided by Jen Rock’s dramatic lighting design. Fluorescent yellow tubing, held by the same ensemble, creatively signify the yellow brick road. Amber Voner’s bright and quirky costumes are remarkable, from the snakeskin suit of the Wiz to the bone-brimmed hat of bad witch Evilene’s head flunky.

So you want to see the wizard: Lyric Stage’s ‘The Wiz’ as important as ever —The Bay State Banner

Lyric Stage Company ends its season with a bang, presenting “The Wiz” through June 24. The energetic performance, featuring an all-black cast, retells L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” through the lens of modern African American culture.
2018-08-06T10:38:43+00:00
Lyric Stage Company ends its season with a bang, presenting “The Wiz” through June 24. The energetic performance, featuring an all-black cast, retells L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” through the lens of modern African American culture.

A Joyful & Important “Wiz” For A Modern-Day Audience —The Rainbow Times

I wouldn’t miss this production. It warms your heart, reveals something about your own understanding and pursuit of self-identity, and just might give you the courage to sing along when the spirit moves you.
2018-08-06T10:39:06+00:00
I wouldn’t miss this production. It warms your heart, reveals something about your own understanding and pursuit of self-identity, and just might give you the courage to sing along when the spirit moves you.

A CLASSIC & A WORLD PREMIERE: “THE WIZ”/ “FALL” —Joyce’s Choices

Director Dawn M. Simmons suddenly kicks this thing into high gear with inventive staging involving all parts of the theater, a rambunctiously choreographed (Juanita Pearl, Dance Captain) ensemble, and a live orchestra that doesn’t miss a beat. Extended by popular demand through July 1— And bring the family: KIDS 18 AND UNDER $20.00 OFF!
2018-08-06T10:39:41+00:00
Director Dawn M. Simmons suddenly kicks this thing into high gear with inventive staging involving all parts of the theater, a rambunctiously choreographed (Juanita Pearl, Dance Captain) ensemble, and a live orchestra that doesn’t miss a beat. Extended by popular demand through July 1— And bring the family: KIDS 18 AND UNDER $20.00 OFF!

The Wiz —Edge Boston

This winning, chamber-scaled "The Wiz" has style to spare. If you have a chance and can get a ticket, catch before it closes on July 1.

Kudos to Carolyn Saxon in the dual roles of Aunt Em and the good witch Glinda, who opens the show with a heartfelt "The Feeling We Once Had' and towards the end offers a goosebump-inducing "Believe," which is topped shortly after with Smith's splendidly sung and heartfelt "Home."

It is, simply, a show that audiences love,. The enthusiasm was palpable at the matinee I attended some weeks back, so much so that word-of-mouth could likely keep it going all summer.
2018-08-06T10:40:13+00:00
This winning, chamber-scaled "The Wiz" has style to spare. If you have a chance and can get a ticket, catch before it closes on July 1. Kudos to Carolyn Saxon in the dual roles of Aunt Em and the good witch Glinda, who opens the show with a heartfelt "The Feeling We Once Had' and towards the end offers a goosebump-inducing "Believe," which is topped shortly after with Smith's splendidly sung and heartfelt "Home." It is, simply, a show that audiences love,. The enthusiasm was palpable at the matinee I attended some weeks back, so much so that word-of-mouth could likely keep it going all summer.

Summer Theater Season Starts Strong —MySouthEnd.com

Salome Smith captures Dorothy's wide-eyed adventurousness as well as her empathy for her fellow Yellow Brick Road travelers. She sings her character's anthem-like "Home" with dramatic build-up. Davron S. Monroe has all of the Wiz's bravado and vulnerability and delivers his signature solo "Believe in Yourself" with great feeling.

Ease on down to the Lyric Stage...this revival of "The Wiz" deserves to be heard.
2018-08-06T10:40:41+00:00
Salome Smith captures Dorothy's wide-eyed adventurousness as well as her empathy for her fellow Yellow Brick Road travelers. She sings her character's anthem-like "Home" with dramatic build-up. Davron S. Monroe has all of the Wiz's bravado and vulnerability and delivers his signature solo "Believe in Yourself" with great feeling. Ease on down to the Lyric Stage...this revival of "The Wiz" deserves to be heard.

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* denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association
** denotes member of United Scenic Artists (USA-Locat 829)
*** denotes member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

May 18 — July 1
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