Following its sold-out, critically acclaimed production of ‘Rent’, Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre in  association with Ameena Hamid Productions announces the cast for a radical new version of the 70s  musical The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical “Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. 

Directed by Matthew Xia  The Wiz is a joyous retelling of  L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s novel ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ reflecting contemporary  African-American culture. Its 1975 Broadway premiere production won seven Tony Awards, including  Best Musical. 

Matthew Xia said: “The Wiz is approaching its 50th anniversary, it now exists within the canon of  mainstream musicals and it’s due time for some bold reinvention. Originally a funk and soul-based  analogy for the African-American experience, in 2021 Manchester we’re offering a contemporary take  on the discovery of self-determination and Black joy with this celebration of Black culture across the  African diaspora.” 

The Wiz: The Super Soul  Musical “Wonderful  Wizard of Oz” 

Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls Book by William F. Brown 

Based on The Wizard of Oz  

by L. Frank Baum 

Original Orchestrations  

by Harold Wheeler 

24 November 2021 –  

16 January 2022


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