• The WIZ
     
     

    The Production

    “YA’LL GOT IT”: STAR TURNS IN THE WIZ


     
     
    Since the original Broadway production, producers have sought high profile jazz and pop singers to lend both their star power to their casts and their voices to the musical’s powerful score. Here are just a few “names” who have featured their talents in The Wiz—on stage, screen and now TV—over the last 40 years.

    ON STAGE


    Stephanie Mills Stephanie Mills (Dorothy)
    Broadway, 1975
     
     Dee Dee Bridgewater Dee Dee Bridgewater (Glinda)
    Broadway, 1975
     

    Ashanti
    Ashanti (Dorothy)
    City Center Encores! Summer Stars Series, 2009
     

    ON FILM


     
    The Wiz, Universal, 1979

    Diana Ross
    Diana Ross (Dorothy)
     

    Michael Jackson Michael Jackson (Scarecrow)
     

    Lena Horne
    Lena Horne (Glinda)
     

    ON TV


     
    The Wiz Live!, NBC, 2016

    Mary J. Blige Mary J. Blige (Evillene)

    Queen Latifah Queen Latifah (The Wiz)

    NeYo Ne-Yo (Tin Man)


    WATCH


     
    Passing the Torch
     
     
    Shanice Williams of The Wiz Live! describes what it was like when Stephanie Mills (the original Dorothy) passed the torch to her.