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“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.
 
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