The Wiz is based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum, and is one of Broadway's most popular contemporary musicals. This brand new version, set in the present, is a multi-cultural journey that follows this well-known and beloved story of courage, brains, heart and home, through a fusion of multi-media special effects and brand new orchestrations that will incorporate contemporary musical idioms.
The Wiz originally opened on Broadway in January of 1975 and ran through January 1979. It won 7 Tony Awards including Best musical and Best Score. The movie of The Wiz starred Diana Ross and featured Michael Jackson. The movie was also nominated for 4 Academy Awards.