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Meet the cast of The Wiz!

By: Near West Theatre | Jan 25, 2017
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The Wiz is a sassy and soulful counterpart to its classic predecessors. In stark contrast to the pastoral, rural Kansas of traditional adaptations, this version of L. Frank Baum’s timeless coming-of-age tale is set in a severely realistic urban environment rooted in modern African-American culture, and infused with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel, and soul. Dubbed “The Super Soul Musical,” this large-scale, big-budget production was a breakthrough for Broadway in 1975, featuring an all-black cast and winning 7 Tonys including Best Musical. It was subsequently adapted into a film version in 1978 featuring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, and more recently produced as part of NBC’s Live Musical series.

 Director Kelcie Nicole Dugger has imagined a mysterious, opulent and fantastical production of this groundbreaking Broadway show, featuring a large, multi-racial youth cast ages 9-15 who bring Oz to life in a funky sing-along journey down the yellow brick road. “Almost everyone knows the story ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” says Dugger, “but there’s so much more to it than ‘There’s No Place Like Home.’ These four friends aren’t just seeking home, a brain, a heart, and some courage; they are really all on a quest to become whole people. They’re searching for the missing pieces that will make them, and their lives, complete.” In this way, The Wiz delves deeper into the heart of the iconic story, highlighting Dorothy’s mature realization that her journey has taught her that all she needs to do to find her true Home is to look inside her own heart.

Meet the cast who’ll be rehearsing for the next 3 weeks to bring you this amazing show!

Cast, in alphabetical order: Felix Albino (Tin Man), Livia Begue, Isabella Capuano, Kiley Check, Josh Davis, Adelisa DeJesus, Zoe Douglas (Aunt Em/Glinda), Raya Ervin, Micah Evans, Nadia Evans, Connor Fields (Scarecrow), Giles Foster, Drew Gibson, Julia Gutia, Jouvert Guy-James, Zoe Hess, Ellie Hill, Hannah Horton, Rielle Hubbard, Ronald Hubbard, Sophie Hull, Angellise Irizarry, Moriyah Faith Jackson, Zeakia Jordon (Dorothy), CJ Jorgensen, Nate Jorgensen (Lion), Jack Lange, Connor Marrott, Jackson Marshall, Ian McLaughlin, Chloe Mihelich, Joshua Mink, Brett Nicholette, Ella Nosse, Sophie O’Leary, Finn O’Malia, Rachel Ploenzke, Ellie Ritterbusch, Shadarria Robinson, Kayla Slater (Addaperle), Natalie Surdy, Cole Tarantowski (The Wiz), Tannayia Thomas, Tyler Thompson, Dashiell Tidrick, Anna Van Farowe, Kyanie Vazquez, Calista Zajac (Evillene)

The Wiz opens Friday February 10 and tickets are on sale now!

Give our box office a call at 216-961-6931, open from 11am-4pm, Monday-Friday. Or you can purchase online 24/7 by clicking here.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under and are first come first serve seating.
There are also our $25 Star Seat tickets. Star Seat patrons receive a reserved seat in a row of their choice.
And it’s not too late to purchase your Star Seat FlexPass for our 2016-2017 Season! For more info on our NEW FlexPass click here.

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