The Wiz Houston Tickets
The Wiz Houston tour dates
The Wiz, a hilarious and entertaining musical spin-off of The Wizard of Oz, is a family-friendly opportunity that you don't want to miss. This musical re-interprets the classic tale through African-American culture and music. Older audience members will reminisce, and the next generation will experience the musical culture of the '70s. Get The Wiz tickets for a Houston showing today from StubHub.
The Wiz background
The full name of the show is The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical "Wonderful Wizard of Oz". This expanded title perfectly encapsulates the entire premise. The script was written by William F. Brown, and the music and lyrics were composed by Charlie Smalls.
Theatergoers will recognize the familiar plot. After a tornado strikes her Kansas homestead, Dorothy finds herself swept away to the Land of Oz where she must contend with the Wicked Witch of the West and the Winkies as she follows the Yellow Brick Road to meet the Wizard in the Emerald City. Along the way, she finds support in the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow. Eventually, they learn to overcome their weaknesses and find their inner strengths.
The Wiz performance highlights
The most unique aspect of The Wiz is the soul music. The first production was in 1974 at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore, a city boasting a rich African-American cultural scene. Its resounding success led to its Broadway opening the following year at the Majestic Theatre. Some of the fan favorites include the songs "Ease on Down the Road" and "Everybody Rejoice," which bear a striking similarity to contemporary gospel music. The Broadway musical was later adapted into a film and a live NBC production.
The Wiz critical acclaim
The original production of The Wiz was lauded for its spirited re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz. The Broadway version won several Tony Awards, including honors for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography and Best Costume Design. In addition, the National Recording Registry selected the first cast album recording of The Wiz for preservation, citing its historical, cultural and artistic significance.
Similar to The Wiz
If you've already snagged your tickets for The Wiz in Houston, you might also enjoy the local tour stop of Beauty and the Beast. Like The Wiz, this production plays at Sarofim Hall at The Hobby Center.