by Jill P
Motown will meet the yellow brick road in the Tony Award-winning musical THE WIZ, being produced by the WMU Department of Theatre April 7-22.
The Wiz is an urbanized retelling of the classic 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the context of modern African-American culture. It follows Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy as she is taken away to the fantasy world of Oz. After accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East, Dorothy goes on a quest to find the wizard along with her troubled friends, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. All seeking the guidance of the Wiz, the quartet follows the yellow brick road to find what they are looking for.
…rash and big-hearted as our own times demand -Time
The production team is preparing for a party in Oz and is staging it in the round, putting audiences in the center of it all. Director, Jay Berkow comments: “The Wiz is a wonderful time for people of all ages – especially us! The rehearsal process has been playful, intense and nothing short of amazing. The musical numbers are truly timeless and the show holds up as a beacon of inclusion and love. Our production promises to be a feast for the eyes and ears with stunning choreography and costumes and an amazingly realized fantasy transformation of the D. Terry Williams Theatre.”
Performances of The Wiz will be held April 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 pm and April 9 at 2:00 pm in Shaw Theatre located inside of the Gilmore Theatre Complex on Western Michigan University’s campus.
Tickets for University Theatre productions can be purchased online at www.wmutheatre.com, by calling (269) 387-6222 or by visiting the Box Office between 12 pm and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Admission for the general public is $20, $18 for seniors and WMU faculty/staff, $10 for students and $6 for WMU students. The box office at Miller Auditorium also sells tickets to University Theatre productions. Additional information is available online at www.wmutheatre.com.
This production is best suited for patrons age 8 and up.
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