The Wiz is to be revived at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre this Christmas.
The show is due to play between 24 November 2021 and 16 January 2022.
The revival will be directed by Matthew Xia with musical supervisor and orchestrator Sean Green, choreographer Leah Hill, assistant producer Chuchu Nwagu, with poster photography by Dujonna Gift- Simms and poster design by Christopher D Clegg.
Casting is by Anne Vosser Casting in association with Ryan Carter with designer Simon Kenny, associate costume designer Maybelle Laye, lighting designer Simisola Majekodunmi and sound designer Tony Gayle.
Xia said: “I can’t wait to return to Manchester, my former home, to create the all singing all dancing extravaganza that is The Wiz at the exceptional Hope Mill Theatre.
“We’re pulling together an outstanding team including musical supervisor Sean Green and choreographer Leah Hill to reimagine this classic funk, soul (and now afrobeat!) infused story of self-discovery, determination and Black joy. Everybody rejoice!”
You cans sign up for priority access to tickets once they’re released via the Hope Mill Theatre website here.
The Wiz is a musical retelling of L. Frank Baum’s children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
First opening on Broadway in 1975, the piece features music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, Timothy Graphenreed, Harold Wheeler, George Faison, Zachary Walzer and Luther Vandross, with a book by William F Brow