Casting has been confirmed for The Wiz revival at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre this year.
First opening on Broadway in 1975, The Wiz is a musical retelling of L. Frank Baum’s children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The piece has songs by Charlie Smalls, Timothy Graphenreed, Harold Wheeler, George Faison, Zachary Walzer and Luther Vandross, with a book by William F Brow.
The Wiz cast
The cast will feature Cherelle Wiliams as Dorothy, Tarik Frimpong as Scarecrow, Llewellyn Graham as Tinman, Jonathan Andre as Lion, Cameron Bernard Jones as The Wiz, Anelisa Lamola as Addaperle, Bree Smith as Aunt Em / Glinda, Ashh Blackwood as Evillene and Kofi Dennis as Lord High.
Completing the company are Andile Mabhena, Shayna McPherson, Dylan Gordon-Jones, Samantha Shuma, Marisha Morgan.
The revival is directed by Matthew Xia with musical supervisor and orchestrator Sean Green, musical director Ehsaan Shivarani, choreographer Leah Hill, assistant producer Chuchu Nwagu, with poster photography by Dujonna Gift- Simms and poster design by Christopher D Clegg.
The casting director is Ryan Carter with mentoring by Anne Vosser Casting; design is by Simon Kenny, associate costume design by Maybelle Laye, lighting design by Simisola Majekodunmi and sound design by Tony Gayle.
The show is due to play between 24 November 2021 and 16 January 2022.
Tickets are available to book online from the Hope Mill Theatre website here.