Off to See the Wiz: The Rep Adds a Heel-Clickin' Favorite to Its Lineup
Based on the book by William F. Brown, “The Wiz” is a story of courage, brains, heart and home that will delight the entire family, and it’s one of the most entertaining musical scores (music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls) ever composed. The story became a Broadway sensation in 1975 and later a hit Hollywood movie in 1978 starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, and has won seven Tony Awards, including one for “Best Musical.”
“‘The Wiz’ is its own unique journey told through the great tradition of African-American story-telling, with a score that includes R&B, Soul and Blues music,” said Director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj. “‘The Wiz’ is a treat for all who love musicals — it’ll warm your heart and soul.”
The show is a vibrant fusion of ’70s rock and Motown melodies, brought to central Arkansas by The Rep. Maharaj said families will especially love the message within the show's story. “It’s one of the greatest fables about the power of the human spirit to triumph.”
Stars of the Show
Maharaj, who directed last season’s “Raisin in the Sun” for The Rep, is back in the director’s chair, and her cast is packed with talent. Sinclair Mitchell, who's starred in touring productions of the “The Lion King” and "The Producers," will play “The Wiz.” Carla Stewart, “Dorothy,” has starred in productions of “Grease" and “Rent," among others. Also, Maurice Murphy will play the role of “The Tin Man."
The Rep’s “Pay What You Can Night” will be at 7 p.m. March 7. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main St. the day of the performance.
Preview performances are at 7 p.m. March 7 and March 8 and include a pre-show discussion at 6:15 p.m. with Director Maharaj and Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp.
The opening night performance is at 8 p.m. March 9, and will include a post-show reception with the cast. Complimentary champagne and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
- Dates: March 9-April 1
- Showtimes: 7 p.m. Wednesdays/Thursdays 8 p.m. Fridays/Saturdays 2 & 7 p.m. Sundays
- Tickets: $25-$50 for advance tickets (purchase by March 9); and $30-60 regular tickets
- Info: TheRep.org