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Stories that are passed down from generations are often given multiple adaptations that spark our imaginations and broaden our perspectives. 'The Wiz' took Dorothy out of Kansas and placed her in New York, where the tornado whirls her to a city with a kaleidoscope of skyscrapers and bridges, and a mixture of rock, gospel, and soul music.
'The Wiz' was published by writer William F. Brown and musically arranged by composer and musical prodigy Charlie Smalls. It premiered on Broadway in 1975 with the original cast featuring: Tiger Haynes, Ted Ross, Hinton Battle, Stephanie Mills, Clarice Taylor, Mabel King, Andre De Shields, Tasha Thomas, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
In 1978 the film version emerged featuring popular celebrities of the time: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Lena Horne, and Richard Pryor.
Tickets may be picked up 30 minutes prior to curtain at the will call
box office. Ensemble has a no late seating policy which is strictly
enforced. Patrons arriving late will not be seated until
intermission. No children under 6. Please notify us immediately of
special requests for wheelchairs or hearing assisted devices.
The Ensemble Theatre
3535 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002