Feb 13, 2023 | BroadwayWorld.com
Fulton Theatre announces casting for their upcoming production of The Wiz. Leading the company is Jaden Dominique as Dorothy, Paris Bennett (American Idol Season 5) as Addaperle/Evillene, and Dequina Moore (original Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors, Chiffon; Legally Blonde, Pilar) as Aunt Em/Glinda. Nationally renowned actor and director E Faye Butler will direct the production alongside award-winning choreographer, Kenny Ingram (EmojiLand).
The Wiz has been delighting audiences for almost 50 years with its story of courage and hope. Based on L. Frank Baum's classic children's story The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, written by Charlie Smalls and William F. Brown, re-tells the story through the lens of African-American culture, jazz music, and the sounds and styles of the 1970s. Dorothy Gale, a young black girl from Kansas, dreams of adventure away from life on the farm. When a tornado hits her home, she is transported to the Land of Oz-a magical land where anything seems possible. Throughout her journey with her sweet pup Toto, she meets the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Lion. They decide to travel to the Emerald City to meet The Wiz and ask for his help. Along the way, they meet Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North, Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the Good Witch of the South.