EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD AND SEE "THE WIZ" AUG. 6-11 AT THE WELLS FARGO PAVILION IN SACRAMENTO.
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
The 2019 season continues with the Broadway At Music Circus premiere of “The Wiz,” a multiple Tony Award-winning Best Musical retelling of L. Frank Baum’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” running Aug. 6 through Aug. 11 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion in Sacramento.
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“The Wiz” follows Kansas farm girl Dorothy on her fantastical journey through the magical land of Oz. The dazzling score by Charlie Smalls, which mixes rock, gospel, pop and R&B, and features the hit “Ease On Down the Road,” will have audiences jumping to their feet and dancing in the aisles. This family-friendly, timeless tale reminds us there really is “no place like home.”
Specially priced tickets for kids ages 4 – 12 start at $40.
Playing Dorothy in “The Wiz” is Adrianna Hicks, who appeared on Broadway in the recent revival of “The Color Purple” and in Disney’s “Aladdin,” as well as touring as Celie in the first national tour of “The Color Purple,” internationally with “Sister Act” and “Dirty Dancing” and as a backup singer for the Michael Bublé “Call Me Irresponsible Tour.”
Kevin Smith Kirkwood, who appeared on Broadway in “Kinky Boots” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” returns to Broadway At Music Circus in the role of Scarecrow, having last performed the role of Sebastian in “The Little Mermaid,” Tinman will be played by James T. Lane, whose Broadway credits include: “Kiss Me, Kate,” “King Kong,” “The Scottsboro Boys,” “Chicago” and “A Chorus Line.”
Recently on Broadway as Tonton Julian in the revival of “Once On This Island” and as the Boatman/Lee in “Sunday in the Park with George,” and nominated for a Tony Award for his role in The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess,” Phillip Boykin will play Lion, adding to his Broadway At Music Circus appearances as Jim in “Big River” and Joe in “Show Boat.” If you haven’t seen Boykin perform before well, you’re in for a real treat.
Terry Burrell, who played Medda Larkin in last summer’s “Newsies,” will return as Addaperle; her Broadway credits include “Threepenny Opera,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Into the Woods” and “Dreamgirls.” Playing The Wiz is Alan Mingo, Jr., who has recently appeared on TV in “Doom Patrol,” and “Ray Donovan,” on Broadway as Lola in “Kinky Boots,” Sebastian in “The Little Mermaid” and Tom Collins in “Rent,” and last appeared at Broadway At Music Circus as Albin in “La Cage aux Folles" along with playing Celie in the original Broadway production and first national tour of “The Color Purple.”
Zonya Love appeared as Crystal in last summer’s “Little Shop of Horrors” and Deloris in the 2017 Broadway At Music Circus production of “Sister Act,” and will return for the role of Evillene.
Appearing as Glinda and Aunt Em is Christina Acosta Robinson, who was recently seen on Broadway in “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” and has appeared with The Guthrie Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage and Oregon Shakespeare Festival in “The Unfortunates” and “My Fair Lady.”
The cast for “The Wiz” also includes: Nathaniel Burich, Randy Castillo, Chadaé, Tamrin Goldberg, Jeff Gorti, Jordan Fife Hunt, Francis Lawrence, NaTonia Monét, Linda Neel, Alfie Parker, Jr., Allie Pizzo, Adam Rogers, Karilyn Ashley Surratt and Michelle West.
The Director for “The Wiz” is Glenn Casale; Choreographer is Gerry McIntyre; Music Director is Darryl Archibald.
Broadway At Music Circus is produced under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director/COO Scott Klier and Artistic Consultant Glenn Casale. Broadway Sacramento President/CEO is Richard Lewis.
Tickets for The Wiz start at $45, and are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at BroadwaySacramento.com, or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street in Sacramento.
Specially priced tickets for kids ages 4–12 start at $40. Evening performances are Tuesday through Saturday, Aug. 6 – 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Matinee performances are Thursday, Aug. 8 and Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 11 at 3:00 p.m.
For more information, visit BroadwaySacramento.com.
Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from the Sacramento Music Circus publicity.