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The Wiz

The Wiz

January 16–February 11, 20242 hours, 20 minutes, including one intermission
Golden Gate Theatre | 1 Taylor St. San Francisco, CA 94102


The 2023–2024 Season includes six spectacular Broadway musicals at the Orpheum and Golden Gate Theatres: THE WIZ, MJ, FUNNY GIRL, COMPANY, MRS. DOUBTFIRE, and GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY. Guarantee your seats today by becoming a new Member.

Everybody look around! The Tony Award®-winning Best Musical that took the world by storm is back and heading to San Francisco!

THE WIZ returns “home” to stages across America in an all-new Broadway-bound tour, the first one in 40 years. The tour begins in THE WIZ’s original home city of Baltimore, where the show made its world premiere 50 years ago.

This groundbreaking twist on The Wizard of Oz changed the face of Broadway—from its iconic score packed with soul, gospel, rock, and 70s funk to its stirring tale of Dorothy’s journey to find her place in a contemporary world.

The extraordinary cast features five-time Emmy Award®-winner Wayne Brady (“Whose Line is It Anyway,” Kinky Boots) as The Wiz, award-winning recording artist Deborah Cox as Glinda, Melody Betts (The Factotum, Lyric Opera of Chicago) as Aunt Em and Evillene, Kyle Ramar Freeman (A Strange Loop) as Lion, Phillip Johnson Richardson ("Sharper," A24), and recording artist Avery Wilson ("On Top of the World") as Scarecrow. Nichelle Lewis (Hairspray, National Tour) makes a star turn Broadway debut as Dorothy.

Director Schele Williams (The Notebook, revival of Disney’s Aida) and choreographer JaQuel Knight (Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies’, Black is King) conjure an Oz unlike anything seen before. Charlie Smalls’ Tony Award®-winning score features iconic hits “Ease on Down the Road,” “Home,” and Luther Vandross’ “Everybody Rejoice,” with new musical moments from Joseph Joubert (music supervision, orchestrations, & music arrangements), Allen René Louis (vocal arrangements, music arrangements), and an Emerald Ballet composed by Timothy Graphenreed. Tony® and Emmy®-nominated TV host Amber Ruffin (“The Amber Ruffin Show,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers”) pens additional material for William F. Brown ’s trailblazing book.

Oz is reimagined with scenic design by Academy Award ®-winning Hannah Beachler (Black Panther, Beyoncé’s Black is King and Lemonade), costume design by Emmy Award®-winning and two-time Academy Award®-nominated Sharen Davis (Ray, Dreamgirls), lighting design by Barrymore Award-winning Ryan J. O’Gara (Thoughts of a Colored Man), sound design by Jon Weston (Parade), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Motown the Musical), and wig design by Charles LaPointe (MJ the Musical).

The production was also thrilled to welcome Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker, MC Lyte and Common as producers of the musical.

A dynamite infusion of ballet, jazz, and modern pop brings a whole new groove to easing on down the road. So everybody rejoice! An all-new 21st century WIZ is sliding into the Emerald City Of San Francisco. Get your tickets today!

AGES & ADVISORIES: This production uses haze, smoke, and flashing lights. No children under 5 allowed.



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