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The Wiz Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (4.0 Stars)

Number of reviews: 26

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5.0 star rating Emerald City from Seattle, Washington

EASE ON DOWN

In our family watching The Wiz with Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Lena Horne & Nipsey Russell was simply a pure joy. So when I was invited to see The Wiz musical I was so excited to listen to all my favorite songs live. The Wiz musical didn’t disappoint. The vocals were powerful from all, including but not limited to The Scarecrow, The Lion, The Tinman, Evillene, Glinda the Good witch, All the witches, and The Wiz all blew me away. However, one had a pair of larger shoes to fill that may have been a little too big for her. The character Dorothy was previously played by Stephanie Mills on Broadway & then played by Diana Ross in the movie version of The Wiz. In The Wiz on 5th Ave Theatre the role of Dorothy deserved to be played by someone who could sing with the same power like The Scarecrow, The Lion & The Tinman or Glinda. And here is where The Wiz simply fell short. Dorothy, while a beautiful vocalist, when singing those big songs like Home left me wanting so much more.

5.0 star rating Adam from Seattle, Washington

ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE

I could not disagree with the last statement of the only other review that currently exists more. The actress who played the role of Dorothy was ABSOLUTELY incredible, by a mile the best vocalist in the show, who gave me chills multiple times throughout the show. Outside of her, the Lion and the Tinman were standouts in the main cast, and Glinda and The Wiz were incredible vocalists as well. The only vocalist that was a disappointment for me was the Scarecrow, but his characterization was excellent. RUN, don't walk, to see this show.

5.0 star rating Patricia Haynes from Renton, Washington

EXCELLENT, OUTSTANDING

Dorothy was outstanding and I have seen the Wiz with Diana Ross and Judy Garland and the show at 5th Ave did them both proud. I took my three grandkids(7yr and 4yr) and they loved it. My 4yr old was a little scared of the "Red Eyes" but she love it all. My 7yr olds said they loved the tinman~ he stole the show for them. All in all the show was "fantastic " thank you!!!

5.0 star rating Mike from Cleveland, Ohio

JUST A GREAT FUN TIME

Everyone could sing beautifully, choreography was top notch and it doesn't play like you expect. There was enough new material to feel fresh but also had classic moments to make you feel comfy. The Principle cast each got moments to shine and shine they did. The Witches particularly were surprisingly good with some pipes!!! Glinda & Evilene can blow. We were roaring and cheering and giving a standing ovation at the end. What a show & so much fun!!

5.0 star rating G. Brown Woodford from Cleveland, Ohio

THE WIZ

I saw the Wiz in Cleveland and it was FANTASTIC. The voices were OUTSTANDING. I was willing to see it again with my son who was in town the week I went to the show but he left early to return to Georgia. While I appreciate the Michael Jackson's version but I am happy to see it was move back to Kansas. The news usually shows people of color in a negative light. This show shows multi talented people in a different and heart warming light. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the joy.

5.0 star rating Nickie Duckett (Baltimore) from Washington, District of Columbia

PURE EXCELLENCE! SUPERB

The show was amazingly. I loved the makeup, the comedy and costumes. The show had a modern day vibe while sticking to the traditional script. Very well directed. I can't wait to see the wiz on Broadway.

5.0 star rating Jayski from Charlotte, North Carolina

EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS.

I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew the original musical, which this is based off (NOT the movie, thank goodness) in the mid 1970's won Tony's and was well received. The Movie was not very good and very different from the original musical. The stage version follows the story as we all really know it. The movie changes the story and location quite a bit and is more of a film showcasing New York City in the 70's. Anyhow, back to this awesome musical I just saw in Charlotte on Nov. 7, 2023. It was immediately announced the part of Dorthy would be the understudy (found out later that Nichelle Lewis was ill, hope to see her in NYC). The show is full of energy, great sets and colors. Loved how they did the contrast in gray from Kansas to Oz and how the tornado was done. The timing and blocking was done quite well. Costumes were amazing. I tried to listen to the movie and TV musical recordings and couldn't get through them BUT the music in person and how it was done at this show had me fully engaged and if they put out a soundtrack, I will be getting it. The orchestra/band was just perfect.

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