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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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3.0 star rating Valerie Mikell from New York, New York

THE WIZ

The Wiz was good but the location it was shown at was hot. Air was not working properly. This is unacceptable. I traveled from Houston to New York just to see… did not plan to be hot fanning while I was watching

2.0 star rating LaLa from Charlotte, North Carolina

THE WIZARD OF OZ

I had very high expectations for the WIZ. I grew up loving the movie! I was very disappointed with the performance. It was more like the Wizard of Oz then the Wiz. They show only stuck with the songs from the WIZ. The Wiz (movie) was magical and this production did not deliver the magic for me. Dorothy was from NY not Kansas. So many things was just off. I was greatly disappointed.

2.0 star rating Kiki from Atlanta, Georgia

WTH??

This production was ratchet at best. All the people that are saying the show is excellent is either kin to the cast or never saw the original 1978 classic. I should have listened to the not so great reviews. Anyone that is a fan favorite of the Wiz movie with Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell and Lena Horne will be severely disappointed. Toto was missing in action, male characters did way too much twerking, the set itself left a lot to be desired, the humor they tried to throw in was lackluster at best. Nice try but please try again. Deborah Cox and the Tin Man were my favorites but there was still much to be desired. It wasn’t their fault, the script was rushed and it felt like it was written in a day. Dorothy was cute but nothing like Stephanie Mills or Diana Ross. She didn’t have the vocal range but she gave it her best shot. The singing of Home was probably my worse part of the show and that is the best part in the movie. P.S. In the Wiz movie, Dorothy is from NY not KS.

2.0 star rating Sheri from San Diego, California

SKIP

Sets had vibrant colors, decent dancing. Sound system was awful and both os us agreed it was difficult understanding most lyrics. I felt like a lemming having to pass thru security and have my handbag searched. No one in security provided a plausible explanation. Not again. The Globe Theatre did not have a massive security for Cabernet last October. Bye bye to Civic Theater.

2.0 star rating Aglaia Davis from New York, New York

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT

I was SO excited to see this show because I love it so much. My mother directed it at a small college in Texas, and it was so good that I watched it 3 times. From the beginning, I knew this was nothing like my mother’s performance. Dorothy is cute, and has the talent, but her voice is oddly hard to listen to. An actor in the audience told someone near us that he was not happy with her singing entirely. I couldn’t understand any word she said. I absolutely found the scarecrow and look ANNOYING characters who were not funny or endearing. There were cheap “easy” laugh lines by them acting flamboyant. The second act with the Wiz was almost worth it. Wayne Brady was fun. But other than NO BAD NEWS and EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD, the music was barely tolerable. It went on too long and wasn’t pleasing. We were relieved when it was finally over. I’d never see it again with this production. I’d never recommend it unless someone wants a cheesy and showy musical that gets pretty cheap laughs and has mediocre music.

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