The Wiz JR.

70 minutes
Taft Theatre

Like an emerald, this precious Broadway gem infuses L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music. The Wiz JR. is a vibrant take on Dorothy’s adventures through the Land of Oz and a fun, family-friendly musical that is considered one of the most popular and creative theatrical adaptations of all time. Packed with iconic songs like “Ease On Down the Road” and “Brand New Day,” this musical includes exciting dance numbers which blend traditional movement from African culture with ballet, jazz, and modern dance! The Wiz originally opened on Broadway, January 5, 1974, a film adaptation, starring Diana Ross, premiered October 24, 1978, and in 2015, NBC presented The Wiz Live!, a live television adaptation of the stage musical starring Shanice Williams as Dorothy Gale.  

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Ages
4+
Grades
K-8
Public Performances
April 2-3 & 8-10, 2022
School Performances
April 5-8 & 11, 2022

Show Times

General Admission Show Times

Date & Time Location
April 2
Saturday - 2:00pm
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April 2
Saturday - 5:00pm
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April 3
Sunday - 2:00pm
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April 8
Friday - 7:00pm
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April 9
Saturday - 11:00am
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April 9
Saturday - 2:00pm
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April 10
Sunday - 2:00pm
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Homeschool Show Times

Date & Time Location
April 11
Monday - 1:00pm
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Credits

THE WIZ Adapted from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” By L. Frank Baum. Book by William F. Brown. Additional Material by Tina Tippit. Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls. Copyright 1975, 1979, 2006, 2010.

This Sixty-Minute Version of THE WIZ JR. was developed by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Deondra Kamau Means, Resident Artist.  

Directed by Zhailon Levingston, straight from Broadway’s Chicken & Biscuits, Hadestown, and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Choreographed by Tislarm Bouie

Show Resources

Study Guides
The Wiz JR.
Show Companion Activity Packet
30 minutes of self-guided, show-related activities with an answer key.
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Podcasts
The Wiz JR. Edition
Audio Footlights 5-minute podcast

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, the nation’s oldest professional theatre for young audiences, invites the young (and young-at-heart) to take a peek behind the scenes. Kyndra Jefferies, who plays Addaperle in the world-premiere of THE WIZ JR., interviews The Wiz, himself (played by Jazz McMullen). He even takes part in our Lightning Round!

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Homeschools

For the Homeschool performance on Monday, April 11 at 1 PM.

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