Free Show - THE WIZ: A Celebration in Dance and Music
George Faison, Damien L. Sneed and more
The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance & Music
ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS
DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER
INAYA DAY and more
Central Park, Manhattan
Wednesday, August 12
Doors at 7pm - FREE
The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music: Choreographer Website
Tonight's performance, choreographed by the Tony Award-winner George Faison with musical direction by Damien L. Sneed, will feature co-host / emcee Tony Award-winner (and Munchkin from the original Broadway run!) Phylicia Rashad; André De Shields (reprising his role as The Wiz); Tony Award-Winner for the role of Glinda, Dee Dee Bridgewater; Ebony Jo-Ann in the role of Addaperle; singer/songwriter Wallace Gary as The Scarecrow; Inaya Day as Dorothy plus more TBA.
George Faison, internationally celebrated producer, writer, composer, director, choreographer and dancer, made history in 1975 when he became the first African American to win a Tony Award for Best Choreography for The Wiz. In honor of the Broadway hit's 40th anniversary this year, Faison will present performances of original songs and dances from the show. Mr. Faison also heads the Faison Firehouse Theater in Central Harlem, which he founded in 2000 along with Tad Schnugg.The Firehouse is a technologically advanced theater where Mr. Faison develops digital applications for the performing arts as well as original theater pieces. The 130-seat theater, branded "Hollywood of Harlem" by the media, is a full service performing arts and cultural center with fine arts galleries, rehearsal facilities and a cabaret theater.
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