Dictionary of the Black Theatre: Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Selected Harlem Theatre

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THE WIZ (Majestic, January 5, 1975, 556 p.). Producer: Ken Harper. Book: William F. Brown. Score: Charlie Smalls. Director: Geoffrey Holder.*

Cast: Stephanie Mills (Dorothy), Hinton Battle (Scarecrow), Tiger Haynes (Tinman), Ted Ross (Lion), Andre De Shields (The Wiz), Mabel King (Evillene), Dee Dee Bridgewater (Glinda), Tasha Thomas (Aunt Em), Ralph Wilcox (Uncle Henry), Evelyn Thomas (Tornado), Clarice Taylor* (Addaperle), Danny Beard (Gatekeeper), Carl Weaver (Soldier Messenger), Andy Torres (Winged Monkey).

Songs: The Feeling We Once Had; He's the Wizard; Soon as I Get Home; I Was Born on the Day Before Yesterday; Ease on Down the Road; Slide Some Oil to Me; Mean Ole Lion; Be a Lion; So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard; To Be Able to Feel; No Bad News; Everybody Rejoice (Luther Vandros); Who Do You Think You Are?; Believe in Yourself; Y'all Got It!; A Rested Body Is a Rested Mind; Home.

The Wiz, a black version of The Wizard of Oz, swept the Tony Awards in 1975. As Best Musical, The Wiz also enjoyed awards for its music ( Charlie Smalls), its direction ( Geoffrey Holder), its choreography ( George Faison), and two of its stars ( Dee Dee Bridgewater and Ted Ross). Although the story is familiar to all via the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, librettist Brown and composer Smalls modernized it and provided Broadway magic to replace the memories of cinematic wizardry.

Despite the success of The Wiz, initial reviews were poor, with a thumbs down from The New York Times. Fortunately, the major backer, Twentieth Century-Fox, gave the show a reprieve as aggressive selling techniques, especially television ads, attempted to win audiences. Word of mouth also contributed to the success of The Wiz, which soon moved into the sellout column. In addition to the several Tony Awards, The Wiz also boosted the careers of stars Stephanie Mills and Andre De Shields, and spawned a popular standard "Ease on Down the Road." Sidney Lumet directed a 1978 film version with Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, and Lena Horne* in a sparkling cameo as Glinda the Good Witch.


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YEAH MAN (Park Lane, May 26, 1932, 4 p.). Producers: Walter Campbell and Jesse Wank. Book: Leigh Whipper* and Billy Mills. Composers and lyricists: Al Wilson, Charles Weinberg, and Ken Macomber. Director: Walter Campbell.

Cast: Mantan Moreland,* Eddie Rector, Billy Mills, Leigh Whipper, Rose Henderson, Lily Yuen, Hilda Perleno, Peggy Phillips, Marcus Slayter,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Notes xi
  • INTRODUCTION: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BLACK THEATRE xiii
  • Part 1: THE SHOWS 1
  • A 3
  • B 11
  • B 49
  • E 57
  • F 72
  • G 90
  • H 94
  • H 96
  • H 122
  • H 142
  • H 163
  • H 173
  • H 179
  • H 181
  • Part II: PERSONALITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS 183
  • A 185
  • B 186
  • C 193
  • D 199
  • D 202
  • D 203
  • G 209
  • H 212
  • I 220
  • J 221
  • K 227
  • K 229
  • K 230
  • N 238
  • O 240
  • P 240
  • P 242
  • P 246
  • P 250
  • P 252
  • W 253
  • Appendix I: A CHRONOLOGY OF THE BLACK THEATRE 267
  • Appendix II: A DISCOGRAPHY OF THE BLACK THEATRE 279
  • SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 281
  • NAME INDEX 289
  • PLAY AND FILM INDEX 326
  • SONG INDEX 338
  • NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS 357
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