Brown, William F. The Wiz. (Adapted from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum). Book by William F. Brown. Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls. Blocking script, final draft, September 1975. Producer Ken Harper’s copy. Bound in the Studio Duplicating Services red binder. 29.5 cm. Fine condition.
The idea for retelling Frank L. Baum’s classic children’s novel as an adaptation of contemporary African-American life in two acts was Ken Harper’s. With an African-American cast, it opened in Baltimore on October 21, 1974 and soon after on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre January 5, 1975. The 1975 production won seven Tony awards, including Best Musical. In the 1975 cast, Stephanie Mills played Dorothy. Hinton Battle played the Scarecrow. Tiger Haines played the Tinman, and Ted Ross played the Cowardly Lion.