The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Held auditions at the Improv for "The Wiz in an effort to attract local young talent throughout South Florida. The production is scheduled to run at the Maltz from January 13 – February 1, 2015.
Andrew Kato, artistic director of Maltz, stated, “sometimes people are threatened to come to a theater because they feel it’s too formal, so the idea came to go to a non-traditional situation to see if we could bring out some people who would not otherwise come into a formal setting of a theater.” A diverse group of talent ranging in ages from 12 to 21 auditioned for singing roles and many were invited back dance auditions.
The Wiz is a 1978 American musical with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown. It is the retelling of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the context of the African American culture. It opened on Broadway in 1975 and won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. The musical has had revivals in New York, London, etc. A film adaptation was released in 1978.
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