From a media release:
The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance & Music
PHYLICIA RASHAD, ANDRE DE SHIELDS, DEE DEE BRIDGE WATER, EBONY JO-ANN, INAYA DAY and more
Central Park, Manhattan
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Doors at 7pm - FREE
Marcus Garvey Park
W. 122nd & Mt. Morris Park
August 13 & 14, 2015
Doors at 6pm - FREE
The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music: Choreographer Website
NEW YORK CITY - This 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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PLEASE NOTE: SummerStage shows take place outdoors and take place RAIN OR SHINE. Shows are only cancelled in the event of what event organizers consider to be dangerous winds or lightning. Schedule of events and performers is subject to change. The following cannot be brought into the Central Park venue: glass bottles, cans, coolers, folding chairs, bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, beach umbrellas, video cameras, selfie sticks, professional camera gear, tripods or pets. SummerStage is not responsible for prohibited items left outside the venue. Bags subject to search. Alcoholic beverages are forbidden in NYC Parks. The distribution and sale of unauthorized promotional materials is banned. Beer and wine are on sale at the Central Park venue for onsite consumption only. Smoking is prohibited in all NYC parks.