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‘The Wiz’ Revival Returns to Broadway with Star Studded Premiere – An Ode to Black Excellence | PicsVideos

The yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
The yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)

*The Broadway revival of The Wiz is officially open! “It’s a legacy, not a show” gushes director Schele Williams. The original landmark Black classic musical first opened almost 50 years ago.

Many of the original cast members, including Stephanie Mills who played Dorothy, Andre De Shields, the Wiz, and Ken Page, the lion, were there to welcome the incredible new cast of the iconic musical. Radio/TV personality Jazmyn Summers was on the yellow carpet for EURweb.com and brings the tea.

Stephanie Mills on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
Stephanie Mills on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)

The original “The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” won 7 Tony awards and the cast is hoping to repeat that accomplishment.

Deborah Cox and Jazmyn Summers on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
Deborah Cox and Jazmyn Summers on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)

Popular R & B singer Deborah Cox who plays Glinda, the good witch of the South, tells Eurweb “It’s thrilling to play in a show that is so beloved by so many cultures”

Dance captain Amber Jackson shares “This means everything to me. I grew up watching the wiz. To be part of Black history, Black culture and Black excellence and show people what we can do as Black people is an honor.”

Phillip Johnson Richardson, who reprises the role of the Tinman, reveals “It’s very 2024. A lot of the references, the music, it’s crazy.”  He says if he could ask the wiz for one thing it would be a “loft apartment. It’s a vibe I’ve never had. The high ceilings and the open space.”

Phillip Jonson Richardson and Jazmyn Summers on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
Phillip Jonson Richardson and Jazmyn Summers on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)

If the Wiz is as successful as it promises to be, he might just get it.

Melodie A. Betts plays Auntie Em and the Wicked Witch of the West Evillene. Her powerhouse vocals got several standing ovations at the premiere. “It’s an honor to participate in this legacy but its physically challenging to go from sweet and cheery as Auntie Em to hot and spicy as Evillene. I have never sweated so much in a show,” laughs the veteran performer.

Melodie Betts on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
Melodie Betts on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)

Newcomer Nichelle Lewis,  who stars as Dorothy looked gorgeous in green while attending the opening night party. Wayne Brady, the Wiz , rocked an enormous fur coat.

They were joined at the opening night celebration by co-stars , Deborah Cox, Melody A. Betts, Kyle Ramar Freeman, Phillip Johnson Richardson, and Avery Wilson which comes two months after the show played in Los Angeles for the final stop of the North American tour.

Some of the celebs who were in attendance at the opening included Common, Hillary Clinton, Anna Wintour, Ben Vereen, Peppermint, Sherri Shepherd, Tamron Hall, Elvis Nolasco (Godfather of Harlem)  Leslie Uggams, P Valley’s Brandee Evans and writer Amber Ruffin.

Wayne Brady and Jazmyn Summers on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
Wayne Brady and Jazmyn Summers on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)

The current revival was produced by Real Housewives of Atlanta pair Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker.

Tamron Hall, whose show was recently renewed for a 6th season says of the Wiz “it’s the music, it’s the journey, its always like home, its Michael Jackson, its Nipsey, its Diana, its Stephanie, it’s a classic, it’s the past , present and future.”

“If we do it right it will go on for another 50 years and then some,” declares Betts.

As the curtain rises on this latest chapter of The Wiz, it’s evident that its magic continues to captivate audiences, promising to enchant theatergoers for years to come.

Check out these gorgeous yellow carpet outfits.

Mona Scott Young on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
Mona Scott Young on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
Brandee Evans on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
Brandee Evans on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
Wiz cast member on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
Wiz cast member on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
Wiz cast member on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
Wiz cast member on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
Wiz cast member on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
Wiz cast member on the yellow carpet at the Wiz Revival premier (photo credit Tito Cepeda)
 Kyle Ramar Freeman and Jazmyn Summers on the Wiz Yellow Carpet (credit Tito Cepeda)
Kyle Ramar Freeman and Jazmyn Summers on the Wiz Yellow Carpet (credit Tito Cepeda)

You can catch some of the interviews in the video above (the sound is terrible, I’m so sorry ) but at least you can see what the folks are wearing.

Jazmyn Summers - Instagram
Jazmyn Summers – Instagram

Article by Jazmyn Summers.  Photos by Tito Cepeda .  Follow Jaz on Instagram, and Facebook. And please don’t forget to subscribe to Jazmyn Summers’ YouTube.

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