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Meet The Wiz cast behind-the-scenes at their photoshoot

The show opens later this month

Llewellyn Graham, Jonathan Andre, Cherelle Williams and Tarik Frimong
© Dujonna Gift-Simms

The cast and company of the eagerly anticipated revival of The Wiz came together for a photoshoot, and The Umbrella Rooms were there to mark the occasion.

The piece is a twist on the multi-Tony Award-winning '70s musical, which is penned by Charlie Smalls and William F Brown and is based on L Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz.

Appearing will be Cherelle Wiliams (she/her, The Lion King) as Dorothy, Tarik Frimpong (he/him, Aladdin) as Scarecrow, Llewellyn Graham (he/him, making his professional debut) as Tin Man, Jonathan Andre (he/him, The Lion King) as Lion, Cameron Bernard Jones (he/him, South Pacific) as The Wiz, Anelisa Lamola (she/her, The Color Purple) as Addaperle, Bree Smith (she/her, West Side Story) as Aunt Em and Glinda, Kofi Dennis (he/him, Romeo and Juliet) as Lord High and Ashh Blackwood (she/her, Horrible Histories) as Evillene.

The ensemble will feature Andile Mabhena (he/him), Shayna McPherson (she/her), Dylan Gordon-Jones (he/him), Samantha Shuma (she/her), Marisha Morgan (she/her).

Watch the interviews here:

Joining director Matthew Xia on the creative team are musical director Ehsaan Shivarani, musical supervisor and orchestrator Sean Green, choreographer Leah Hill, designer Simon Kenny, associate costume designer Maybelle Laye, lighting designer Simisola Majekodunmi, sound designer Tony Gayle, casting director Ryan Carter and casting mentor Anne Vosser.

The show plays from 24 November to 16 January 2022, with tickets on sale now. It is produced by Hope Mill Theatre (where it runs), Ameena Hamid Productions and Chuchu Nwagu Productions.

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