EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD TO
‘THE WIZ’ AT THE
MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE

Like The Wizard of Oz and Wicked? You’ll love this spirited rock gospel and soul phenomenon based on the beloved classic tale!

December 23, 2014 – Join Dorothy in an adventure with her lovable friends as they journey to meet the Wizard in the Tony Award®-winning Broadway sensation The Wiz!

This January, ease on down the road with the spirited rock gospel and soul musical based on the beloved classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, January 13 through February 1 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Featuring the hits “Ease on Down the Road,” “Home” and “Believe in Yourself,” this family-friendly stage phenomenon is the smash hit of the New Year!

Directed by the Theatre’s producing artistic director, Andrew Kato, The Wiz will come alive with the exhilarating theatrical elements of full-stage projections, imaginative puppetry, aerial flying and evocative scenery to tell the story of Dorothy’s quest to Oz. The most eagerly-awaited production of the year, The Wiz invites audiences to marvel at the spectacle of a stunning onstage tornado and enchanting illusions and movement, featuring choreography by Jennifer Werner and music direction by Eric Alsford. Costume designer Leon Dobkowski has designed original costumes that have been built specifically for this production. This Broadway hit is perfect for all ages.

“This soul-infused Blockbuster will take you on a journey you won’t soon forget,” Kato said. “This iconic and universal story will take us back to a time when we believed there was something special at the end of the rainbow, where monkeys could fly, and where good witches used their magic power to get us home. The Wiz has all the staging sorcery to take you to there.”

With music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown, The Wiz is a retelling of L. Frank Baum's timeless tale in the context of African-American culture. Featuring vivacious beats and an unforgettable musical score, the 1975 Broadway production swept that year’s Tony Awards®, winning prizes for Best Musical and Best Score, among others.

The roles of Glinda and Aunt Em will be played by Tony®-nominated legendary actress Brenda Braxton, seen in NBC’s musical drama “Smash” and on Broadway in Chicago, Smokey Joe’s Café, Jelly’s Last Jam, Dreamgirls, Cats and more. The roles of The Wiz and Uncle Henry will be played by veteran performer Kingsley Leggs, whose Broadway credits include Sister Act, The Color Purple and Miss Saigon. The Tinman will be portrayed by prominent actor Tyrick Wiltez Jones, known for his roles on Broadway in the recent revival of Finian’s Rainbow and Hairspray. The production will star New York-based actress Destinee Rea as Dorothy.

The Wiz is a musical for everyone, including children and teens. The Theatre’s annual School Spirit Night is back on Friday, January 16, at 7:30 p.m. Whether you come with your drama club (all groups are 10 or more) or with a friend, students 18 and under can buy a mezzanine ticket for only $20 with a post-show dessert meet-and-greet with the cast. School Spirit Night is sponsored by RBC Wealth Management and supported by Kilwin’s of Jupiter.

Hoping to bring the entire family? Join us for our special family performance of The Wiz on Friday, January 30, at 6 p.m., followed by a post-show dessert meet-and-greet with the cast in the lobby after the performance. Family Show Time is supported by Whole Foods Market and Kool 105.5 FM.

A great night out is in store with the Theatre’s Sixth Annual Gay Pride Night, set for Saturday, January 31. Hors d’oeuvres will be served in the lobby at 7 p.m., followed by a performance on stage of The Wiz at 8 p.m. Then join the cast in the Conservatory for a post-show dessert meet-and-greet. Pride Night is sponsored by Morgan Stanley and supported by South Florida Gay News, 900AM The Talk of the Palm Beaches, Compass and Kilwin’s of Jupiter.

Tickets for The Wiz start at $54. Tickets are now on sale for all of the shows in the Theatre’s 2014/15 season, including Glengarry Glen Ross and Les Miserables The Wiz is sponsored by the John McDonald Company and in loving memory of Art and Meg Niedland.

For tickets and additional information, call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org. For more information on bringing your group to the Theatre, contact group concierge Shannon Murphy at (561) 972-6117.

About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
The not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of Florida’s preeminent professional theatres, committed to production and education through its collaborations with local and national artists. Currently the state’s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre draws nearly 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 7,626 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, which serves hundreds of youth and adults. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and has earned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s highest honor for artistic excellence, including the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.   

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