Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Wiz

The Virginia Stage Company (VSC)/Norfolk State University (NSU) collaboration  on the production of The WIZ at the Wells Theatre has proven  to be  a hit this spring. The VSC/NSU  joint venture is a rekindling of the 1974 stage hit The Wiz  which was an Afrocentric interpretation of the famous movie The Wizard of OZ, that […]

When L. Frank Baum published his classic novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” in 1900, he likely had no idea that the subsequent 1902 Broadway musical adaptation, “The Wizard of Oz,” would one day receive frequent productions featuring exclusively African-American casts. The latest local rendition, jointly staged by Norfolk State University and the Virginia Stage […]

The New Journal and Guide hosted an Appreciation Night at the Wells Theatre on April 15 for staff and community volunteers. Following a pre-show reception in the front lobby, the group enjoyed the dynamic performance of The Wiz, featuring the NSU Theater Company and the Virginia Stage Company. The show continues through April 30.  

Thanks to a fresh new partnership between Norfolk State University and the Virginia Stage Co., eager scrub-faced students and seasoned actors will put a new spin on “The Wiz” at the Wells Theatre from April 11-30. Whether you focus on the new partners that Dorothy accumulates while she travels down the fabled yellow brick road […]

By Terrance Afer-Anderson Arts & Culture Columnist New Journal and Guide “The Wiz,” the extraordinary urban retelling of the L. Frank Baum classic “The Wizard of Oz,” opened on Broadway in 1975. The groundbreaking production netted seven Tony Awards, including “Best Musical,” has emerged as a classic in its own right, and has been produced […]