The Wiz

Dorothy and all her pals from the land of Oz make their way to the Ensemble Theatre for the new production of The Wiz. Charlie Smalls and William F. Brown’s 1975 Tony Award-winning musical based on L. Frank Baum’s novel gives us a spunky girl who learns there’s no place like home. Eileen J. Morris, artistic director of the Ensemble, says the show has music that “uplifts the human spirit” and teaches you “to seek to find out who you are.” Best of all, The Wiz is just full of “plain outright good music,” with songs such as “No Bad News,” “Funky Monkeys” and “Believe in Yourself.” Ease on down the road to The Wiz at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Extended through July 26. A second run is scheduled for August 20 to 30. 3535 Main. For information, call 713-520-0055 or visit www.ensemblehouston.com. $20 to $45.
Thursdays-Sundays; Fridays-Sundays. Starts: June 25. Continues through Aug. 30, 2009
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Lee Williams