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San Diego theater to offer 'Wiz' revival

July 25, 2006 at 11:05 PM

SAN DIEGO, July 25 (UPI) -- The La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego is set to offer fans of the Broadway musical "The Wiz" a contemporary revival of the classic musical production.

The production is said to be taking a slightly different approach from previous incarnations of the 1975 musical, with an environmental set, a new contemporary soundtrack and with a human dancer taking over the role as Toto the dog, Daily Variety said.

With departing La Jolla art director Des McAnuff as its head and actor David Alan Grier and Wayne Brady taking two of the production's key roles, Variety said, the theatrical revival has already drummed up talk of possible future Broadway performances.

In the revival, Alan Grier will assume the title role while Brady will take the part of the scarecrow. Theatrical veterans Michael Benjamin Washington and Tituss Burgess will take on the roles of the tin man and the lion respectively, with "All Shook Up" star Nikki M. James assuming the all-important role of Dorothy, Variety said.

Previews of the new production will begin at La Jolla on Sept. 26.

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