Today, First Stage Children's Theater opens a world-premiere version of the original Tony-winning musical, THE WIZ, which first debuted on Broadway in 1975 as an urbanized African-American version of The Wizard of Oz. The film version of THE WIZ, starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Lena Horne, and Richard Pryor, hit movie theaters three years later.
First Stage Children's Theater reports extremely strong interest in this new version for young audiences. Certainly, the untimely deaths of both Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor have amplified nostalgia for this musical. But it's more than that. THE WIZ was a remake that broke through racial barriers and thus became an original in its own right.
Which leads us to our IMHO Question. Who is out there today questioning the status quo and pushing boundaries? If you look at the cast of THE WIZ from 1975, and you had to recast everyone for today, who would play Michael Jackson? Diana Ross? Richard Pryor? And why?
Best answer wins!