Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker have secured another on-stage win as the newest addition to “The Wiz” Broadway-bound production team.
According to Deadline, Burruss and Tucker will be handling multiple aspects of the musical, from the wardrobe to the songs and even the choreography. The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum will be joining the likes of Schele Williams, who will direct the musical. The couple will also be collaborating closely with famed choreographer JaQuel Knight and Joseph Joubert and Allen René Louis, both of whom are over musical aspects of the show.
The production crew also includes Kristin Caskey, Brian Anthony Moreland, Mike Isaacson, and the Ambassador Theatre Group, all of which are contributing to the production.
“The Wiz” is famously based on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” which originally opened on Broadway in 1975. The latest rendition will focus on the essence of “The Wiz,” with some fresh new talent. Casting is set to begin soon, and the musical will get underway nationally on September 23rd at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore.
“We have always said we want to help open the doors of theater to all people,” the power couple said in a joint statement to Deadline.
Burruss’ theater resume is quickly building. She was recently nominated for a Southeast Emmy Award for her performance in “La Musica de La Familia.” Now, “The Wiz” will be Burruss and Tucker’s third Broadway production, following the Tony-nominated revival of “The Piano Lesson” and last season’s “Thoughts of a Colored Man,” which was monumental within itself. Written by Keenan Scott II, “Thought of a Colored Man” was Scott’s Broadway debut and directed by Steve Broadnax III. It made history as the first Broadway show that was written and directed by Black men that also featured a Black man in the lead role.
“Art can heal, and art can change you. It has changed us,” the couple added.