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Wayne Brady, Deborah Cox, and newcomer Nichelle Lewis lead the cast at the Marquis Theatre.

Kyle Ramar Freeman, Avery Wilson, Nichelle Lewis, and Phillip Johnson Richardson in The Wiz Jeremy Daniel

A digital lottery and in-person rush has been revealed for Broadway's new revival of The Wiz, which began performances at the Marquis Theatre March 29. Both low-priced ticket schemes, which will offer seats for $45 each, will begin April 2.

Rush tickets will be available when the box office opens for day-of performances, subject to availability. There is a limit of two tickets per person, with seating locations determined by show management and box office staff. The Marquis Theatre box office opens at 10 AM weekdays and Saturdays and 12 PM on Sundays.

The digital lottery begins taking entries for the day before each performance, with winners drawn at 3 PM ET. Winners will have one hour to pay for up to two tickets, after which further winners will be selected if necessary. Tickets may be for partial view seats.

Schele Williams (who's also overseeing The Notebook) is at the helm for the new revival, with choreography by JaQuel Knight.

Newcomer Nichelle Lewis stars as Dorothy, joined in the cast by Wayne Brady as The Wiz, Deborah Cox as Glinda, Melody A. Betts as Aunt Em and Evillene, Kyle Ramar Freeman (A Strange Loop) as the Lion, Phillip Johnson Richardson (Sharper) as the Tinman, and Avery Wilson (The Voice) as the Scarecrow.

The cast also includes Allyson Kaye Daniel as Addaperle, Anthony Murphy as Lord High Underling, and an ensemble comprising Maya Bowles, Shayla Caldwell, Jay Copeland, Collin Heyward, Judith Franklin, Amber Jackson, Olivia Jackson, Christina Jones, Cristina Raé, Polanco Jones, Jr., Kolby Kindle, Kareem Marsh, Avilon Trust Tate, and Keenan D. Washington. Alan Mingo, Jr. is the standby for The Wiz, and the company is rounded out by swings Lauryn Adams, Michael Samarie George, Mariah Lyttle, Dustin Praylow, Matthew Sims, Jr., and Timothy Wilson.

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The Wiz, featuring a score by Charlie Smalls and a book by William F. Brown, premiered on Broadway in 1975, transforming L. Frank Baum's classic children's novel into an all-Black "super soul musical," as it was originally billed. The musical made the jump to the big screen in 1978 with a film adaptation starring Diana Ross, Lena Horne, Richard Pryor, Michael Jackson, and, reprising his Broadway performance as the Cowardly Lion, Ted Ross.

This new revival features additional material by 2023 Tony Award nominee Amber Ruffin, making The Wiz the comic's second theatrical outing following her work co-writing the Tony-nominated book to Broadway's Some Like It Hot with Matthew López.

As in the original production, the musical's song list includes "The Emerald City" with music by Timothy Graphenreed and "Everybody Rejoice," with music and lyrics by Luther Vandross. Also included are the Charlie Smalls-penned songs "You Can't Win," cut from the original production but used in the 1978 film adaptation; "Wonder, Wonder Why," added to the score for the show's 1984 revival; and "We're Gonna Make It," a new adaptation of the original score's "I Was Born on the Day Before Yesterday" (replaced in its original spot by "You Can't Win").

Joseph Joubert is providing music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements, with dance arrangements by Adam Blackstone and Terence Vaugn, vocal arrangements by Allen René Louis, music direction by Paul Byssainthe Jr., scenic design by Hannah Beachler, costume design by Sharen Davis, lighting design by Ryan J. O'Gara, video and projection design by Daniel Brodie, sound design by Jon Weston, wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and makeup design by Kirk Cambridge-Del Pesche. Casting is by Tara Rubin and Olivia Paige West. Ralph Stan Lee serves as production stage manager.

WATCH: Deborah Cox Sings 'Believe in Yourself' from The Wiz on Tamron Hall


Photos: The Wiz National Tour

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