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Nichelle Lewis will play Dorothy in ‘The Wiz’

The Broadway newcomer will star in the musical’s tour and Main Stem run.

Nichelle Lewis (Credit: Gene Reed)

The upcoming Broadway revival of “The Wiz” will star Nichelle Lewis as Dorothy. The production will mark Lewis’ Main Stem debut.

Lewis has been seen in national tours of “Hairspray,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Bare: A Pop Opera” and “Labelless.” She appeared on television’s “American Idol” in the summer of 2022 and made it to Hollywood Week.

Lewis joins a “Wiz” cast that includes the previously announced Deborah Cox as Glinda, Melody A. Betts as Aunt Em/Evillene, Wayne Brady as The Wiz, Kyle Ramar Freeman as the Lion, Phillip Johnson Richardson as the Tinman and Avery Wilson as the Scarecrow. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting.

Also newly announced is that Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker have joined the revival’s producing team.

“The Wiz” will arrive on Broadway in the spring of 2024, after concluding its national tour. Broadway venue and dates will be announced.

“The Wiz” is being produced by Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson, Brian Anthony Moreland and Ambassador Theatre Group.