NEW YORK (AP) -- Two men who stepped into 6-inch heels for "Kinky Boots" on Broadway will play the title character behind the curtain when "The Wiz" tours the U.S. starting this fall and lands on Broadway in 2024 -- Wayne Brady and Alan Mingo Jr.
Brady will star as the Wiz in San Francisco from Jan. 16-Feb. 11 at the Golden Gate Theatre, and in Los Angeles from Feb. 13-March 3, before hitting Broadway in spring 2024.
Mingo will play the Wiz in the remaining cities of the national tour, starting with the launch in Baltimore and including Cleveland; Washington, D.C.; Pittsburgh; Charlotte, North Carolina; Atlanta; Greenville, South Carolina; Chicago; Des Moines, Iowa; Tempe, Arizona and San Diego.
The cast will also include Kyle Ramar Freeman as the Lion, Phillip Johnson Richardson as the Tin Man and Avery Wilson as the Scarecrow. Schele Williams will be directing, saying she hopes the show becomes a "touchstone for a new generation."
The show is adapted from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum, with a book by William F. Brown, and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls.
"The Wiz" opened on Broadway in 1975 and won seven Tonys, including best musical. It has such classic songs as "What Would I Do If I Could Feel" and "Ease On Down the Road."
A 1978 movie version of "The Wiz" starred Diana Ross, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor as the Wiz. Michael Jackson co-starred as the Scarecrow, with Nipsey Russell as the Tin Man and Ted Ross as the Lion. NBC televised a live version in 2015 with Queen Latifah, Ne-Yo and David Alan Grier.