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The Hippest Wizard of Oz
Coming Soon !
Concept, Book, Music & Lyrics by J Kyle Manzay
Music & Lyrics by Ronvé O’Daniel
Music & Orchestrations by Jevares C Myrick
Type of Show
Performing Groups
Dance Requirements
Minimal hip hop/flexible
Tech Requirements
Flexible
Overview
The Hippest Wizard of Oz follows Dorothy D. as she is transported from a record store in the Bronx to the magical, musical land of Oz, where she must gain an appreciation for the cultural history of hip-hop and click her ruby red sneakers three times to make it home.

The new musical is being created specifically for Uproar’s catalogue by J Kyle Manzay (concept, book, music & lyrics),  Ronvé O'Daniel (music & lyrics), Jevares C. Myrick (music & orchestrations) and will be available Fall 2022. The writing team's musical, Once Upon a Rhyme (formerly illa!), is one of four musicals featured in the new competition TV series Opening Night America, where they will compete for a live stage premiere under the direction and guidance of celebrity mentors such as Tony and Emmy award winner Kirstin Chenoweth. 
Casting
5m/5f/8+ Ensemble
Male Principals
4
Supporting Males
2
Female Principals
3
Supporting Females
1
Ensemble
8+
DOROTHY “DOROTHY D” GALE
Orphaned at age four, Dorothy is a rebellious but passionate rapper living and working with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry in their vintage record store in the South Bronx. Driven by her fear of being insignificant, Dorothy wants nothing more than to create her own legacy by signing to a big record deal and make it big with her rap group Chikin ’N’ Bumpin’, but Uncle Henry wants her to take over the historical record store when he retires.
TOTO
Toto is Dorothy’s rambunctious pitbull Jack Terrier mix, who Dorothy rescued off the streets of South Bronx. If it weren’t for his traditional pitbull face, you would think this lovable mischievous canine is a scrappy lapdog. Uncle Henry and Auntie Em have a love hate relationship with the dog but realize Dorthy has been through a lot and needs Toto as therapy.
LIL SCARY / SCOOBY
LIL SCARY is a young aspiring rapping scarecrow living in a community garden between two abandoned buildings. Lil Scary is perpetually tormented by the Crow Klan, a band of old school crows with superior rapping skills. Though he wants to be a great rapper, his nonsensical mumble raps are not respected in the land. Lil Scary thinks his lack of complex lyrics is due to the fact that he has no brains. When he meets Dorthy she and Toto run the crows off and Lil Scary is released from the pole and joins Dorothy to go to the Wizard Mogul in search of brains. SCOOBY is a Bronx native and one of the lead emcees for Chikin ’N’ Bumpin’. Scooby is Dorthy’s best friend who grew up with her in the South Bronx. At times he comes off as slow but often has strangely profound wisdom to give at just the right moment. Note: Lil Scary and Scooby will be played by the same actor.
OIL THE TIN MAN / ORLANDO
Oil the Tin Man is an aspiring rapper-singer/music producer made of Tin who lives in a city dumpster surrounded by advanced technology like auto tune, digital beat machines and DJ software. Oil the Tin Man has been tossed because of the over produced sounds of his music. His one produced record was criticized by Ozboard Music Chart as having “No heart”. After installing the oil software on his hard drive, Oil the Tin Man joins Dorothy and Lil Scary's quest to see the Wizard Mogul in order to get a heart. ORLANDO - Orlando is the Brooklyn born, melancholy DJ for Chikin ’N’ Bumpin’ who attended Arts School with Dorthy. His never ending search for the latest hip hop often leaves him lost and disappointed. This search causes him to never look to the past for inspiration. Note: Oil The Tin Man and Orlando will be played by the same actor.
YUNG LION / LEON
YUNG LION -Yung Lion is a flamboyant lion whose been banished by the Lion Gang for having no courage. He tries his best to be scary but his teddybear like personality and rainbow lion mane quickly betray him. All he wants to do is be accepted by the Lion Gang as the sensitive rapper that he is. Yung Lion joins Dorthy, Lil Scary and Oil the Tin Man on their journey in search of courage. LEON - Born and raised in Miami but moved to Harlem to live with his dad a former gang leader. Leon is a soft spoken former gang member and hype man for Chikin ’N’ Bumpin’ who just wants to stay out of trouble. Though, like Toto, his bark is much larger than his bite. Note: Yung Lion and Leon will be played by the same actor.
AUNT EM / LA LA THE GOOD WITCH OF THE NORTH SIDE
AUNT EM(Afro-Latina, 55) - Auntie Em and Uncle Henry are Dorothy’s guardians. They live a content life running a small vintage hip hop record store in the South Bronx. Auntie Em is a retired elementary school teacher and old school hip hop fan who lives for her life running the record store. Uncle Henry and Auntie Em have been grooming Dorothy to take over his record store one day, but her desires to pursue her rap career may make that plan impossible. LA LA THE GOOD WITCH OF THE NORTH SIDE - The Good Witch of the North Side is the first witch Dorothy encounters upon her arrival to the Land of Oz. She is the most respected old school rapper on Oz's north side and is particularly beloved by the Munchkins. She is a positive rapper and self-proclaimed wordsmith, who magically throws words in the air and makes free style rhymes out of them to the delight of the Munchkins. After Dorothy's arrival in Munchkin Land which causes the death of the Wicked Witch of the East Side, the Good Witch of the North Side gives Dorothy the dead witch's charmed Limited Edition ruby red Reeboks and places a protective word on her forehead for her journey. Note: Aunt Em and La La are played by the same actress.
UNCLE HENRY
(Jamaican-American, 60) - Auntie Em and Uncle Henry are Dorothy’s guardians. They live a content life running a small vintage hip hop record store in the South Bronx. Uncle Henry, aka DJ Hanky Stanky, is a legendary hip hop DJ, that’s owned Uncle Henry’s Record Store for twenty-five years. Uncle Henry and Auntie Em have been grooming Dorothy to take over his record store one day, but her desires to pursue her rap career may make that plan impossible.
AUNTIE GINA / RAGINA THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST SIDE
AUNTIE GINA (Jamaican American, 54) - Uncle Henry’s sister and Dorothy’s aunt who is a widow. Aunt Gina and Dorothy have a rocky relationship as Gina wants Dorothy to stop rapping and find a good man to settle down with like a lady is supposed to. RAGINA THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST SIDE - Ragina the Wicked Witch is the evil top gangster rapper of the West Side of Oz and the CEW (Chief Executive Witch) of Death Side Records. She’s signed several gangster rappers to bad record deals often described as slave contracts. When Dorothy and company are sent by the Mogul to defeat her in a rap battle, she uses the Golden Two-Way Pager to summon her number one selling rap group M.W.A. (Monkeys With Attitude). M. W. A. captures Lil’ Scary, Oil the Tin Man, Dorothy and the Yung Lion until Dorothy hands over the magical ruby red Reeboks. Note: Auntie Gina and Ragina will be played by the same actress.
THE HIPPEST WIZARD
The biggest music mogul in Oz and the president of Oz records. Represented by a giant golden head.
Instrumentation
A cross-genre journey celebrating the roots of  hip hop, pop, and R&B.
Orchestra Size:
Small
Orchestration for Instruments: