The Wiz at West Yorkshire Playhouse

THE next Michael Jackson or Diana Ross is being sought for one of the Playhouse's biggest shows next year.

The Wiz promises to be a huge hit when it arrives in Leeds in June, but it requires a community chorus made up of local people – that's where you come in.

On January 29 X-Factor style open auditions will be staged at the Playhouse and anyone is invited to attend with the chance of appearing on stage.

Perhaps the best known version of The Wiz was the movie interpretation of 1978, starring the aforementioned Ross and Jackson, which was an urbanised retelling of The Wizard of Oz.

But three years earlier it first emerged as a musical and it is this version which is coming to Quarry Hill.

The fabulous Motown-inspired score secured the original 1970s Broadway version seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

Anyone wanting to appear in the chorus will need a flair for acting, singing and dancing and if you can play a musical instrument or have another performing skill (like juggling) then that's all the better.

You must be 16 years of age or over (of school leaving age) to take part, but you can register your interest now.

Call West Yorkshire Playhouse on 0113 2137700 or visit www.wyp.org.uk

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