Show Business: The Wizard of Trinidad

When Director Geoffrey Holder was called in to rescue The Wiz during its disastrous pre-Broadway tour, he found that his biggest problem was the company's low morale. For Holder, a 6-ft. 6-in. Samson of a man from Trinidad, the solution was easy. He assembled the cast and crew onstage and asked them to pray while he exorcised the evil dispirit by burning incense given him by his father.

Holder used the right rite. Last week The Wiz—an all-black rhythm-and-blues adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz—won seven Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Supporting Actor...

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