Show Business: Is There a Doctor in the House?

Calling the right shots on Broadway

When The Wiz was previewing in Detroit five years ago, it looked as if the Yellow Brick Road might lead back to Kansas, not Broadway. Applause was limper than the Scarecrow's limbs. Then Geoffrey Holder, who had designed the costumes, was asked to doctor the production. Holder brought the part of the Wiz into sharp focus, wowed the audience with a black tornado stirred up with 100 yds. of silk streamers, and exhorted the frazzled cast members to believe in themselves. It all worked: The Wiz won the...

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