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Sale 2526 Lot 44
TOM H. JOHN.
"Emerald City." Together, a pair of designs for 1975 Broadway production of The Wiz, directed by Geoffrey Holder at the Majestic Theatre. Carbon paper printed onto larger paper with ink, paint, and additional notations applied. First image is 322x474 mm; 12 3/4x18 3/4 inches (sight), on 18 1/4x24-inch sheet; cornered to board and matted. The second image is 255x403 mm; 10x15 3/4 inches (sight), on 18x24-inch sheet, taped to board and matted. Both signed "Tom H. John" and dated 74 with "The Wiz" and "Emerald City" inscriptions in lower right image. Accompanied by 4 smaller preliminary sketches.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500
with its all-black cast, the groundbreaking stage production of the wiz was an early example of the entry of african american culture into mainstream acceptance on broadway. Charlie Small's musical adaptation of William F. Brown's 1974 book, "The Wiz," was a modern retelling of L. Frank Baum's beloved children's novel, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (Chicago: George M. Hill Company, 1900). Opening at the Majestic Theatre in New York on January 5, 1975, it ran until May 25, 1977 before moving to the Broadway Theatre, where it continued its run until January 28, 1979. The production had 1,672 total performances and won 7 Tony Awards in 1975, including Best Musical.
Tom H. John worked as a production designer for more than 200 major productions, including numerous Broadway stage plays and musicals, major motion pictures, and television series and specials. Over the course of his career, John has received 5 Emmy Awards and the prestigious Peabody Award. He currently works as a fine artist in New York City.