Musical 'The Giz' Brings Go-Go to MGM National Harbor

August 15, 2018
The Giz

Lovail Long and Vernon Williams

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By Erin Thibeau

The District is getting its first-ever Go-Go musical, "The Giz," and it stars WPGC's own DJ Flexx and Tony Redz! 

The Go-Go adaptation of the hit Broadway show "The Wiz" hits The Theater at MGM National Harbor on Sunday, August 19, and it's SOLD OUT!

The show tells the story of Dorothy (played by London Savoy), a North Carolina native who's transported by a thunderstorm to Munchkin Land (Prince George’s County), where she has to find her way back home with the help of powerful wizard “The Giz” (played by Sugar Bear), who lives in the Chocolate City. Along the way, she and her new friends encounter Evillene, the Wicked Witch of Waldorf. 

Tony Redz plays WB, Dorothy's chaperone on her journey, and DJ Flexx is the Grand Marshall, the gatekeeper and historian of Go-Go culture.

Trina Adams, Frank “Scooby” Marshall, Cartier Williams, and Nikki Moore also star in the musical.

Vernon Williams, who wrote and directed the play, spoke with WPGC about the show and its many influences.

How did the “The Giz” first come to be? 

The show came about as an idea while Lovail Long and Salahuddin Mahdi were incarcerated. Chuck [Brown] inspired the show because he is the creator of Go-Go! You can’t do a show like this without paying homage to the man that started it all.

Why did you choose Tony Redz for the character of WB and DJ Flexx for the Grand Marshall.

Tony Redz has the perfect character that fits WB. He is well known in the DMV, and this role will be an easy transition for him to fit. Flexx was chosen as the Grand Marshall due to his iconic presence in the DMV, as well as his knowledge of the Go-Go community.

Who wrote the music for the show? 

All the music in the show is from Go-Gos past, from Chuck Brown and other Go-Go greats. Yes, this entire process was a team effort!

Watch an interview with some of the cast at WPGC's Go-Go 95 Live event on August 16:

"The Giz" is SOLD OUT, and playing at The Theater at MGM National Harbor at 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 19. Read more about the show here.

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