As Social Media Shows Its Love for Cecil The Lion & #TheWizLive, Here are Rare Photos of The Wiz's Lion

July 31st, 2015 by

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As Social Media Shows Its Love for Cecil The Lion & #TheW...

This week Facebook and Twitter feeds were filled with an outpouring of love for Cecil the lion and excitement for casting of NBC's upcoming The Wiz Live. All this lion and The Wiz love, had us thinking about our favorite Broadway lion. So click play and scroll through 13 rare photos from the Martha Swope archives of Ted Ross, Ken Page and other legendary mean ole lions.


Ted Ross in The Wiz, 1974

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Publicity stills for the original Broadway production of The Wiz, 1974

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Photo by Martha Swope on NYPL.org


Stephanie Mills & Ted Ross in The Wiz, 1974

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Photo by Martha Swope on NYPL.org


(L-R) Tiger Haynes, Andre De Shields, Hinton Battle, Stephanie Mills & Ted Ross in The Wiz, 1974

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Ted Ross, Stephanie Mills, Tiger Haynes & Stu Gilliam (who was replaced prior to Broadway opening) and the ensemble of The Wiz, 1974

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Photo by Martha Swope on NYPL.org


Mabel King, Ted Ross & Stephanie Mills and the ensemble of The Wiz, 1974

Stephanie Mills- The Wiz- Broadway- Ted Ross- Mabel King

Photo by Martha Swope on NYPL.org


Ken Page as the Lion in the Broadway replacement cast of The Wiz, 1977

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Ted Ross & Andre De Shields in The Wiz, 1974

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Stephanie Mills with Broadway replacement cast of The Wiz, 1978

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Photo by Martha Swope on NYPL.org


Bobby Hill (C) w. "Poppies" in a scene from the Bus & Truck tour of The Wiz, 1978

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Photo by Martha Swope on NYPL.org


Stephanie Mills with Broadway replacement cast of The Wiz, 1978

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Photo by Martha Swope on NYPL.org


Michael Leslie in a publicity shot for the Broadway replacement cast of The Wiz, 1978

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Stephanie Mills & Ted Ross in a publicity still for The Wiz, 1974

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The Wiz airs on NBC on December 3.