Jerry Garcia

J*Company goes retro with 'The Wiz' musical in La Jolla

J*Company goes retro with 'The Wiz' musical in La Jolla

Beloved musical 'The Wiz' takes the stage Jan. 13-29, 2017 at Jewish Community Center, La Jolla

The signature number in the Tony Award-winning musical "The Wiz" is, of course, "Ease On Down the Road." But if the Scarecrow in J*Company Youth Theatre's upcoming production is any indication, maybe the tune should be "Truckin' ".

"My character is what you'd call a dead-head type," said 14-year-old Brendan Dallaire, who likens his incarnation of the Scarecrow to the Grateful Dead's late, great Jerry Garcia. This is not the only nod to the '60s, either. The Cowardly Lion is costumed like a Vietnam War-era Army...

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