"The Wiz," which played to sell-out audiences at the Kennedy Center Opera House last summer, will be back in Washington for a return engagement beginning March 21. This time it will enliven the stage of the National Theater after "Chorus Line" closes.
Winner of seven Tony awards, the hip-and-jive version of "The Wizard of Oz" features Renee Harris as Dorothy.
Performances at the National Theater will be Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m, Sunday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
There will be performances in both Spanish and English when the Gala Hispanic Theater stages the Peruvian musical comedy, "El Fabricante de Deudas." In English, that translates to "The Debt Builder," which gives a clue to playwright Sebastian Salazar Bondy's satirical target -- financier-speculators who use cheating, swindling and the credit system to amass money.
The Spanish version runs March 3 through 11 after a preview March 1 and an invitation-only benefit March 2. Performances in English are March 15-25; with a dark house March 23.
For information, call 332-8762. Gala is a non-profit, community experimental theater that operates in a converted townhouse at 2319 18th St. NW.
"Robin Goodfellow," a children's play adapted from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," will be staged by the University of Maryland theater division with both general public and school performances scheduled.
The first public performance will be at 8 p.m. Friday with 1 and 3 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. It will be staged in the Gallery of the Tawes Theater on the College Park campus.
The military will be doing a satire of the business world Friday and Saturday with the final two performances of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.
"How to Succeed," presented by the Naval Academy Glee Club, is the annual winter musical production offered by midshipmen. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday shows may be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling (301) 2673464 and leaving a recorded message.
A new version of the Homeric epic of "Ulysses" -- with mime, singing, dancing and masks -- will come to the Kennedy Center with two public performances for youngsters in fourth grade or older. The Contemporary Theater of Seattle, the first equity children's theater in the Northwest, will prform in the new Terrace Theater.
Tickets will be available at 10 a.m. Saturday at the children's desk in the North Gallery for the performances at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
At 1:45 p.m., there will be a "Learn to Dance Like the Greeks" workshop with dancers and musicians under Heleni Kotsenos demonstrating the dances in the North Gallery.
The Glenmont Players are looking for a Lorelei and also gentlemen who prefer blondes.
For their second production of the season, the Players will present "Lorelei" in May and are holding open auditions at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, March 2, and March 5 at the Glenmont United Methodist Church, Georgia Avenue and Weller Road, Wheaton. Call 9467399 for information.
Alan Mintz, a mime performer with the Archaesus Mime Troupe, will give a series of original solo works titled "Masks, Dreams, and Illusion" at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Kreeger Recital Hall at American University.