The Wiz Live!  



A 3-hour LIVE production of the groundbreaking Broadway show that brought Oz to life in a funky sing-along journey down the yellow brick road

The Wiz Live! (2015)

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Winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Wiz was a massive Broadway hit which spawned a dismal feature film starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Executive Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have assembled a Tony-winning creative team, the imaginative Cirque du Soleil Theatrical and a diverse cast of showstoppers designed to create an eye-popping new take on the musical unlike anything ever seen.

Director: Kenny Leon

Release Date: 2015-12-03
Status: Released
Run time: 111 min / 1:51
Production Company : NBC
Production Country: United States of America
Release Date: 2015-12-03
Status: Released
Run time: 111 min / 1:51

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Casts

Mary J. Blige
as Evillene
Uzo Aduba
as Glinda the Good
Queen Latifah
as The Wiz
Amber Riley
as Addaperle
David Alan Grier
as The Cowardly Lion
Ne-Yo
as Tin-Man
Common
as The Bouncer
Shanice Williams
as Dorthy Gale
Stephanie Mills
as Auntie Em
Elijah Kelley
as Scarecrow

Crew

Directing Kenny Leon Director
Production Craig Zadan Executive Producer
Production Neil Meron Executive Producer
Crew Fatima Robinson Choreographer
Production Javier Winnik Supervising Producer
Production Donna Suchan Producer
Production Abbie Brady-Dalton Casting
Production Bernard Telsey Casting
Art Derek McLane Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Christen Edwards Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Dave Elsey Makeup Designer
Costume & Make-Up Lou Elsey Makeup Designer
Crew Danny Wagner Makeup Effects
Production Rebecca Ikler Production Manager
Production Steven H. Kaplan Production Manager
Directing Robin Abraham Assistant Director
Directing Adam Mishler Assistant Director

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  • However the Wiz live with the new cast was entertaining and fun. What was missing was the warm claps of appreciation from a live audience after each spectacular performance. Kudos to the girl who played Dorothy who held her own surrounded by the mega talent on that stage.

  • Fittingly, “The Wiz” is probably also the best production NBC has put out, despite itchy fingers lining up to live tweet the entire affair.

  • Audience Reviews for The Wiz Live! NBC's best live musical yet! Shanice Williams has a dazzling voice and sassy moves, and I like her more yearning rendition of "Home," though I do enjoy the ...

  • The most important elements in the success of The Wiz Live! come from Leon and Robinson and their accumulation of a rather remarkable assortment of talent to populate the stages at Grumman Studios.

  • The Wiz Live! certainly proves that musicals have a place on television right now – and not just in late-night monologue jokes. Mere minutes into NBC’s broadcast of The Wiz Live! you could ...

  • Based on the Tony Award winning Broadway Musical, "The Wiz," NBC seeks to recreate the 1974 musical adored by fans. NBC broadcast their live version of "The Wiz" on Dec. 3, 2015, at 8 p.m. Having watched their version of "Peter Pan Live," I was extremely skeptical that this production would be successful. However, I found myself pleasantly surprised.

  • Parents need to know that The Wiz Live! is a telecast of the Broadway musical The Wiz, in celebration of the show's 40th anniversary. The likes of Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, and David Alan Grier surround newcomer Shanice Williams, who plays Dorothy in this adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. The story is excellent for families, with an impressive soundtrack, stunning costumes, and some clear themes about friendship, love, and what defines a family.

  • The Wiz Live actually pays homage to the musical's stage roots and basically creates the best Broadway theater stage of all time, with video screens behind the actors creating background sets that can change at a moment's notice if need be with amazing backdrops, great effects, and even a floor that can change appearances when necessary.

  • Here’s a few other things that stood our for us from our time spent watching The Wiz (right up until the poppies): Stephanie Mills- The Wiz Live!- Review by The He Said She Said Experience. Stephanie Mills. This lady is so talented. Her performance was quietly powerful, grounding the first minutes of the special in an elegantly familiar manner.

  • For “The Wiz Live!,” which Kenny Leon directed, the ambition moved in the opposite direction, with a kind of minimalism, relatively speaking.But with live, televised theater, that efficiency ...