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Stephanie Mills, Orfeh and Lucas Steele Sign on for Broadway Belts For Pff!

Stephanie Mills The Wiz, Orfeh Legally Blonde, Lucas Steele Natasha, Pierre amp The Great Comet Of 1812 and NBC's Gus Rosendale will join Stephanie J. Block Falsettos, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, Mandy Gonzalez Hamilton, In The Heights, Mario Cantone 'The View', Robert Creighton Cagney, Randy Graff City Of Angels, The Babylon Line, to perform at the seventh annual Broadway Belts For Pff hosted by the one-and-only actress and comedienne Julie Halston.
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NAACP Image Awards: Taraji P. Henson Says ‘We Don’t Need to Ask for Acceptance From Anyone’

NAACP Image Awards: Taraji P. Henson Says ‘We Don’t Need to Ask for Acceptance From Anyone’
Hollywood’s elite celebrated the year’s efforts to diversify entertainment Friday night at the NAACP Image Awards, where awards season diversity reigned as a hot topic in the wake of the controversy surrounding 2016’s Oscar nominations.

“We don’t need to ask for acceptance from anyone. We are enough, we’ve been enough and we always will be enough,” said “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson while accepting her award for outstanding actress in a drama series. “Empire” and “black-ish” topped the television category, both winning three awards.

Creed’s” Michael B. Jordan also won big, grabbing the awards for outstanding actor in a motion picture and entertainer of the year. “Straight Outta Compton” was honored with the award for outstanding motion picture.

“We need to do away with the myth that black film doesn’t have a foreign market, because it does,” “Scandal’s” Joe Morton told Variety before the show,
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NAACP Image Awards: Taraji P. Henson Says ‘We Don’t Need to Ask for Acceptance From Anyone’

NAACP Image Awards: Taraji P. Henson Says ‘We Don’t Need to Ask for Acceptance From Anyone’
Hollywood’s elite celebrated the year’s efforts to diversify entertainment Friday night at the NAACP Image Awards, where awards season diversity reigned as a hot topic in the wake of the controversy surrounding 2016’s Oscar nominations.

“We don’t need to ask for acceptance from anyone. We are enough, we’ve been enough and we always will be enough,” said “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson while accepting her award for outstanding actress in a drama series. “Empire” and “black-ish” topped the television category, both winning three awards.

Creed’s” Michael B. Jordan also won big, grabbing the awards for outstanding actor in a motion picture and entertainer of the year. “Straight Outta Compton” was honored with the award for outstanding motion picture.

“We need to do away with the myth that black film doesn’t have a foreign market, because it does,” “Scandal’s” Joe Morton told Variety before the show,
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‘Creed,’ ‘Empire,’ ‘Black-ish’ Lead NAACP Image Award Nominations

‘Creed,’ ‘Empire,’ ‘Black-ish’ Lead NAACP Image Award Nominations
Creed” and “Straight Outta Compton” led the 47th NAACP Image Awards nominations on the film front, while “Empire” and “Black-ish” dominated the TV categories.

The nominees were announced Tuesday at a press conference held at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

Creed” and “Compton” both scored outstanding motion picture noms, along with “Beasts of No Nation,” “Concussion” and “Dope.” Both dramas were also recognized in the supporting actor/actress fields (“Compton’s” Corey Hawkins and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. for outstanding supporting actor, and “Creed’s” Phylicia Rashad and Tessa Thompson for outstanding supporting actress), writing (Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman for “Compton,” and Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington for “Creed”) and directing (F. Gary Gray for “Compton” and Ryan Coogler for “Creed”). “Creed” topped “Compton” by a single nomination (for a total of six) with a nom for Michael B. Jordan for outstanding actor in a motion picture.
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‘Creed,’ ‘Empire,’ ‘Black-ish’ Lead NAACP Image Award Nominations

‘Creed,’ ‘Empire,’ ‘Black-ish’ Lead NAACP Image Award Nominations
Creed” and “Straight Outta Compton” led the 47th NAACP Image Awards nominations on the film front, while “Empire” and “Black-ish” dominated the TV categories.

The nominees were announced Tuesday at a press conference held at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

Creed” and “Compton” both scored outstanding motion picture noms, along with “Beasts of No Nation,” “Concussion” and “Dope.” Both dramas were also recognized in the supporting actor/actress fields (“Compton’s” Corey Hawkins and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. for outstanding supporting actor, and “Creed’s” Phylicia Rashad and Tessa Thompson for outstanding supporting actress), writing (Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman for “Compton,” and Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington for “Creed”) and directing (F. Gary Gray for “Compton” and Ryan Coogler for “Creed”). “Creed” topped “Compton” by a single nomination (for a total of six) with a nom for Michael B. Jordan for outstanding actor in a motion picture.
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Stage Tube: Ease on Down the Road All Over Again with NBC's Full Broadcast of The Wiz Live!

NBC aired its colorful holiday production of The Wiz Live last night, featuring newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy alongside Grammy and Golden Globe-winner Queen Latifah as the Wizard, nine-time Grammy-winner Mary J. Blige as Evillene, original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills, as Auntie Em and David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion. Whether you missed the special presentation when it aired or just want to re-live the amazing journey through Oz, watch the entire show below
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NBC's The Wiz Live! Coming to DVD Later This Month!

NBC's musical television production of The Wiz Live stars world-class performers and recording artists including Queen Latifah Chicago, Mary J. Blige Empire, Ne-Yo Red Tails, and David Alan Grier In Living Color. Staying true to the groundbreaking Broadway show that put a vivid urban spin on the land of Oz, this fresh new trip down the yellow brick road also stars Common Being Charlie, Elijah Kelley Hairspray, Uzo Aduba Orange is the New Black, Amber Riley Glee, Stephanie Mills The Love Boat, and newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy. Also included on the DVD will be the NBC special, The Making of The Wiz Live, featuring the behind-the-scenes story of producing this live television event
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See The Wiz's Show-Stopping Musical Numbers, Including Shanice Williams' "Home"

See The Wiz's Show-Stopping Musical Numbers, Including Shanice Williams'
Shanice Williams, take your victory lap. The Wiz Live! star became just that, a star last night. The 18-year-old newcomer from New Jersey helped make NBC's latest live musical a hit, easily tackling the classics from the show, including "Home" and "Ease on Down the Road." Executive producer Neil Meron said it best. "Definitely a star is born. Get ready, America. This is only the first time people are going to be seeing Shanice Williams," he told us prior to the show's debut. See Williams tackle "Home" below. In The Wiz Live, an all-star cast including Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley, David Alan Grier, Stephanie Mills, Amber Riley, Uzo Aduba, Common, Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah joined...
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'The Wiz Live!': TV Review

'The Wiz Live!': TV Review
Twitter turned out on Thursday (Dec. 3) night ready and eager for a favorite new annual tradition: Eviscerating an NBC live musical for cheap sets, incoherent direction, unimaginative choreography and bland stars getting upstaged by Broadway veterans in all-too-tiny cameos. Curses. It took less than five minutes for NBC's The Wiz Live! to crush dreams of an evening spent in glorious communal mockery, as Dorothy (revelatory newcomer Shanice Williams) was whisked away from her disappointing prairie life (and non-disappointing Aunt Em, played by Original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills) in a nightmarish maelstrom of digital twister effects augmented by

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TV Review: ‘The Wiz Live!’

TV Review: ‘The Wiz Live!’
That 1975 Tony award notwithstanding, “The Wiz” isn’t among the greatest of musicals, but practically speaking, it was certainly a shrewd choice for NBC’s third annual live extravaganza: Not only is it a family project, but its star-studded African-American cast created the prospect of attracting demographics that might have passed on the more-grounded-than-hoped-for “Peter Pan.” Graced with fitful acrobatics courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil, the production exploded with color and impressive vocal performances. Yet the producers still haven’t fully overcome the somewhat ironic challenge of how to make these live presentations consistently exhibit sparks of life.

Casting an unknown in the central role, as opposed to going with marquee leads, appeared to mitigate some of the live snark factor, and also offered a welcome sense of discovery. In terms of pipes, Shanice Williams more than held her own as Dorothy – no small feat, alongside the likes of Mary J. Blige,
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The Wiz Live: 16 Best, Worst and Wackiest Moments!

The Wiz Live: 16 Best, Worst and Wackiest Moments!
Coming off last year’s so-so Peter Pan Live!, the pressure was on 2015’s candidate, The Wiz Live (what happened to the exclamation point?) to restore health and good vibrations to NBC’s holiday-season, live-musical franchise.

I’m pleased to report, then, that won’t nobody bring you no bad news. Led by newcomer Shanice Williams, Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige, actual queen Queen Latifah and Stephanie Mills (aka Broadway’s original Dorothy), The Wiz Live was a gorgeously sung, technically solid and surprisingly zippy two hours and 45 minutes.

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‘The Wiz’ Live Stream: How to Watch Online

‘The Wiz’ Live Stream: How to Watch Online
NBC will offer a live stream of the all-star musical “The Wiz Live!” on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt.

You can watch it here.

Based on the 1975 Broadway play, which won seven Tonys, “The Wiz” co-stars Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Shanice Williams, David Alan Grier , Ne-yo, Elijah Kelley, Amber Riley, Stephanie Mills,Uzo Aduba and Common.

It is executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who led NBC’s past two live Broadway projects, “Peter Pan” and “The Sound of Music.”
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The Wiz Live! Airs Tonight: Watch to Find Out Everything You Need to Know About the Show!

The Wiz Live! Airs Tonight: Watch to Find Out Everything You Need to Know About the Show!
The Wiz Live! airs tonight! The highly-anticipated NBC musical event airs at 8 p.m., so there's just a couple of hours left for everyone to prepare. So what do you need to know? First of all, this cast is awesome. Mary J. Blige is Evillene the Wicked Witch, Queen Latifah is The Wiz, David Alan Grier is the Cowardly Lion, Ne-Yo is the Tin Man, Uzo Aduba is Glinda the Good Witch, Elijah Kelley is the Scarecrow, Common is the Bouncer, Amber Riley is Addapearle the Good Witch, Stephanie Mills is Aunt Em and Shanice Williams is Dorothy! Watch the E! News video above to find out what else you can expect on the show! Be sure to watch The Wiz Live! tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC. (E! and...
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The Wiz Live! Stars Ne-Yo and David Alan Grier Are Only Worried About This One Critic's Review

The Wiz Live! Stars Ne-Yo and David Alan Grier Are Only Worried About This One Critic's Review
Excited for The Wiz Live! tonight? So are we, and so is Ne-Yo, who plays the Tin-Man in the gigantic live production of the beloved musical. "I grew up on The Wiz [the 1978 movie] and was a huge fan of the film," the singer told E! News. "I never got to see the Broadway production, but I know that Stephanie Mills was the original Dorothy, and now she's Auntie Em for this one, and it's just full circle." "I am beyond honored to be a part of this," said Ne-Yo. "The Wiz, for us—and when I say us I mean African Americans—it was our version of The Wizard of Oz, but we don't want to even go into this like that. We want this to be more of a universal thing. There's a...
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Laughs, Tears and Wizardry: Behind the Scenes of ‘The Wiz Live’s’ Final Dress Rehearsal

Laughs, Tears and Wizardry: Behind the Scenes of ‘The Wiz Live’s’ Final Dress Rehearsal
David Alan Grier loosened up by joking around in a faux Shakespearean actor voice.

Limber dancers in creature costumes, ranging from furry winged warriors to sexy poppies to sassy crows milled around the edges of the stage, where members of the off-stage chorus gathered around a rack of headphones to wait for their cues. Shanice Williams, the bubbly ingenue of NBC’s “The Wiz Live,” was primped and hugged and quizzed about when she ate last in the moments before the start of Wednesday night’s final dress rehearsal.

If “The Wiz” team was feeling the pressure leading up to tonight’s live telecast, they weren’t showing it. Wednesday’s runthrough went smoothly and clocked in on time, a big concern for a network with any live event.

“Wiz” is the third live musical event that NBC has staged under the leadership of NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, who
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So You Wanted to Meet the Cast? Stephanie Mills Weighs in on Shanice Williams: 'She's Going to Be a Superstar'

We are another day closer to NBC's highly-anticipated musical special, The Wiz Live,which airs Thursday, December 3, at 8PM7c. The production will star newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy alongside Grammy and Golden Globe-winner Queen Latifah as the Wizard, nine-time Grammy-winner Mary J. Blige as Evillene, original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills, as Auntie Em and David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion.
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Bww Feature: Musical Histories of The Wiz Live!'s Native Ozians, Queen Latifah, Common, Stephanie Mills

In anticipation of this star-studded event, over the next few days, we are going to be looking at the impressive musical careers and when possible, musical theatre careers of The Wiz Live stars. Today, we are going to throw open the gates of the Emerald City and look at the stars making their home in Oz. First, Queen Latifah as The Wizard of Oz, then Common as the Bouncer, and finally Stephanie Mills as Auntie Em. While Auntie Em never actually does make it to Oz, since Mills has been a major part in the journey of The Wiz for over 40 years, I think it is safe to say that she is an official Ozian
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Andre De Shields to Talk The Wiz, New Musical Gotta Dance on News 4 NY Live Tonight

Andre De Shields talks The Wiz and Gotta Dance live tonight Monday, November 23 with NBC-tv's Janice Huff on News 4 New York at 700 Pm. De Shields, who created the title role in the original 1975 Broadway production of the landmark musical which won 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, will talk about the show's 40th anniversary, the upcoming The Wiz Live which airs on NBC December 3 at 8 Pm Et and his current show Gotta Dance.
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Watch The Wiz Live! Stars Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah Sing, Dance, and Be Very, Very Fabulous

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Watch The Wiz Live! Stars Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah Sing, Dance, and Be Very, Very Fabulous
After unveiling a few promo stills last week, NBC has started to ease The Wiz Live! on down to its release date, which means that we've gotten a few more glimpses of the big event. In a newly released promo, Mary J. Blige's sings and also shouts "I hate water!" which is all we ever wanted from Mary J. Blige. And, if you were distracted by all that hydrophobia, take a moment to gaze in admiration at her very glam Wicked Witch of the West outfit.If that wasn't enough, here's Queen Latifah crooning a few bars as the titular Wiz. Common, Amber Riley, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley, Amber Riley, Stephanie Mills, David Alan Grier, Uzo Aduba, and Shanice Williams also star in the show. Will The Wiz be good? Who knows! Will it set Twitter aflame? Definitely.
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The Wiz Live!: See the First Photos of Mary J. Blige as the Wicked Witch of the West

The Wiz Live!: See the First Photos of Mary J. Blige as the Wicked Witch of the West
Something wicked this way comes – and it's Mary J. Blige!

The singer is currently in rehearsals for NBC's upcoming musical event The Wiz Live! and the first photos of her in costume as Evilene (a.k.a. the Wicked Witch of the West) were released on Friday.

Blige's costume is just the latest wickedly awesome look from the show to be revealed leading up to the December telecast.

"We're creating a fantasy land that also is inspired by some of the imagery you'd see today," Tony-nominated costume designer Paul Tazewell told People in October. "It's the edgiest of high-fashion from
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