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The Wiz Live! (2015)

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A live production of the 1975 Broadway musical, "The Wiz," which put a modern spin on the classic "Wizard of Oz" tale with a cast of African-American actors.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Common ... The Bouncer
Amber Riley ... Addapearle
Uzo Aduba ... Glinda the Good Witch of the South
Stephanie Mills Stephanie Mills ... Auntie Em
Elijah Kelley ... Scarecrow
Ne-Yo ... Tin-Man
David Alan Grier ... The Cowardly Lion
Mary J. Blige ... Evillene
Shanice Williams ... Dorothy Gale
Queen Latifah ... The Wiz
Chris Borrero Chris Borrero ... Ensemble / Cirque
Olutayo Bosede Olutayo Bosede ... Ensemble
James Brown III ... Crow
Ilia Jessica Castro Ilia Jessica Castro ... Ensemble
Kacie Noel Garland Kacie Noel Garland ... Ensemble
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A live production of the 1975 Broadway musical, "The Wiz," which put a modern spin on the classic "Wizard of Oz" tale with a cast of African-American actors.

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Ease on down the road to Oz!


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TV-G
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USA

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English

Release Date:

3 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wiz Live! See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Kenny Leon has explained that he cast Queen Latifah as the Wiz because he believes that anyone can play the Wiz, even though a man usually plays him. Leon previously directed Queen Latifah for Steel Magnolias (2012). See more »

Quotes

Glinda the Good: Hello, Dorothy! Now, it is a pleasure to finally meet you up close, and not see you from far away.
Dorothy Gale: From far away?
Glinda the Good: I've had my eye on you every step of the way.
Dorothy Gale: I think I already knew that. I always felt like someone was watching over me.
Glinda the Good: Now, that's the power of love, baby! You're never alone. Your Auntie Em and all the others have been keepin' watch over you.
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What Would I Do if I Could Feel
Written by Charlie Smalls
Performed by Ne-Yo
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if I wanted to hear screaming, I'd go to a playground
5 December 2015 | by clearthinkernowSee all my reviews

I don't think I've ever actually seen The Wiz before. I do remember the commercials and all the interviews back when Michael Jackson's version was made, but don't recall seeing the entire movie. Perhaps it's time to check it out now. For a big-name production and, I'm sure a big financial commitment by NBC, this is a sad mess. Some of the songs have become iconic, but the renditions here show each performer trying to make his or her "mark" by screaming out the songs. Screaming may be in vogue right now, but it is not pleasing nor does it actually showcase a singer's talent. I found it so annoying, I had to force myself to sit through the entire production. The reason we enjoys musicals is so that we can live through the songs with the story. If I'm gritting my teeth and grimacing throughout, I'm not enjoying. Skip this version. Unfortunately another loss for NBC live productions.

The story of The Wiz should be light and airy. This one was so angry that I would have ended viewing if children had been present. We never saw Dorothy scowl before. Speaking of children, Dorothy, who is a child, had the shortest skirt NBC could get away with. I am appalled that, even with children, we cannot seem to have modest clothing. The actress did not have a slip on either. Her turns showed all the way up. This version is definitely not for children or anyone who appreciates fine theatre or their hearing.


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