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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 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 James Brown III ... Crow
Ilia Jessica Castro Ilia Jessica Castro ... Ensemble
Kacie Noel Garland Kacie Noel Garland ... Ensemble


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!








Release Date:

3 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wiz Live! See more »

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16:9 HD
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Elijah Kelley and Ne-Yo both starred in Red Tails (2012). See more »


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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The Feeling We Once Had
Written by Charlie Smalls
Performed by Stephanie Mills
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Overall a decent, yet flawed, production!
5 December 2015 | by johnat_oneSee all my reviews

I am amazed at the reviewer who make the claim and that David Alan Grier as the lion was OK but not sure if he were Broadway material. That is laughable firstly because he was probably the best actor in the whole production of the Wiz live! And gave the necessary histrionics that were needed for this theatrical production. Secondly, he has been in several Broadway plays and musicals as the star and actually was nominated for a Tony for Best Male performance in his very first outing in a Broadway musical playing Jackie Robinson the famed baseball player. I feel that this production of The Wiz was flawed but had much to recommend it. Shanice is an up and coming star and has a wonderful voice. If she were only slightly occasionally off key, it was probably due to nerves. Anyone in their first production and a live televised one at that would probably have a case of the nerves. My main fault with this production is what it has been for the other NBC live productions: the producers should be less concerned with ratings by placing pop stars in the major roles and place more emphasis on the acting by getting solid, proved actors to play the lead roles. Mary J Blige is not an actress. Queen Latifah, although having starred in several films, was totally miscast as the Wiz. I thought the actor who played the scarecrow was quite weak. However Neyo as the tin-man proved to be one of the better actors and singers as well. Overall not bad! Certainly a better production, though not smooth in its execution, then the past two. Maybe they are getting better as they go and the next will far exceed even this one. We can only hope!

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