‘The Wiz’ Will Be NBC’s Next Live Musical Special

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Get ready to ease on down the road with The Wiz Live! this holiday season on NBC.

After the success of “The Sound of Music Live!” and “Peter Pan Live”, NBC has decided that The Wiz will be its next live musical television event. The Wiz is the reimagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum with an all-black cast and set in an Oz with a fantastical urban twist. The play debuted on Broadway in 1975 and ran for four years; it also won a Tony for best musical. A film was made in 1978 which starred Diana Ross as Dorothy and Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow.

It was announced earlier this week that Stephanie Mills, who played Dorothy in the original Broadway production, will play Auntie Em. She is the first actor to be cast for the upcoming production. No word yet on who will be cast as Dorothy.

The Wiz Live! will hit center stage on December 3rd.

 

Stephanie is a 22-year-old English major and Mass Communications minor from Bryan, Texas (near Texas A&M). She loves finding interesting facts about her favorite movies. (Did you know that Robert Downey Jr. auditioned to be Daniel in "The Karate Kid"?) Along with a passion for books (specifically YA) and anything that has to do with pop culture, she is obsessed with Downton Abbey, Disney, glitter, Lana Del Rey, and 90's teen movies. She spends her spare time writing short stories and scouring the internet for new books to add to her never-ending wish list on Amazon. She hopes to one day work in the entertainment industry.
  • J David Moore

    I saw your well written article about The Wiz on Google Alerts. I am very close to the originators of the Broadway show. Did you know it won 7 TONY’s? This year is it’s 40th anniversary. After the NBC broadcast their is also a Broadway Run and a tour. The Original cast went on to do other huge shows and many still work on Broadway today. I am sending you a picture of the original cast album which would be a much better picture than the horrible movie starring the Hollywood stars and that horrible wig of Diana Ross. I really liked your article and that is the only reason I reached out from Pennsylvania. Keep up the great reporting.