Forty years after it took home seven Tony Awards® on Broadway, including Best Musical, The Wiz will sing and dance its way into the homes of millions on Thursday night, Dec. 3.
The Wiz LIVE! is the third live event production from NBC. It follows 2014’s Peter Pan LIVE!, starring Allison Williams, and 2013’s The Sound of Music LIVE!, which starred Carrie Underwood and drew more than 18 million viewers. According to the network, the 3-hour production is true to “the groundbreaking Broadway show that brought OZ to life in a funky sing-along journey down the yellow brick road.”
The show’s all-star cast features:
- Queen Latifah – The Wiz
- Mary J. Blige – Evillene
- David Alan Grier – Cowardly Lion
- Uzo Aduba – Glinda
- Amber Riley – Addaperle
- Elijah Kelley – Scarecrow
- Common – Bouncer
- Ne-Yo – Tin Man
- Stephanie Mills – Auntie Em
- Shanice Williams – Dorothy
Executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who collaborated on The Sound of Music LIVE! and Peter Pan LIVE!, lead the new production with a Tony-winning creative team and support from Cirque du Soleil Theatrical.
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