NBC announced they will be continuing their new holiday tradition of broadcasting live shows with “The Wiz LIVE!” this year. The Wiz LIVE will broadcast on NBC on December 3, 2015. Executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Producers of “Peter Pan LIVE!,” “The Sound of Music LIVE!,” Oscar-winning “Hairspray” and “Chicago”) teamed up with Cirque du Soleil this year for an entirely new experience.
The Wiz LIVE stars Emmy award winners Queen Latifah and Uzo Aduba, Academy Award winner Common, and Grammy winners Mary J. Blige and Ne-Yo. The cast also features David Alan Grier, Amber Riley, Stephanie Mills, Elijah Kelly, and breakout star Shanice Williams as Dorothy. This production will also showcase the upcoming stage revival of “The Wiz,” as it will be transferred to Broadway after this television debut. The show is directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (“A Raisin in the Sun,” “Fences”) in collaboration with another Tony winner, Harvey Fierstein (“Kinky Boots,” “Newsies,” “La Cage aux Folles”), who has provided additional material for the book.
'The Wiz' is an adaptation of the original musical 'The Wizard of Oz' retold from an African-American/multicultural perspective. With a book by William F. Brown, and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, 'The Wiz' opened on Broadway in 1975 and won several Tony Awards including Best Musical. You won’t want to miss this highly anticipated show.