On Dec 3, 8/7 central, The Wiz is heading back to its roots – the stage – and will be performed live on NBC. Directed by Kenny Leon (he directed Lifetime’s 2012 Steel Magnolias remake), The Wiz Live! will continue the tradition of NBC’s recent trend of live musical performances.
We can’t wait to see the show, and here are five reasons why!
1. It will feed our taste for nostalgia.
The Wiz is one of our most beloved movies and Broadway musicals. Both productions brought a new, fresh perspective to the classic tale of The Wizard of Oz but stayed true to the story’s main elements.
Watching The Wiz around the holidays is like wearing a cup of hot cocoa – it’s familiar and good for your soul. NBC’s The Wiz Live! is sure to be added to the collection.
2. We’re excited for newcomer Shanice Williams.
The Wiz on Broadway introduced the masses to powerhouse Stephanie Mills when she played Dorothy. Being that this is Williams’ first major role, we didn’t know what to expect (Williams was selected from an open casting call with NBC). But based on the bits that we’ve heard in rehearsals, she will have no problem holding her own among the greats.
3. We get to see our favorite stars in one entire production.
Talk about brain overload! Let’s have a look at the cast: David Alan Grier, Ne-Yo, Queen Latifah, Uzo Aduba, Elijah Kelley, Mary J. Blige, Common, and more. And more! How star-studded can this get? This is literally the talent portion of your family reunion when your cousins went all in, and you’re happy they did.
4. It’s a great time to see us on television.
We’re being represented on television more than ever, so to have a completely live production – so grand and rarely done anymore – is incredible.
5. It will set the tone for the holiday season.
Nothing’s better than sitting around the TV with multiple generations of your family watching something everyone can enjoy and cherish. The Wiz Live! will get your entire family in the holiday spirit.
Can’t watch on Dec 3rd? Watch The Wiz Live! available Dec. 4 with XFINITY on DemandTM, on XFINITY TV Go app and the NBC app.