The Wiz Live! is a brand new adaptation of the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz, which was later made into a movie starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. It is a soul and R&B reinterpretation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with an celebrity-studded, African-American cast. And, Stephanie Mills, who actually originated the role of Dorothy in The Wiz, is now playing Aunt Em. There will also be special acrobatic performers for the “Tornado”, “Emerald City”, and “Funky Monkeys” scenes in the show.
DATE: December 3, 2015
TIME: 8:00 p.m. ET/PT
CHANNEL: NBC – Check with your local TV provider (ie. Verizon FIOS, Optimum, etc.) – Click here for the NBC Channel Finder.
LIVESTREAM: Click here to get the details on how to watch the show live online.
LOCATION: Grumman Studios in Bethpage, New York
Shanice Williams as Dorothy Gale
Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow
Ne-Yo as the Tin Man
David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion
Queen Latifah as the Wiz
Mary J. Blige as Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West
Uzo Aduba as Glinda, the Good Witch of the South
Amber Riley as Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North
Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em
Common as the Bouncer, the gatekeeper of the entrance to Emerald City
Olutayo is the head crow.
WRITTEN BY: Harvey Fierstein
DIRECTORS: Kenny Leon and Matthew Diamond