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The Wiz Live! (2015)

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Critic Consensus: The Wiz Live! is several notches above NBC's other musical broadcasts thanks to bold performances and large-scale production pieces.

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NBC embarks on its latest musical holiday tradition: a 3-hour LIVE event production of the groundbreaking Broadway show that brought Oz to life in a funky sing-along journey down the yellow brick road. -- (C) NBC

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Cast

Mary J. Blige
as Evillene
David Alan Grier
as Cowardly Lion
Uzo Aduba
as Glinda
Common
as Bouncer
Ne-Yo
as Tin Man
Stephanie Mills
as Auntie Em
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Critic Reviews for The Wiz Live!

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (21)

This show was a treat to watch. Please, NBC: remember to keep making them this good.

December 9, 2015 | Full Review…

If Thursday night's The Wiz Live! shared the exuberant punctuation of 2013's The Sound of Music Live! and last year's Peter Pan Live!, it surpassed both of those previous efforts in terms of energy, spirit, and watchability.

December 7, 2015 | Full Review…

At a time when the country is reeling... there is no better time to experience a soothing, expertly executed celebration of family, friendship and black culture.

December 7, 2015 | Full Review…
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Maybe the sincere production of The Wiz Live! will inspire young theater lovers, but it didn't soar.

December 7, 2015 | Full Review…

The most important elements in the success of The Wiz Live! come from Leon and Robinson and their accumulation of a rather remarkable assortment of talent to populate the stages at Grumman Studios.

December 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Imagine that: a TV musical you could enjoy and not just hate-watch for the sake of a few pithy tweets. NBC might well be on the right track.

December 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wiz Live!

NBC's best live musical yet! Shanice Williams has a dazzling voice and sassy moves, and I like her more yearning rendition of "Home," though I do enjoy the casting of the original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills, as Auntie Em. Elijah Kelley is a groovin' powerhouse, and I wish there were more song and dance roles for him. The story and songs got a bit repetitive by the end, Common looked like he was actively not acting, and Queen Latifah as the Wiz seemed an interesting choice but with lackluster execution. Nevertheless, it has been the most professional production so far with probably the highest energy and most vibrant (but not tacky) design.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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