The Wiz Live!

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 33


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User Ratings: 100
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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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Critic Reviews for The Wiz Live!

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (3)

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

    Dec 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.

    Dec 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.

    Dec 7, 2015 | Full Review…

    Eric Deggans

    Top Critic
  • Maybe the sincere production of The Wiz Live! will inspire young theater lovers, but it didn't soar.

    Dec 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.

    Dec 4, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Everyone agrees, Shanice Williams will ease on down the road to super-stardom after this performance. Her voice was incredible and her performance top-notch.

    Dec 4, 2015 | Full Review…

    Brian Moylan

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Wiz Live!

  • Mar 23, 2016
    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 S Super Reviewer

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