The Wiz Live! Reviews

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March 7, 2018
At last, a live show done right.
December 9, 2015
This show was a treat to watch. Please, NBC: remember to keep making them this good.
December 8, 2015
Brilliant, star-studded performance is great family fare.
December 7, 2015
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.
Top Critic
December 7, 2015
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
Maybe the sincere production of The Wiz Live! will inspire young theater lovers, but it didn't soar.
December 5, 2015
While it may not be enough to renew every musical-lover's faith in live-to-TV performances, The Wiz Live! certainly proves that musicals have a place on television right now - and not just in late-night monologue jokes.
December 4, 2015
A noble effort with flashes of amusement and an abundance of talent, the new version of The Wiz on Thursday night couldn't overcome a few key flaws and the fact that this simply isn't a classic piece of material.
December 4, 2015
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
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.
December 4, 2015
NBC's annual musical finally lived up to the hype, the hope and the promise of great live TV. "The Wiz Live!" last night was expertly cast and lavishly produced and introduced the world to a new superstar.
December 4, 2015
It was exuberant, and even a little cocky. It was different from anything else NBC has aired all year, but hopefully its success will inspire more programs like it in the future.
December 4, 2015
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
Worse, but by now traditional, the pacing was patchy, leaving weird holes in the action through which the show's energy seeped away. Neither the stage direction (by Kenny Leon) nor the camera direction (by Matthew Diamond) solved those problems.
December 4, 2015
It was fantastic. Where the others felt unintentionally campy and ridiculous, or downright strained and awkward, The Wiz had it figured out.
December 4, 2015
This trip to Oz had plenty of magic and a ton of soul.
December 4, 2015
Smarts, heart and nerve: The Wiz Live! had it all.
December 4, 2015
From the sets and digital effects to Kenny Leon's direction and Fatima Robinson's choreography, the show looked pretty close to ready for Broadway
December 4, 2015
The Wiz Live! was, wouldn't you know it, actually pretty good.
December 4, 2015
You can blame nostalgia for the original musical. But even if you don't believe it's a brand new day, it's nice to still love the old one.
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