The Wiz Live! Reviews

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December 9, 2015
This show was a treat to watch. Please, NBC: remember to keep making them this good.
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 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
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
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.
December 4, 2015
The Wiz certainly raised the bar with its fresh and unique take.
December 4, 2015
The Wiz Live! had courage, heart, brains, and one of the catchiest musical scores ever written. Really, what more could you ask for?
December 4, 2015
Queen Latifah blew away memories of Wizards past.
December 4, 2015
Now that's how you ease a TV musical on down the road to success.
December 4, 2015
Grading on a curve, The Wiz ranks as the most satisfying of NBC's three efforts.
December 4, 2015
As much as Dorothy wants to go home, the Scarecrow needs a brain, the Tin-Man desires a heart, or the Cowardly Lion longs for a spine, NBC coveted a hit: The Wizard delivered.
December 4, 2015
An abundance of commercials and a striking lack of Toto didn't keep The Wiz Live! from being NBC's best holiday production yet.
December 4, 2015
The Wiz is by far NBC's most sophisticated live musical broadcast yet; it's also one that felt, movingly, of its time.
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