#TheWizLive Coming to NBC Dec. 3 (PREVIEW VIDEO)

Ever since my mom introduced it to me, "The Wiz" has been one of my favorite musicals of all time. Next month on December 3, NBC will be presenting "The Wiz Live!" a live production of the 1975 Broadway musical "The Wiz". "The Wiz" was a latter-day spin on the original 1939 "The Wizard of Oz" movie based on a children's novel written by L. Frank Baum in 1900. What set "The Wiz" apart from "The Wizard of Oz" was the all Black cast and the introduction of African American music genres like funk, soul, jazz, and gospel. Actress and singer Stephanie Mills, who played the role of Dorothy in the Broadway series, will be playing Auntie Em in the "Live" show.


In 1978, Motown and Universal collaborated in taking the play to the big screen. The film starred Diana Ross as Dorothy alongside Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russel, Lena Horne, Richard Pryor, and Mabel King. Fans young and old would agree one of most iconic and favorite moments of this film was the "Ease On Down the Road" a funky contrast to "We're Off to See the Wizard" as Dorothy, Toto, the Tinman, Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow grooved down the yellow brick road.

The 2015 "Wiz" will be featuring newcomer actress and singer, 19 year old New Jersey native Shanice Willams who snagged the role as Dorothy and will be her first professional play. The young lady began singing in her church choir and has performed in several high school musicals prior to getting this amazing opportunity. Ms. Williams will be performing aside musical and acting legends like Queen Latifah, Common, David Alan Grier, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Uzo Aduba, and as previously mentioned, Ms. Stephanie Mills.

WATCH: "The Wiz Live!" Preview

I am absolutely ecstatic to see this production next month. The costumes look absolutely amazing and as a fashionista, I think my edges will be snatched when I see them live. I love the fact that Shanice Williams is a brand new, fresh face and she has a chance to get her shine on and show the world her talents. I will be sure to get in my pajamas, order a pizza, get my beverages, and prepare myself to watch this greatness next month. I will also be reviewing the show afterwards.

WATCH: "The Wiz Live!" Cast sings "Ease On Down the Road"

All this talk of "The Wiz" reminds me of the time Pam sang "Home" when she was competing against Gina to go on tour with Biggie.

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2 comments:

  1. JustPeachy12/12/2015

    Hey Sis, your tributaree friend here, how are you? Back to the post, this was a good stage version & they're bringing it back for a second showing. I'm sure you heard all about the ones who didn't like the black versions.

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  2. Hey sis, I'm so late replying, happy new year btw! And that sounds great and lol yes I just had to laugh at the foolishness

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