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With April Nicole
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 11:19 AM

NBC Brings the Broadway Classic “The Wiz” Live to Prime Time Television

By: April Nicole

Emerald Green has doused our timelines and is now covering billboards all over town building the anticipation for the holiday classic “The Wiz”. While most are familiar with the rendition that starred Diana Ross and the late great Michael Jackson, this LIVE viewing has been casted with this generations A-Listers.

Reproducing a Broadway Musical that has won seven Tony Awards would seem to be an enormous feat to turn this classic into a modern day hit. With an all-star cast featuring Queen Latifah as The Wiz and Cirque De Soleil theatrical team adding the finishing touches audiences will have an entertaining masterpiece that is sure to leave the whole family inspired.

The cherry on top may be the melodic voices of Mary J. Blige, Common, Ne-Yo and Stephanie Mills who are all casted in major roles. Uzo Aduba will not be in her typical orange jumpsuit as she plays the role of Glinda and 19 year old newcomer Shanice Williams will keep us on the edge of our seats as she graces us with her first major performance as Dorothy.

Easing on down the road as the Cowardly Lion is funny man David Alan Grier, Elijah Kelley as Scarecrow and Amber Riley as Adaperle. The Executive Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have methodically placed each cast member in an intricate place that promises to give The Wiz LIVE a new place in the hearts of fans that have been watching this classic for years.

NBC is setting the bar high for Holiday Classics and has ensured that the family will have an awesome way to start their December to Remember.

Make sure to tune in December 3,2015 at 8/7 C on NBC.

For more information about the show and the cast visit www.nbc.com/The-Wiz-Live