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The Wiz Live! (2015)

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A live production of the 1975 Broadway musical, "The Wiz," which put a modern spin on the classic "Wizard of Oz" tale with a cast of African-American actors.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Common ... The Bouncer
Amber Riley ... Addapearle
Uzo Aduba ... Glinda the Good Witch of the South
Stephanie Mills Stephanie Mills ... Auntie Em
Elijah Kelley ... Scarecrow
Ne-Yo ... Tin-Man
David Alan Grier ... The Cowardly Lion
Mary J. Blige ... Evillene
Shanice Williams ... Dorothy Gale
Queen Latifah ... The Wiz
Chris Borrero Chris Borrero ... Ensemble / Cirque
Olutayo Bosede Olutayo Bosede ... Ensemble
James Brown III ... Crow
Ilia Jessica Castro Ilia Jessica Castro ... Ensemble
Kacie Noel Garland Kacie Noel Garland ... Ensemble
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A live production of the 1975 Broadway musical, "The Wiz," which put a modern spin on the classic "Wizard of Oz" tale with a cast of African-American actors.

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Ease on down the road to Oz!


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TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wiz Live! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

In The Wiz (1978), the Cowardly Lion's hair is curled. In this version, his hair is in locks. See more »

Quotes

Tin-Man: So, that's all there is to it? You just click your heels three times, and you get to go home.
Scarecrow: It makes no sense, so it must be so. You know, the truth is like that.
The Cowardly Lion: But if that's true, then you never would've had to battle Evillene, or the Wiz! Or even meet me.
Scarecrow: Or me.
Tin-Man: Or me.
Dorothy Gale: Oh, I wouldn't have missed meeting you for anything! Promise you'll remember me?
[Lion nods yes, then Dorothy kisses him on the cheek]
Dorothy Gale: Keep me in your heart.
[Tin Man kisses Dorothy's hand]
Dorothy Gale: Let me now and then come to mind.
[...]
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Connections

Spoofed in Saturday Night Live: Ryan Gosling/Leon Bridges (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Feeling We Once Had
Written by Charlie Smalls
Performed by Stephanie Mills
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A must-see
1 February 2016 | by ChrisaRafaSee all my reviews

I wasn't sure what to expect from the show. Well I'm not familiar with the wizard of Oz. (Did I hear a "shame on you"?) I didn't like the story, not a fan of fairy tales. But the songs, the music and the performances were marvelous. I didn't know Elijah Kelley but man, he's got a great voice. I knew David Alan Grier from his "In Living Color" days but now he really impressed me. And Ne-Yo was PERFECT in his songs. Queen Latifah is brilliant. Who would have guessed 30 years earlier that this young rapper would become such a charismatic actress and singer. Amber Riley, perfect as always. Uzo Aduba, was a pleasant surprise. Shanice Williams, was good too. But to be honest I didn't like Mary J Blige.

I think the show is a must-see for the music and the performers.


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