The Wiz Live!

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  • TV-G
  • 2015
  • 1 hr 51 min
  • 7.1  (2,552)

The Wiz Live! is a 2015 television musical that was co-produced by NBC and Cirque du Soleil. It is an adaptation of the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz, which was itself a retelling of L. Frank Baum's classic story The Wizard of Oz, set in an African-American context. The musical opens with Dorothy, played by newcomer Shanice Williams, being transported from her home in Harlem to the magical land of Oz by a tornado. There, she meets a host of colorful characters, including the Scarecrow, played by R&B artist Ne-Yo, the Tin Man, played by David Alan Grier, and the Cowardly Lion, played by Elijah Kelley. Together, they set out on a journey down the yellow brick road to find the Wiz, who they hope will help them return home.

Along the way, they encounter a number of obstacles, including the Wicked Witch of the West, played by Orange is the New Black's Uzo Aduba, and her minions. They also receive help from Glinda the Good Witch, played by Glee's Amber Riley, and other friendly characters they meet along the way.

The Wiz Live! features a number of memorable musical numbers, including "Ease on Down the Road," "Be A Lion," and "Home." The performances are a highlight of the show, with Shanice Williams in particular receiving praise for her portrayal of Dorothy. The show also features a number of high-energy dance routines, many of them choreographed by Cirque du Soleil.

One of the notable casting choices in The Wiz Live! is the role of the Wiz himself. In this version, the character is played by rapper and actor Common. This marks a departure from the traditional casting of the character as an older white man, and reflects the show's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Overall, The Wiz Live! is a visually stunning and joyful adaptation of the beloved musical. It remains faithful to the original while updating it for a new generation, and features a talented and diverse cast of performers. Whether you are a fan of the original show or simply looking for an entertaining and uplifting musical, The Wiz Live! is well worth checking out.

The Wiz Live! is a 2015 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 51 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1.

The Wiz Live!
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    7.1  (2,552)