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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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USA

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English

Release Date:

3 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wiz Live! See more »

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Stereo

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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

The Cowardly Lion: I'm just a big, ole scaredy-cat. That's all I'm ever gonna be. I tried getting help from this old owl, but all he did is make me lie down on a couch, ask me a bunch 'a silly questions like, "What do you want?", "Why are you here?", "What do think this means?" I said, "I think this means you ripped me off, 'cause I gave you money, but you ain't givin' me nothin'!"
Dorothy Gale: You poor thing!
The Cowardly Lion: Great, now I got little girls pityin' me.
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Soundtracks

Y'All Got It
Written by Ne-Yo
Performed by Queen Latifah
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The show took us on that yellow brick road again.
3 December 2015 | by denicenortezSee all my reviews

I was so excited to see the show live. As a cast member of the movie "The Wiz" it brought back such fond memories. This cast gave it a modern kick!!! Dorothy is such a delight. Once again I believed that Shanice Williams was really Dorothy it was so easy to really go along with her on the journey. And my heart was so pleased to see Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em boy did I miss seeing her. It has been so long. I am so happy for the children who are seeing it for the first time…and how it will play out in their lives. My life has been full of the fantastic dreams & the music of OZ. David Alan Grier as the lion was so comforting. Just what I would want a lion to be. And say "Hey" to Queen Latifah as the Wiz. I was really into her down to earth reaction to being found out.

Thank you to all in this "Live" cast. You gave me such a gift…taking me on that journey once again to OZ & back HOME again.


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