First Look: “The Wiz Live!”

Posted on November 17, 2015

“NBC embarks on its latest musical holiday tradition: a three-hour LIVE event production of the groundbreaking Broadway show that brought Oz to life in a funky sing-along journey down the yellow brick road.

“The Wiz Live!” is adapted from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, with a book by William F. Brown, and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. The production opened on Broadway in 1975 at the Majestic Theatre and won seven Tonys, including Best Musical. The original massive Broadway hit spawned a feature film starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Now, an award-winning creative team, the imaginative Cirque du Soleil Theatrical and a diverse cast of showstoppers create an eye-popping new take unlike anything ever seen.

From executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron comes an adventure of stunning spectacle and toe-tapping music.

Costumes designed by Tony-nominated costume designer Paul Tazewell.”

 

THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Alan Grier as Lion, Shanice Williams as Dorothy, Ne-Yo as Tinman, Elijah Kelley as Scarecrow -- (Photo by: Kwaku Alston/NBC)

Y’know? When we heard these shots were released we had no reaction whatsoever (because the previous two live NBC musicals ranged from dull to disastrous), but now that we’ve seen them, we feel that squeeeeing must commence. Maybe this’ll be just as bad as the other two, but we think the more modern vibe of this one might make it a little more palatable than watching a stiff Carrie Underwood or completely miscast Allison Williams struggle their way through the worst career decisions of their lives.

Besides, the costumes are fabulous.

 

Shanice Williams as Dorothy
THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: Shanice Williams as Dorothy -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: Shanice Williams as Dorothy -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

Sweet, modern, and complete with ruby slippers.

 

David Alan Grier as Lion
THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

He does kind of look like Harry from Harry and the Hendersons, we have to admit. On the other hand, the vest was a nice touch, as are the fur locs and braids.

 

Elijah Kelley as Scarecrow
THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

The straw hair is amazing, but our favorite part is the crow print all over his shirt. Subtle, but witty.

 

Ne-Yo as Tinman
THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

It’s about what you’d expect. Love the hard hat.

 

THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Alan Grier as Lion, Shanice Williams as Dorothy, Elijah Kelley as Scarecrow, Ne-Yo as Tinman -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

 

Common as The Bouncer
THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

Ummm. Can we have that coat? Maybe for just one night so we can take turns being the most fabulous queen at the disco?

 

Amber Riley as Addaperle
THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 --Pictured: -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

Miss Amber looks AMAZING.

 

Stephanie Mills as Auntie Em
THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

We had no idea they’d cast Stephanie (the original Dorothy in The Wiz) as Auntie Em. That’s fun. We’re surprised by the farm wife costuming, though.

 

Uzo Aduba as Glinda
THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

ALL THE LOVE.

ALL OF IT.

 

Queen Latifah as The Wiz
THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

Damn. That is FLAMAZING.

We can’t imagine these costumes aren’t going to win every award available.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Paul Gilmore/NBC]

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