The skit was a parody of the Dec. 3 NBC television event, The Wiz Live!, which brought to life the Tony-winning Broadway musical The Wiz with a cast that featured Stephanie Mills, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, David Alan Grier, Uzo Aduba, Amber Riley, Elijah Kelley, Ne-Yo, Common and newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy.
Watch the 'SNL" performance with Gosling, Kenan Thompson, Beck Bennett, Jay Pharoah, Leslie Jones, Sasheer Zamata and Michael Che, below:
NBC enjoyed high ratings and positive reviews for The Wiz Live!, which was a precursor to a 2016-17 Broadway remounting. Directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon, it features a retooled book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. The musical was written by Charlie Smalls and William F. Brown. The Verdict: Read Reviews for The Wiz Live!