The Wiz Live! Roundup: Reviews, Videos, Best Moments and More!

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NBC scored a bonafide hit with its star-studded Dec. 3 broadcast of the Tony Award-winning musical The Wiz. Check out reviews, videos, our exclusive star interviews, Oz history and more!

The company of <i>The Wiz Live! </i>
The company of The Wiz Live! Photo by Paul Gilmore/NBC

This re-envisioning of The Wiz is 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.

Shanice Williams, a 19-year-old actress from New Jersey, was picked from hundreds of girls to star as Dorothy for the 2015 musical event. Also featured were Stephanie Mills (The Wiz's original Dorothy) as Auntie Em, Queen Latifah as The Wiz, Mary J. Blige as Evillene, David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion, Uzo Aduba as Glinda, Amber Riley as Addaperle, Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow, Ne-Yo as the Tin Man and Common as the Bouncer.

Grammy winner Harvey Mason Jr. is the show's music producer with Tony winner Stephen Oremus as music director. Fatima Robinson is the show's choreographer.

Shanice Williams and Stephanie Mills
Shanice Williams and Stephanie Mills

The Verdict: Read Reviews for The Wiz Live!

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We Name Our 8 Jaw-Dropping Moments from The Wiz Live!

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20 Tweets That Captured How We Felt During The Wiz Live!

Amber Riley and Shanice Williams
Amber Riley and Shanice Williams

Flip Through the Official Wiz Live! Playbill!

The Wiz Live! — What's Different, What's New and What's Going to Broadway

Ne-Yo, Shanice Williams and Elijah Kelley
Ne-Yo, Shanice Williams and Elijah Kelley

Behold Your New Wiz! The Dazzling First Costumed Shots of The Wiz Live! Stars

"I'm Somewhere Over the Rainbow Right Now!" — The First Interview With The Wiz's Break-Out Star, Shanice Williams

Shanice Williams
Shanice Williams

And, She Is Telling You! Amber Riley Dishes on Her Wiz Audition and Broadway Dream Role

Amber Riley as Addaperle
Amber Riley as Addaperle Photo by Paul Gilmore/NBC

Mary J. Blige Talks The Wiz and the Hope of Getting Her Life Story to Broadway

Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige Photo by Paul Gilmore/NBC

"The Wizard of Oz," Wicked and The Wiz: Three Takes on an American Classic

Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel Photo by Joan Marcus

You'll Never Hear "Over the Rainbow" the Same Way Again – The Song Breakdown Everyone Should Watch!

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10 Wickedly Wonderful Musicals Inspired By "The Wizard of Oz"

Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Judy Garland and Jack Haley in "The Wizard of Oz"
Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Judy Garland and Jack Haley in "The Wizard of Oz" Photo by 1939 Warner Home Video

Must See! A Treasure Trove of Shots from the Original and Revival Broadway Productions of The Wiz

Stephanie Mills
Stephanie Mills

If It Weren't For Her Mother, Original Star Stephanie Mills May Have Never Been The Wiz's Dorothy

Stephanie Mills as Auntie Em
Stephanie Mills as Auntie Em Photo by Paul Gilmore/NBC

The Wiz Live! Stars Greet the Press During Rehearsals

Stephanie Mills and Shanice Williams
Stephanie Mills and Shanice Williams
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