The YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On!, which has aired several free, full-length recordings of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals and tributes, continues with the 2015 NBC broadcast of The Wiz Live!. The television adaptation starred newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy, Queen Latifah as The Wiz, Amber Riley as Addaperle, and David Alan Grier as The Cowardly Lion.
The Wiz Live! streams on YouTube (and above) June 12 beginning at 2 PM ET, with the video available for 48 hours.
In addition to the popular numbers by composer-lyricist Charlie Smalls like "Ease on Down the Road" and "Home," Ne-Yo, Harvey Mason Jr., Stephen Oremus, and Elijah Kelly wrote a new song for the live presentation, "We Got It." The Wiz Live! also included the song "You Can't Win," which was written for the Broadway version and cut out of town, but restored for the film version.
Rounding out the ensemble were Chris Borrero, James Brown III, Olutayo Bosede, Elon Van Buckley, Ta'Rea Campbell, Jessica Castro, Kacie Garland, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Frankie Gordils, Khadija Griffith, Tre Holloway, Antonio Hudnell, Carlos Irizarry, Marcus Paul James, Frederic Jean, Capathia Jenkins, Mykal Kilgore, Tamika Lawrence, India R. McGee, Maurice Murphy, Antonio Moore, Danielle Polanco, Malaiyka Reid, Eric Sanchez, Sherisse Springer, Chris Silcox, Ahmahd Thomas, Raphael Thomas, Alex Wade, Donald Webber, DaShaun Wesley, Xavier Wilcher, and NaTasha Williams.
The Shows Must Go On! has previously aired Love Never Dies, The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Cats, as well as NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! (though the stream was not available in the U.S.) and Hairspray Live. Proceeds go to The Actors Fund, Acting for Others, Broadway Cares, Actors Benevolent Fund, and more.