“The Wiz” Celebrity Tweets: See Stars’ Twitter Reaction To NBC Musical!
NBC is airing “The Wiz Live!” on Thursday, and a number of celebrities are tweeting their reactions in real time.
As Gossip Cop reported, the new adaptation of the Broadway musical, a retelling of the The Wizard Of Oz, stars newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy. Queen Latifah is The Wiz, with Mary J. Blige as the Wicked Witch of the West. Ne-Yo plays the Tin Man, with David Allen Grier portraying the Cowardly Lion and Elijah Kelly as the Scarecrow.
Since NBC aired “The Sound Of Music Live!” in 2013, it’s become something of a tradition for stars to live-tweet the broadcasts. While there was some hate-tweeting for that and “Peter Pan Live!” last year, there seems to be a lot of admiration for “The Wiz Live!” In fact, just as it was starting, Zoe Saldana said she was “excited” to see this new version of the Broadway musical, and Zendaya tweeted, “I’m so ready!”
After the show began, Rosie O’Donnell exclaimed, “Stephanie mills – be still my heart!!!” Mills actually originated the role of Dorothy on Broadway, and her voice was clearly as strong as ever. Tyler Perry was also impressed, writing, “Stephanie Mills got this thing started. She’s still got it!!!”
Less than a half hour into the three-hour production, Jeffrey Wright commented, “Love #TheWiz stagecraft and @paulgtazewell’s about his biz on the costumes, I see!” And after Amber Riley performed, Roland Martin declared, “Y’all see @MsAmberPRiley?! She can sang!” Todrick Hall also excitedly posted, “Sooooo @MsAmberPRiley just took this munchkins to the First Baptist Emerald City Church hunty! The Emerald City mass choir! YASS #praisehim.”
When Kelly made his debut as the Scarecrow, Jay Pharoah joked, “Why this Scarecrow look like Young Thug though?” Much more seriously, Perry said of Kelly’s performance, “Elijah Kelly!!! Wow, big shoes to fill with Michael Jackson coming first, but you KILLED THAT SONG!!” Indeed, “You Can’t Win” was first performed in the film adaptation by Jackson, as it wasn’t in the original stage musical. Missy Elliott even revealed that the performances made her “go pull out my cd” from The Wiz movie soundtrack.
Gabourey Sidibe went on to exclaim, “Yassss for the Scarecrow!!! My living room finna turn up. He sings my favorite song.” “Empire” star Grace Gealey was watching, too, and offered a different pick, tweeting, “I love this song by the TinMan and @Neyo is slaying!!” Dana Delany even admitted, “So #TheWiz Twitter feed just taught me nae nae & dab. #whitegirllessons.”
As the first hour neared its end, Janet Mock expressed, “Last time I felt so mirrored in a tale was watching @4everBrandy as Cinderella. Thanks @LuvbeingShanice & #TheWiz!” Sara Bareilles also tweeted, “I love this and I keep spontaneously crying like I’m so proud of these people as if I know any of them.”
The first hour ended with Dorothy setting along the Yellow Brick Road with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. Broadway veteran Kristin Chenoweth tweeted, “Wow! #EaseOnDownTheRoad with #TheWizLive so good!” Debbie Allen wrote, “Tonight is just pure joy #thewiz …so all you critics have a seat chile…” And India Arie said, “Watching #TheWizLive !!!! Loving it.”
“#TheWiz sobbing! Magnificent,” tweeted Melissa Gilbert. Meanwhile, in a nod to the colorful visuals, Justin Long quipped, “If you’re not stoned and watching #TheWizLive you’re not taking advantage of life #ThanksGod.”
About halfway through the show, Queen Latifah made her debut as the Wizard, leading Chenoweth to tweet, “Ok queen is killing it as the wizard.” Charlamagne Tha God posted, “All Hail Queen Latifah. Aka #TheWiz who would of thought that hip hop could take it this far???”
A short time later, Blige finally made her first appearance, and Andy Cohen was thrilled he made it home just in time. “Do NOT bring Mary J no bad news,” he cracked, referring to the Wicked Witch’s song, adding, “YESSSSS @maryjblige!!!!! This is so f*cking good.” The Wicked Witch’s death, however, came rather soon, prompting Michelle Collins to write, “Sort of an anti-climactic death scene but you know that’s fine.”
In the last half hour, Uzo Aduba blew everyone away when she emerged as Glinda The Good Witch. O’Donnell tweeted, “Crazy eyes can sang!!!!!!!!!!! believe u can go home … go uzo.” And Chenoweth, who played Glinda in Wicked, simply said, “Glinda. I believe. #Ibelieve.”
Despite the show-stopping performance, Taran Killam admitted, “Something I’ve learned watching live televised musicals: a ‘big finish’ followed by silence always makes me laugh.” Michael Ian Black also amusingly wrote, “Came downstairs and of course my wife was watching ‘The Wiz’ so now we’re both watching. It’s okay.”
As the show wound down, Tamron Hall tweeted, “Bravo!!!! #TheWiz A new generation hooked tonight.” And Holly Robinson Peete quoted the musical’s ultimate lesson, “Home isn’t where you live, it’s where you love.” TELL US in the comments below what YOU thought of “The Wiz Live!”