“The Wiz” Live Stream: Watch NBC Musical Online!
“The Wiz Live!” will be broadcast on NBC on Thursday, and Gossip Cop has a live stream!
The Wiz, a retelling of The Wizard of Oz, debuted on Broadway in 1975, and won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. A successful run on the Great White Way led to a film adaption in 1978 starring Diana Ross as Dorothy, Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, and Richard Pryor as The Wiz himself. The movie was a critical and commercial flop, though it scored several Oscar nominations.
The film went on to become a cult classic over the decades, leading NBC to choose to stage a new version for the holiday season. And this production is nothing short of star-studded. While Dorothy will be played by newcomer Shanice Williams, David Allen Grier is the Cowardly Lion, Ne-Yo is the Tin Man, and Elijah Kelly of Hairspray is the Scarecrow.
Additionally, Queen Latifah stars as The Wiz, with Mary J. Blige as the Wicked Witch of the West and Uzo Aduba as Glinda the Good Witch. Common also has a supporting role, as does Stephanie Mills, who originated the role of Dorothy on Broadway. The production is taking place at Grumman Studios in Bethpage, New York, and will air live across the country.
“The Wiz Live!” is the third musical to be staged by NBC, following “The Sound Of Music Live!” in 2013 and “Peter Pan Live!” in 2014. The show is slated to begin at 8 p.m. and last approximately three hours. **The live stream has now ended.**