Tonight NBC will add a musical classic to its holiday line-up. A 3-hour live production of the Broadway musical that followed Dorothy, Oz and friends on their song-filled journey down the yellow brick road, “The Wiz”, will air tonight at 8pm ET/7pm CT.
The 1975 Broadway adaptation of “The Wiz” boasted an all-black cast including singer Stephanie Mills as Dorothy and won 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical. The Broadway stint was followed by a tour in 1976 which was just as successful. In 1978 the show’s continued popularity gave rise to a feature film by the same name starring musical icons Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
Now the historical, award winning stage play is being re-birthed once again with a new cast of the who’s who of black music and film including Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, David Alan Grier, Ne-Yo, Common, Uzo Abuda, Amber Riley, Elijah Kelly, Stephanie Mills and introducing Shanice Williams as Dorothy.
Will you be tuning in tonight? Here’s some behind the scenes footage to hold you off until then.