The Wiz Live! on DVD
The Wiz Live! was a live-for-TV performance that aired in the winter of 2015 as an update on the 1975 award-winning musical. A modern twist on The Wizard of Oz, the show throws a modern spin on this classic, colorful tale of friendship and adversity that brims with intelligence, bravery, and heart. The performance was a hit nation wide as viewers delighted in its use of updated costumery, soulful rhythms, and cast of all-star celebrities.
Staying true to the original musical’s casting, which was iconically comprised entirely of people of color, world-class performers like Ne-Yo, David Alan Grier, Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifa star on stage. The lead role of Dorothy is played by newcomer, Shanice Williams, who got her first big break after being selected from hundreds of applicants in an open casting call for the musical.
The theatrical acrobatic group Cirque du Soleil teamed up with the cast to give gravity-defying performances during the show. Watch them flip, fly, and cartwheel through the air during songs like “Tornado,” “You Can’t Win,” and “Funky Monkeys.”
“Pulsing with life and fun, sparked by energetic dances and colorful costumes, and driven by Charles Smalls’s still sturdy score, NBC’s The Wiz Live! Thursday night was charmed from start to finish. “ - USA Today
“The Wiz Live! certainly proves that musicals have a place on television right now – and not just in late-night monologue jokes.” - We Got This Covered
“The Wiz is by far NBC’s most sophisticated live musical broadcast yet; it’s also one that felt, movingly, of its time.” - Time
- Winner of the 47th NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Television Movie
- Nominated for five Critics’ Choice Television Awards
- Nominated for six Black Reel Awards 2016 Awards
- Directors: Kenny Leon
- Producers: Craig Zadan, Neil Meron
- Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: NR (Not Rated)
- Studio: Universal Studios
- DVD Release Date: December 22, 2015
- Run Time: 132 minutes
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