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Alhambra Theatre & Dining to Present THE WIZ, 3/23-4/24Alhambra Theatre & Dining to Present THE WIZ, 3/23-4/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

When it opened at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway in 1975, The Wiz was heralded as a groundbreaking theatrical event because it was a large-scale, big-budget musical featuring an all-African American cast. The Wiz laid the foundation for other African-American hits including Dreamgirls. Most recently, The Wiz Live! was featured on NBC in December of 2015, and beginning on March 23, The Wiz will ease on down to Jacksonville with its debut at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining featuring a big cast, big costumes and a big set. The show will run through April 24. (more...)

BWW Review: THE WIZ Eases its Way Down the Road to Brilliance at Hamilton High SchoolBWW Review: THE WIZ Eases its Way Down the Road to Brilliance at Hamilton High School
by Shari Barrett - Feb 19, 2016

With music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown, THE WIZ is an urban retelling of the classic fantasy story based on the children's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Filled with beloved songs, incredible dance numbers, tornadoes, munchkins, and skateboarding monkeys, the enthusiasm of the cast as directed and choreographed by Chelsea Field and magnificent student rock orchestra conducted by Stephen McDonough under the Musical Direction of Kelci Hahn, will transport you in believing this is a professional company of triple threat actors at the top of their game. (more...)

Encore Telecast of NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! Delivers 1.6 Million ViewersEncore Telecast of NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! Delivers 1.6 Million Viewers
by TV News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

NBC reports that an encore telecast of THE WIZ LIVE! averaged a 0.4/2 in the 18-49 demographic and delivered 1.6 million viewers overall from 8-10:58 pm. ET. (more...)

Ease on Down the Road Again! NBC Encores THE WIZ LIVE TonightEase on Down the Road Again! NBC Encores THE WIZ LIVE Tonight
by TV News Desk - Dec 19, 2015

With this strong ratings report, NBC will air an encore telecast of its holiday production on Saturday, Dec. 19 (8-11 p.m. ET). (more...)

VIDEO: THE WIZ LIVE's Shanice Williams & Ne-Yo Talk Post Live-EventVIDEO: THE WIZ LIVE's Shanice Williams & Ne-Yo Talk Post Live-Event
by TV News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

Grammy-winning singer Ne-Yo and Shanice Williams starred in THE WIZ LIVE! on NBC on December 3rd, and together they conquered Oz and social media. (more...)

Shanice Williams, Ne-Yo Among THE WIZ LIVE!'s 5 Critics Choice Nominations!Shanice Williams, Ne-Yo Among THE WIZ LIVE!'s 5 Critics Choice Nominations!
by TV News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

NBC's live broadcast of THE WIZ LIVE! received five nominations including a nod for Shanice Williams in the category of BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES. (more...)

Everybody Rejoice! THE WIZ LIVE! Original Soundtrack Out TodayEverybody Rejoice! THE WIZ LIVE! Original Soundtrack Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

Sony Music Masterworks and Broadway Records release the original soundtrack of the NBC Television event 'The Wiz LIVE!' via all digital service providers (download and streaming) today, December 11, followed by the CD on December 18. (more...)

Ratings Gains for NBC's THE WIZ LIVE Now On Par with 'Sound of Music'Ratings Gains for NBC's THE WIZ LIVE Now On Par with 'Sound of Music'
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

On a percentage basis, ratings gains for NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! are now on par with the network's SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE, which aired in 2013. (more...)

VIDEO: It's East vs. West Oz in SNL's Hilarious Spoof of THE WIZ LIVE!VIDEO: It's East vs. West Oz in SNL's Hilarious Spoof of THE WIZ LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

Saturday's episode of NBC's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE featured a spoof on last week's live broadcat of THE WIZ LIVE! In the sketch, West Oz's Scarecrow (host Ryan Gosling) mistakenly ends up in East Oz with Dorothy (Sasheer Zamata), Cowardly Lion (Kenan Thompson), Tin Man (Jay Pharoah), Scarecrow (Michael Che) and The Wiz (Leslie Jones). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: 7-Year-Old Beyonce Sings 'Home' from THE WIZSTAGE TUBE: 7-Year-Old Beyonce Sings 'Home' from THE WIZ
by Stage Tube - Dec 5, 2015

When mounting an upcoming Broadway version of NBC's THE WIZ LIVE, maybe producers should consider casting superstar Beyonce. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Ease on Down the Road All Over Again with NBC's Full Broadcast of THE WIZ LIVE!STAGE TUBE: Ease on Down the Road All Over Again with NBC's Full Broadcast of THE WIZ LIVE!
by Stage Tube - Dec 4, 2015

NBC aired its colorful holiday production of THE WIZ LIVE! last night, featuring newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy alongside Grammy and Golden Globe-winner Queen Latifah as the Wizard, nine-time Grammy-winner Mary J. Blige as Evillene, original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills, as Auntie Em and David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion. Whether you missed the special presentation when it aired or just want to re-live the amazing journey through Oz, watch the entire show below! (more...)

See Shanice Williams' Standing Ovation from THE WIZ LIVE! Cast & Crew Following the Finale!See Shanice Williams' Standing Ovation from THE WIZ LIVE! Cast & Crew Following the Finale!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

As BWW reported earlier today, NBC's live broadcast of THE WIZ LIVE! brought in a whopping 11.5 million viewers - a reason to celebrate for the network. Another reason? The introduction of the unforgettable Shanice Williams. Cast member James Brown III caught Williams' re-entry backstage following her powerful performance of the show's finale, 'Home,' last night. Check out a quick video of the cast and crew's standing ovation for 'Dorothy' actress below! (more...)

Will NBC Ever Use a Live Studio Audience? Zadan & Meron Answer!Will NBC Ever Use a Live Studio Audience? Zadan & Meron Answer!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

As BWW reported earlier today, NBC's live broadcast of THE WIZ LIVE! brought in a whopping 11.5 million viewers - a reason to celebrate for the network. Executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron chatted with the Hollywood Reporter today about the huge success of the show and what is in store for the future. (more...)

After 11.5 Million Tune-In for THE WIZ LIVE, NBC Sets Encore BroadcastAfter 11.5 Million Tune-In for THE WIZ LIVE, NBC Sets Encore Broadcast
by TV News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

With this strong ratings report, NBC will air an encore telecast of its holiday production on Saturday, Dec. 19 (8-11 p.m. ET). (more...)

Photo Flash: NBC Shares Cast Photos from WIZ LIVE! Post-Show!Photo Flash: NBC Shares Cast Photos from WIZ LIVE! Post-Show!
by TV News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

NBC aired its colorful holiday production of THE WIZ LIVE! last night, featuring newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy. Below, NBC shared photos of the cast from 'Show Night.'  (more...)

VIDEO: Watch 'Home', 'Brand New Day' & More Musical Performances from THE WIZ LIVE!VIDEO: Watch 'Home', 'Brand New Day' & More Musical Performances from THE WIZ LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

Below, watch the talented cast performing 'Home', 'No Bad News,' 'He's The Wiz,' 'So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard,' 'Branded New Day' and 'Ease On Down the Road.' (more...)

UPDATE: NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! Delivers 11.5 Million Viewers; Most Social Live Special EverUPDATE: NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! Delivers 11.5 Million Viewers; Most Social Live Special Ever
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 4, 2015

With a 4.4 rating, 14 share in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters, 'The Wiz Live!' has delivered the highest-rated Thursday for any network in the local markets, excluding sports (more...)

Photo Flash: BWW Exclusive: Shanice Williams' High School Celebrates THE WIZ LIVE!Photo Flash: BWW Exclusive: Shanice Williams' High School Celebrates THE WIZ LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

Below, Shanice's high school drama teacher, Alison Dooley shared exclusive photos of last night's WIZ LIVE event, where students, teachers and local dignataries gathered together to celebrate their own. (more...)

Review Roundup: Did NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! Bring it 'Home'?Review Roundup: Did NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! Bring it 'Home'?
by TV News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

NBC aired its colorful holiday production of THE WIZ LIVE! last night featuring newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy alongside Grammy and Golden Globe-winner Queen Latifah as the Wizard, nine-time Grammy-winner Mary J. Blige as Evillene, original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills, as Auntie Em and David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion. (more...)

Shanice Williams Checks In Before THE WIZ LIVE!: 'I'm Going to Do a Lot of Prayin'Shanice Williams Checks In Before THE WIZ LIVE!: 'I'm Going to Do a Lot of Prayin'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

The big day has arrived! THE WIZ LIVE! airs tonight, December 3, at 8PM/7c. The production will star newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy alongside Grammy and Golden Globe-winner Queen Latifah as the Wizard, nine-time Grammy-winner Mary J. Blige as Evillene, original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills, as Auntie Em and David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion. (more...)

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