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BWW Exclusive: THE WIZ LIVE! Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Discuss Recent Wins at NAACP Image Awards; Plus GREASE, HAIRSPRAY, BOMBSHELL & More!BWW Exclusive: THE WIZ LIVE! Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Discuss Recent Wins at NAACP Image Awards; Plus GREASE, HAIRSPRAY, BOMBSHELL & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 5, 2016

THE WIZ LIVE producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron chatted with BroadwayWorld about the production's recent success at the NAACP Image Awards and more. Check out the full interview here! (more...)

Tony Winning Set Designer Derek McLane to Design OSCAR Set for 4th Consecutive YearTony Winning Set Designer Derek McLane to Design OSCAR Set for 4th Consecutive Year
by TV News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

BWW has just learned that Tony and Emmy-winning set designer Derek McLane (THE WIZ LIVE!) will return to design the sets for this year ACADEMY AWARDS for the fourth consecutive year. (more...)

TWITTER WATCH: Harvey Fierstein For HAIRSPRAY LIVE?  He'll Do It!  Would Jackie Hoffman?TWITTER WATCH: Harvey Fierstein For HAIRSPRAY LIVE? He'll Do It! Would Jackie Hoffman?
by Michael Dale - Jan 13, 2016

Social Media has been abuzz with casting ideas once Harirspray Live was announced. (more...)

Breaking: HAIRSPRAY Named as NBC's Next Live Musical!Breaking: HAIRSPRAY Named as NBC's Next Live Musical!
by TV News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

HAIRSPRAY has been chosen as NBC's next live musical following the success of last month's THE WIZ LIVE!. (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...)

BWW Column: How Can Technology Increase Breadth, Depth of Theatre Audiences?BWW Column: How Can Technology Increase Breadth, Depth of Theatre Audiences?
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 19, 2015

There is no doubt that, for better or for worse, Broadway is the most visible home for theatre in the world. For many people across the country, it is the only thing that they know about the art form, even if there is a local playhouse just down the street. Like Xerox to copiers, and Kleenex to tissues, for many, the word 'Broadway' simply means theatre. Therefore, often the shows that call Broadway home become our greatest gateway to getting people to consume theatre at the local level. However, Broadway, by its very definition, is inaccessible. It is limited to a small handful of theaters located in New York City, in the northeast corner of the country, at least 500 miles from 18 of the top 20 most populated cities in America (not including itself and Philadelphia). For many, that is a trip that they just can't afford to make. In addition, with premium seats and ever-escalating ticket prices, even if a family of four can afford to make it to New York, four seats to a Broadway show is often cost prohibitive. (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...)

Scoop: THE WIZ LIVE! on NBC - Saturday, December 19, 2015Scoop: THE WIZ LIVE! on NBC - Saturday, December 19, 2015
by TV Scoop - Dec 15, 2015

Get all the scoop on THE WIZ LIVE!, airing on NBC on Saturday, December 19, 2015! (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...)

THE WIZ LIVE! Producers to Reunite with Fatima Robinson on Her Semi-Autobiographical Dance DramaTHE WIZ LIVE! Producers to Reunite with Fatima Robinson on Her Semi-Autobiographical Dance Drama
by TV News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

THE WIZ LIVE! producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will re-team with the live musical's choreographer Fatima Robinson on a semi-autobiographical dance drama about her life and career. (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...)

BWW Column: Three Simple Ways to Improve Upon Success of THE WIZ LIVE!BWW Column: Three Simple Ways to Improve Upon Success of THE WIZ LIVE!
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 10, 2015

Now that we are a week removed from last Thursday's THE WIZ LIVE!, NBC's third live musical in as many years, we know that the production has predominantly been hailed as a critical and ratings success, vindicating the audacious experiment after two, less than artistically satisfying, outings. Led by a newcomer plucked from an open call, director Kenny Leon and executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan found a star in Shanice Williams and surrounded her with an all-star cast that ranged from serviceable to revelatory. However, as enjoyable as the event was, especially in relationship to past efforts, THE WIZ LIVE! was not a perfect production. There is, after all, a reason why no one did live TV musicals for nearly half a century; they are hard. (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...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 12/1/2015 - 12/8/2015Hottest Articles on BWW 12/1/2015 - 12/8/2015
by - Dec 8, 2015

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 12/1/2015 - 12/8/2015. (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...)

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