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‘The Wiz’ Brought Some Much-Needed Color to NBC’s Live Theater Broadcasts

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It’s a little easier to find black people on film and television in 2015 than it was in the ’70s, when the original Broadway and film productions of The Wiz debuted. But the “urbanized retelling” of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz remains a cultural touchstone, especially for some of the actors in NBC’s live television broadcast of the production, The Wiz Live! which aired Thursday night.
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Queen Latifah Gets Title Role, Mary J. Blige Is the Wicked Witch in NBC’s ‘The Wiz’

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A great deal of interest was sparked when it was announced the NBC’s next live musical would be The Wiz (especially considering tepid ratings and responses to Peter Pan). Between the more socially relevant selection and the curious collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, the collective flame for the idea of a televised live musical had been somewhat rekindled. 
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