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NBC Announces that ‘The Wiz’ Will Be the Next Live Musical on the Network, Following ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Peter Pan.’ This Time the Award-Winning Cirque du Soleil Will Co-Produce.

Mar 31, 2015  •  Post A Comment

“The Wiz” is coming to NBC on Dec. 3rd, as the network’s next live musical

According to Entertainment Weekly, “NBC previously revealed that two titles were under consideration: ‘The Wiz’ and the 1957 hit ‘The Music Man.’ But especially after the extraordinary performance of Fox’s hip-hop-themed drama ‘Empire’ this season, ‘The Wiz,’ began to look like the obvious choice.” “The Wiz” is generally performed with a cast that is all African-American.

EW continues, “Unlike the previous productions, this time the network will partner with Cirque du Soleil, which will co-produce the event and then present it as a Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season. Once again, Craig Zaden and Neil Meron will executive produce the show. Director Kenny Leon will stage both the television production and Broadway revival of ‘The Wiz’ in collaboration with Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.”

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Casting has yet to begin.

To learn more details, please click on the link, above, which will take you to the original EXW story.

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