This past Thursday NBC aired The Wiz Live! My family and I decided to do a pizza night while watching the production. Great idea, right?
Needless to say after pizzas were ordered, picked up, sodas lined up, and glasses iced; we all plopped in front of the tube. Let me just add the adults were more excited than the children – or as my mother would say, ‘chirren’ – in the room. WHO DOESN’T REMEMBER DIANNA ROSS AND MICHAEL JACKSON IN THE WIZ?? And so who wouldn’t be excited for a reboot? Apparently, my niece, bless her heart. Because at first, she just didn’t get it. She kept asking questions as if to say this makes no sense. I’m like, they’re munchkins; they’re supposed to look like that! What do you mean?? Haven’t you seen munchkins before?? Dawg!!
I’m serious about dem munchkins, honey…but on the other hand, is it sad that as a 46-year-old, you are the one defending the credibility of an imaginary people to a child?? Never mind.
To the review: I couldn’t have been more pleased. I enjoyed the newcomer, Shanice Williams’ freshness as Dorothy; Ne-Yo’s bold new dance moves as the Tin Man; Elijah Kelley’s athleticism as the Scarecrow and certainly David Allen Grier’s prowess as the Cowardly Lion. Who knew? Comedian David Allen Grier acting and sing ability was so on point.
Out of all three live productions NBC has aired – Sound of Music and Peter Pan previously – The Wiz Live! scored highest. The core songs and play were the same, but there were other changes that gave the play an updated and kicked up feel. It was a pleasant surprise.
Lastly, the best performances of the night were David Allen Grier for such an excellent show of talent and Mary J. Blige who tore it up as the Wicked Witch of the West. Hey, don’t take my word for it. Go to the NBC.com website and view it now if you haven’t already!
Two. Thumbs. Up!!