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The Wiz Live TV Broadcast in New York City

Less than a couple of hours ago, Wiz aired live on NBC. It was produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron; and was written by Harvey Fierstein. The new and improved version of Wiz was influenced by the 1975 musical.

I was almost brought to tears after missing the live television broadcast in my hometown. This movie brought back so many memories and it’s touched the hearts of so many children and adults who grew up with the original Wiz in 1975, with actors Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Ted Ross and Nipsy Russell. I’m sure ecstatic fans were glued to the television sets.

The reviews from Los Angeles Times, to New York Post, to New York Times were spot on. I can’t wait to catch a re-run.

Let’s take a quick glance at the perfectly executed makeup and costume arrangements from my top six actors and actresses. Mary J Blige as Evillene the wicked witch of the west. Queen Latifah as the Oz of Emerald city. Commom as the bouncer of Emerald city. Amber Riley as munchkin. Neyo as Tinman or Tin Woodman. Lastly, Uzo Aduba as Glinda the good witch.

Job Well Done! Thanks to makeup artist Dave Elsey and his wife Lou Elsey.

And the thing that makes it even more joyful for us is the fact that our adorable, wonderful, sweet, talented Darren Criss is going to perform and present the awards. We’re so grateful to him that he’s going to do this because it comes from a very, very emotional place for us. We think so highly of him.

- Craig Zadan (the producer of H2$ along with Neil Meron) when talking about the Outfest Legacy Awards (AfterElton)

Neil and I had to keep a big secret during the whole show because we weren’t allowed to tell anybody, but we knew that Amber was gonna go on to do Effie in Dreamgirls. And we were so excited for her, but we weren’t allowed to say anything, of course, until they announced it yesterday. But we just think that she’s gonna be astonishing. And we’re very proud of her.
—  Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (The Wiz Live! producers) about Amber’s dreamgirls casting
Ne-Yo, Common & Elijah Kelley Join Cast of NBC Live's 'The Wiz'

Ne-Yo, Common & Elijah Kelley Join Cast of NBC Live’s ‘The Wiz’

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NBC’s The Wiz Live! is adding more musical talent to it’s already amazing cast. It has been announced that Grammy award-winning artists Ne-Yo and Common have been added to the lineup as The Tin Man and Gatekeeper in Oz, respectively.

American actor, singer, and dancer Elijah Kelley has also been added to the cast in the role of Scarecrow.

The trio join Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, David Alan…

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Darren Criss Presents Craig Zadan and Neil Meron With Visionary Award at Outfest's 2012 Legacy Awards Oct. 13

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, executive producers of the NBC musical drama “Smash,” are honored at Outfest’s 8th annual Legacy Awards Oct. 13 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. “Glee” and How to Succeed… star Darren Criss will present the duo with the Visionary Award.

- Playbill.com