This is the best news ever! With ‘The Wiz Live!’ being the best-reviewed live musical that NBC has ever aired, producers are now talking about bringing the show to Broadway next year. But will the TV cast be included in the new production? Find out all the details here!
The Wiz Live! was such a hit for NBC that producers are already mulling over plans to bring the show to Broadway next year, and the cast that brought the show to life on TV Dec. 3, may just come along for the ride!
“Right now the plan is to have The Wiz on Broadway a year from now in partnership with Cirque. The entire cast of The Wiz Live knows about the Broadway plans, but we didn’t make it a prerequisite when casting them. But over the past couple of weeks, a lot of members of the cast have been sniffing around doing it in the theater,” producer Neil Meron told THR, while producer Craig Zadan added, “We’d love for [Shanice Williams] to be on Broadway in The Wiz, but that’s to be worked out.”
“Every person that was in the show last night has been invited to come to Broadway. It’s a matter of if they want to and how much time they can give us,” they both added. “And if we can work out a pay scale. Broadway pays differently than doing film, TV and concerts.”
This is very interesting. It almost sounds like it’s all going to come down to money. We can only hope that the entire cast decides to join the Broadway version — they were so amazing on TV! Aside from Shanice, The Wiz Live! also starred Ne-Yo, Uzo Aduba, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Common, Elijah Kelley, David Alan Grier, Amber Riley, and Stephanie Mills.
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