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‘The Wiz Live’: Fans Freak Over Dorothy’s Dog Toto Going Missing On The Show

Fri, December 4, 2015 12:21am EDT by Beth Shilliday 4 Comments

NBC’s all-star production of ‘The Wiz Live!’ was a complete triumph…except for Dorothy’s little dog Toto! The Cairn Terrier was seen with Dorothy back in Omaha, but as soon as she arrived in Oz he went missing and Twitter went nuts over it.

The iconic line “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore,” wasn’t part of The Wiz Live and not just because Dorothy’s character in this version is from Nebraska. The lead character’s beloved dog was key in the opening scenes of the production before the tornado took Dorothy’s house away, but as soon as she wakes up in Oz, her pup’s no longer seen with her for the rest of the production! That had some Twitter followers mighty concerned about the fate of the beloved pooch!

Lost dog alert! Toto didn’t go with Dorothy – played by amazing newcomer Shanice Williams – to Oz and that had some Twitter users wanting to know where he went after being in the introductory scenes. According to The Wrap, the reason Toto went absent goes back to the original Broadway staging of The Wiz. The 1977 theatrical production’s dog trainer was reportedly unable to get the pooch ready for the entire show, so Toto only appeared in Dorothy in her the final scene back home. But Twitter followers didn’t know the reason he went missing, and went nuts with worry:

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We can totally see why, with all the amazing dancing and production numbers during tonight’s show, the poor pooch would have gotten trampled, or at least completely confused by all the lights, sounds, noises and colors that were going on around him. So it’s probably for the best that the doggie stayed behind in peaceful Omaha instead. To purchase your own copy of The Wiz Live, click here

HollywoodLifers, share your thoughts with us about The Wiz Live! Did you love it as much as we did? Whose performance did you like the best? Sound off in the comments below.