Get ready to see the Wizard! Following the success of 2013's The Sound of Music and last year's production of Peter Pan, NBC announced today that The Wiz will be the network's next live musical. For those unfamiliar with the show, The Wiz re-imagines The Wizard of Oz with an all-black cast set in a New York City-inspired Land of Oz.
Just like the twist on the classic, NBC will also be doing things a bit differently. Unlike the previous two productions, the network has decided to partner with Cirque du Soleil to not only produce the show, but they'll also be bringing the event to Broadway as a revival for 2016.
“We love this yearly tradition and we’re more excited than ever to not only bring another Broadway musical to America’s living rooms, but also see it land on Broadway as well,” NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “Cirque’s incredible imagination will help bring the fantasy world of Oz vividly to life and give this great show a modern spin on the age-old story we all love.”
The Wiz will debut on NBC on December 3.