The 2015 production of The Wiz, originally broadcast live and featuring Queen Latifah, Mary J Blige and Amber Riley, will be made available to UK audiences for free for 48 hours from 7.00pm BST on Friday 12th June via Universal’s The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel.
Universal has confirmed that beloved musical productions will continue to run via the channel, with The Sound of Music streaming after the initial Andrew Lloyd Webber series of shows. Last weekend Hairspray Live, featuring Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson was streamed. To date, millions of musical theatre fans around the globe have tuned in and donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to charity, whilst watching and singing-a-long at home.
Following the success of The Sound of Music Live! multi-award winning executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron return to produce a live broadcast of “The Wiz.” Based on L. Frank Baum’s classic story and the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “The Wiz Live!” brings the wonderful world of Oz to life like never before, featuring a star-studded cast of performers and the awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil Theatrical.
Whisked away from home by a tornado, young Dorothy finds herself transported to the magical Land of Oz, where she sets off on a quest to meet the powerful Wizard and find her way back home. Crossing paths with enchanting friends and wicked foes, Dorothy’s journey is a timeless tale about friendship, courage and learning to believe in oneself. Starring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Uzo Aduba, Ne-Yo, and a host of other talented performers, “The Wiz Live!” invites viewers of all ages to ease on down the yellow brick road for a vibrant musical adventure unlike any other.