Following in the footsteps of “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan”, NBC has decided to give Black America a possible heart attack by tackling “The Wiz” as their next live musical. Per Time.com
The network announced today that it will follow up its live productions of Peter Pan and The Sound of Music with a live production of The Wiz on Dec. 3. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron – who most recently produced the Oscars – will oversee the production, along with Cirque du Soleil. After the telecast, Cirque du Soleil will present The Wiz as a Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season. Director Kenny Leon will stage the TV production and Broadway revival with Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, who will create new material for the production, which is a retelling of The Wizard of Oz featuring an ethnically diverse cast.
The original starred Diana Ross and has become a cult favorite over time. I’m all for this, especially if they can get Christopher Walken again…somehow.