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'The Wiz Live' Producers Talk Broadway Plans, Cast Involvement

'The Wiz Live' Producers Talk Broadway Plans, Cast Involvement

The producers of The Wiz Live are talking about their plans to bring the show to Broadway next year and if any cast members will be involved.

The telecast was the best-reviewed live musical that NBC has done so far and it brought in 11.5 million viewers, up a significant amount from last year’s Peter Pan Live.

“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,” Neil Meron told THR.

“We’d love for [Shanice Williams] to be on Broadway in The Wiz but that’s to be worked out,” Craig Zadan added.

“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 continued. “And if we can work out a pay scale. Broadway pays differently than doing film, TV and concerts.”

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  • Conte435

    JJ getting paid to report on this show, why all the stories, no one cares and this wasn’t even close to being popular .

    The Sound of Music was the most watched , at least get your facts right in you proproganda .

  • Gina

    JJ reported on this just as much as he reported on Sound of Music when it aired. Fair is fair.

  • smmy33

    And the Sound of Music had over 18 million viewers without JJ writing 3 headline stories and 10 posts on it and 2 days of weird hyping of stupid tv show.

  • Gina

    The show was stupid because you say it’s stupid? Gimme a damn break. It’s all a matter of opinion. The viewership has NOTHING to do with the quality of the production. I would argue that the Sound of Music was hyped before it aired more than the Wiz was, which is probably one of the reasons it had more viewers. Based on many accounts, the Wiz was very good, which warrants it being covered. If you don’t like it then you can exit stage left.

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