After the travesties that were Sound of Music Live and Peter Pan Live the last two years, NBC finally made it happen with The Wiz Live! I’m sure a lot of this has to do with the fact that I was largely unfamiliar with the Michael Jackson version on the movie so there were no warm fuzzy memories for it to overcome. I also had incredibly low expectations, like all of America. I wasn’t cringing within the first five seconds of this musical, so just on that fact alone, this was the best live musical NBC has yet attempted.
Obviously, my cat’s favorite character was the Lion, as played by David Alan Grier. He had some laugh-out-loud lines and was much more talented than I had expected. My favorite character was Mary J. Blige as the Wicked Witch of the West. Look at this dress!
She wasn’t the best actress, to be honest, but I love Mary J. Blige, and so I was enthralled. Did Uzo Aduba make me cry as Glenda the Good Witch? Maybe she did. (She did.) Is Nee-Yo possibly the most talented singer who has ever walked the planet? I think that he is! The proof is that this role made my friend’s seventy-something-year-old mother fall in love with him.
My only criticism that I can remember is that I couldn’t see Elijah Kelley’s beautiful face under his Scarecrow costume. But I could see his beautiful dancing, so that’s cool.
Did you guys watch? Did you love it? If you didn’t watch, what were you doing with your life? Must See TV isn’t on anymore! What else could you possibly have been watching?!??!