The cast and creators of NBC’s live production of “The Wiz Live” eased on down the road to the DGA Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday. Cast members attending were Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, David Alan Grier, Ne-Yo, Shanice Williams, Elijah Kelley, and Amber Riley. Joining them on stage were executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, director Kenny Leon, choreographer Fatima Robinson, and music producer Harvey Mason, Jr.
The packed room full of Emmy voters and fans enjoyed a lively Q&A which was capped off by performances of two songs: Williams’ rendition of the show-stopping “Home” from the 1975 Tony-winning musical and “We Got It” for which Williams, who played Dorothy, was joined by Ne-Yo (Tin Man), Kelley (Scarecrow) and Grier (Cowardly Lion). That tune was penned by Ne-Yo, Kelley, Harvey Mason Jr. and Stephen Oremus for this new TV adaptation and is eligible for an Emmy.
NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt introduced the panel and discussed the resurgence of live television productions kicked off by Meron and Zadan in 2013 with “The Sound of Music.” “The Wiz Live” will compete as a Special Class production at the Emmys, and its cast members will be on the ballot in the movie/limited series acting categories.
Below, watch exclusive videos below from throughout the evening as well as on the red carpet.
Click each link below for exclusive videos from “The Wiz Live” event this week:
Red Carpet Arrivals with cast members
Queen Latifah on how she got involved to play the Wizard
Shanice Williams on being the perfect Dorothy
Mary J. Blige on her iconic witch costume as Evilene
Producers and Cast on passing the torch from original cast member Stephanie Mills
Producers and NBC on how they chose “The Wiz” as their next live show
Cast and Producers thanking NBC and Robert Greenblatt
“We Got It” performance
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