Sorry, Allison Williams! The Wiz Live Producers Admit Last Year’s Peter Pan …

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‘The Wiz': Ne-Yo’s Dance Move Was Most Tweeted Moment During Telecast.

The third live musical from NBC, which drew 11.5 million viewers on Thursday night, spurred more than triple the amount of tweets as the network’s two previous outings. At a time when the country is reeling from mass shootings, protests over police killing black teens, and presidential candidates railing against immigrants and refugees, there is no better time to experience a soothing, expertly executed celebration of family, friendship and black culture.Thursday’s staging of The Wiz Live! on NBC was a big success for the network with over 11 million viewers, strong reviews, and a huge reaction on social media. Throughout the three-hour telecast — a new version of the beloved 1975 Broadway production that updated The Wizard of Oz with a majority African-American cast and starring Shanice Williams, Ne-Yo, Common, Mary J.

Blige, an ever-regal Queen Latifah in the title role and a glittering emerald set — is leaving behind a pleasant afterglow among the Tampa Bay theater community. In the key demo of adults 18-49, the live musical scored a 3.4 rating, which is nearly triple NBC’s season average rating on Thursday nights (excluding sports) and beat “Peter Pan” (2.4) by 42 percent. “The Wiz” cast was lead by newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy flanked by stars Queen Latifah, Mary J.

EW talked to producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron about the great reaction, taking the show to Broadway in 2016 and what their next live musical will be. Blige, Amber Riley, Uzo Aduba, Elijah Kelley, David Alan Grier and Stephanie Mills — nearly 279,400 people posted just over 1.6 million tweets about The Wiz, and 6.4 million people saw those tweets a total of 128.9 million times. With an audience of 11.5 million, the musical attracted 2 million more viewers than last year’s Peter Pan, but fewer than the 18.6 million people who watched The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood. They were all the more impressed because she’s making her professional debut at only 19, and she had to hold her own with a cast that included Mary J. The Wiz differed significantly from either of those productions, both for its all-black cast (the first two were white as Wonder Bread), and as the recipient of better critical reviews.

Blige brought to their roles as Good Witch Addaperle and Bad Witch Evilene to the vogueing dance moves of folk in the Emerald City and Dorothy’s lines about her “squad” of friends. Blige, Queen Latifah, and Ne-Yo. (“Your world is about to ‘change its face’ but I know where you’re going…as far and as high as you want,” Audra McDonald tweeted to her.) Ms. We wanted this to be a really good morning for us and we wanted to really make sure that this tradition has legs to continue and I think this morning proves that there is an audience for these live musicals.

The night’s activity spike came at 8:49 pm ET, when Ne-Yo “hit the dab” as the Tin Man during the song “Slide Some Oil to Me” and triggered 15,218 tweets per minute, making his dance move the most tweeted moment of the live airing. (Dana Delany was particularly appreciative.) As the hashtag #TheWiz blew up nationally on Twitter over three hours of air time, its crown jewel belongs to this area: Kenny Leon, who directed The Wiz Live, is a graduate of Northeast High in St.

The 19-year-old New Jersey native vaulted effortlessly from the gee-whiz enthusiasm of Dorothy’s most earnest moments to the independent spirit a sister sometimes needs to keep some brothers in line. For the last month, she has been living in a hotel on Long Island, near the studio where the production rehearsed and shot, and commuting on weekends back to her mother’s house in Rahway, N.J., where she grew up. On Friday morning, still at the hotel, she was in shock about the performance. “My adrenaline was going from the time I woke up,” she said of the show day. “I knew, this is going to be great, this is going to be amazing.” Her parents — Andrea Holmes, who works in the post office, and Shelton Williams, a security guard — watched their only child’s television debut from home. “My story, I feel like it’s amazing, because it shows people no matter where you come from, no matter what your lifestyle is, your dreams could still come true if you believe in yourself and push hard to do what you want to do,” Ms.

That fact alone “fills us with such a sense of pride,” said Kevin Hendrick, Northeast’s principal. “We suggested they watch television (Thursday) night, which is something we don’t often do,” Hendrick said. “In this case, it shows not only what has happened, but what they might become.” Bob Devin Jones, the artistic director at the Studio@620, said that the production “definitely amplified” black talent in Hollywood and nationally despite a well-documented shortage of representation. The Wiz resonated culturally, Jones said, as did How to Get Away with Murder’s Viola Davis winning an outstanding actress in a drama Emmy earlier this year, the first such honor for an African-American.

Williams, that may mean Broadway — “The Wiz” is scheduled for a theatrical run next year and Broadway “has always been my dream,” she said. (Her newly acquired manager is in negotiations on her next project, details of which she couldn’t reveal.) But first, “I’m going to check out of this hotel and go home,” she said in a phone interview on Friday. “I’m excited to see my friends and my family and get my body back together, and relax.” A. When Queen Latifah first emerged as The Wiz, Dorothy and her crew repeatedly treated the character as a man, sparking comments online about Latifah playing across gender.

Washington said he appreciated the updated touches on a 40-year-old musical, which opened on Broadway in 1975, then a few years later became a movie starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. But when the classic scene unfolded where they discover The Wiz is a fraud, they also discover he is a she – a skillful bit of gender bending that felt like a trademark nod from Kinky Boots author Fierstein. Yeeesss, oh my goodness, our director Kenny [Leon], he feels like if you’re gonna pray, don’t worry, and if you’re gonna worry, go pray, so we had a huge prayer that just touched everyone.

One account named @Beautifully_C tweeted: “#‎TheWizLive is serving natural hair, black vernacular, black gays, black non gender conforming ppl…it is LITTTT.” And @dray noted: “#‎TheWizLive is a reminder that we are, and have always been, more than our pain. Shots often focused too tightly on performers during crucial moments – particularly when special effects such as fireworks or explosions were deployed around them. There was one moment where I hit a weird note and I didn’t even know if anyone noticed — I think in “Ease on Down the Road.” But I just got back into it.

I told Ne-Yo, when I get onstage, I don’t even know who I am and when I come off I don’t even remember where I’ve been, because it’s just like a whole other person. I was like, I’m really sad this is over, but I’m not crying and then I went in the room [backstage] and everyone started clapping for me and then the tears just started falling. The production was easily the best of NBC’s live musical events and one of the most inventive, eye-catching, expertly executed pieces of television this year. It felt like you were in the tornado, and also the use of musical comedy where Fatima choreographed the dancers for the tornado, and we had flying and the digital animation … I think that was representative of something you looked at and went, “Wow. From its earliest beginnings, The Wiz has been a proud example of how the most traditional elements of American pop culture can be transformed and made even more enjoyable by blending with black culture and talented black performers.

Like the ones about “Where’s Toto?” and all of these memes about Emerald City, whenever the celebs are wearing green and talking about getting [into] V.I.P. in Emerald City — they had us dying. ZADAN: My favorite song in the whole show and it’s always been that way since I was a kid and saw this show on Broadway is “Be a Lion.” That number just kills me. She’s been handling this with utmost grace with confidence, with kind of supernatural calmness that you’d think she knows she’s playing out her destiny. ZADAN: Kenny always felt like when The Wiz tells them they have to go off and kill the witch that this was a place that was crying out for a musical number. Are they going to say “Oh yeah, I want to go to Broadway for a year”? or will somebody say, “I’ll give you six months.” We don’t know any of that.

I think for the audience that saw this on TV and you can see your favorite people live in the theater do it, I think there might be a number of great people from our show that will do it on Broadway. Let’s just say we’ve been having ongoing conversations with Bob Greenblatt and we’re throwing everything up in the air and discussing other titles but we haven’t really landed.

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