The Shows Must Go On: The Wiz streaming for free this week

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A full-length musical production of The Wiz will be streaming for free at the end of the week – full details of the show and its cast line-up right here.

Each week, after the programme was launched by Andrew Lloyd Webber with a collection of his shows, Universal has taken up the mantle and released a full length musical production online for free streaming. The shows are available for 48 hours at a time, and a new one has been arriving each Friday.

Last week’s was supposed to be Peter Pan Live!, although Universal ultimately postponed that production’s release, and posted a video message in support of Black Lives Matter. No date has thus far been announced for that one yet.

Thus Friday, the show has instead been confirmed as The Wiz, with the cast for the production featuring Queen Latifah, Mary J Blige, David Alan, Grier, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelly, Uzo Aduba, Amber Riley, Common, Stephanie Mills and Shanice Williams.

As always, the show will appear at 7pm on The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel. You’ll be able to find that here.

Here’s an image or two from the production…

And the official synopsis too.

Following the success of “The Sound of Music Live!” and “Peter Pan Live!,” multi-award winning executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron return to produce a live broadcast of “The Wiz.” Based on L. Frank Baum’s classic story and the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “The Wiz Live!” brings the wonderful world of Oz to life like never before, featuring a star-studded cast of performers and the awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil Theatrical. Whisked away from home by a tornado, young Dorothy finds herself transported to the magical Land of Oz, where she sets off on a quest to meet the powerful Wizard and find her way back home. Crossing paths with enchanting friends and wicked foes, Dorothy’s journey is a timeless tale about friendship, courage and learning to believe in oneself. Starring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Uzo Aduba, Ne-Yo, and a host of other talented performers, “The Wiz Live!” invites viewers of all ages to ease on down the yellow brick road for a vibrant musical adventure unlike any other.

We’ll remind you again on Friday…

Images: Virginia Sherwood/NBC | 2015 NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

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