The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is a musical with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls (and others) and book by William F. Brown. It is a retelling of L. Frank Baum 's children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) in the context of contemporary African-American culture.
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The Wiz is a 1978 American musical adventure fantasy film...
- Development and Broadway
The idea for the musical originated with producer Ken...
- National tour and later revival
The musical toured the US in 1976 and during the tour,...
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The Wiz, also known at times as Nobody Beats the Wiz, was a chain of electronic stores in the northeastern United States, located primarily in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Some locations were in Canada as well.
The chain was founded by four brothers, Douglas, Lawrence, Marvin, and Stephan Jemal, in New York City in 1977. Later, it officially changed its name to its well-known advertising slogan, "Nobody Beats The Wiz". During the early-to-mid 1990s "Nobody Beats The Wiz" was a major sponsor for all local NY sports franchises, including the Yankees, Knicks, Mets, New Jersey Nets, Rangers, New Jersey Devils and Islanders, and in other areas, the Baltimore Orioles, and had a significant television adverti
In the Seinfeld episode "The Junk Mail", Elaine begins dating Jack, a man with whom she has a "love at first sight" encounter. However, while viewing a VHS tape Jerry discovers an old commercial that features Jack as "The Wiz," the ludicrous mascot for the electronics store, apparently explaining the mysterious aura of glamour Elaine experienced when meeting him in person. After seeing the tape, Elaine desperately attempts to reunite with her previous boyfriend, David Puddy, but she is rejected
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The Wiz Live! is a television special that aired live on NBC on December 3, 2015. Produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, it is a performance of a new adaptation of the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz, a soul/R&B reinterpretation of L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The broadcast is performed live from Grumman Studios in Bethpage, New York. This adaptation of the musical combines aspects of both the Broadway play and its 1978 film adaptation.
Teenager Dorothy Gale lives with her Aunt Em and dog, Toto, on their farm in Kansas. One day, Dorothy tries to run away, but the three farmhands and Aunt Em stop her while she chases after Toto. Dorothy expresses her displeasure about her current life situations and wishes to go back to her hometown of Omaha. Aunt Em tells Dorothy how much she loves her dearly and hopes they will always be as close as they were when Dorothy was younger. When an approaching storm turns out to be a tornado, Aunt E
Pit voices were provided by Broadway Inspirational Voices. Source: Broadway World
"Emerald City Ballet " – Company "So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard" – Wizard "What Would I Do If I Could Feel" – Tin Man "We Got It" – Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News" – Evilene and Winkies "Funky Monkeys" – Company "Everybody Rejoice/A Brand New Day" – The Company "Y'all Got It!" – Wizard and Company "Believe in Yourself" – Glinda "Home/Finale" – Dorothy All numbers composed by Charlie Smalls save for the following: "Tornado" is ...
The production, a co-production between Universal Television and Cirque du Soleil Theatrical – who provided special acrobatic performers for the "Tornado", "You Can't Win", and "Funky Monkeys" sequences – was a follow-up to NBC's live musical events, The Sound of Music ...
The cost of a 30-second commercial during The Wiz ranged between $330,000 to $350,000, marking a drop from the $345,000 to $400,000 cost of ad time during Peter Pan Live!. The decrease in ad cost was attributed to the modest viewership of Peter Pan in comparison to The Sound of M
The Wiz Live! received positive reviews from critics, who praised the acting and singing abilities of the cast and for being an improvement over the two previous live NBC musicals. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a 91% rating, based on 33 reviews, with an average rating of 8.8/1
The Wiz Live! was seen by 11.5 million viewers, with a 3.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Although higher than Peter Pan Live!, it trailed a Thursday Night Football game on CBS between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, which was seen by around 17 million. Average househo
The Wiz is a Broadway musical based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The Wiz may also refer to: The Wiz (film), the 1978 film adaptation of the Broadway musical The Wiz (soundtrack), the soundtrack to the film
The Wiz is the original motion picture soundtrack album for the 1978 film adaptation of the Broadway musical The Wiz. Although the film was produced for Universal Pictures by Motown Records ' film division, the soundtrack album was issued on MCA Records as a two-LP collection (Universal was owned by MCA Inc. at the time).
Michael "Iz the Wiz" Martin (November 8, 1958 – June 17, 2009) was one of the most prominent graffiti writers of the New York graffiti movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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"A Brand New Day", also known as "Everybody Rejoice", is a song from the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz written by American R&B singer and songwriter Luther Vandross. (In 1976 Vandross recorded a version of the song for his album Luther, on Cotillion Records.)
Thelma Carpenter (January 15, 1922 – May 14, 1997) was an American jazz singer and actress, best known as "Miss One", the Good Witch of the North in the movie The Wiz.She was born in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of Fred and Mary Carpenter, and attended Girls' Commercial High School, where Susan Hayward was a few years ahead.
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