7.1/10
2,057
24 user 6 critic

The Wiz Live! (2015)

Promotional
0:31 | Promotional
A live production of the 1975 Broadway musical, "The Wiz," which put a modern spin on the classic "Wizard of Oz" tale with a cast of African-American actors.
Reviews
Popularity
4,873 ( 1,585)
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Wiz (1978)
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell
The Sound of Music Live! (TV Special 2013)
Biography | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A live telecast of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Directors: Rob Ashford, Beth McCarthy-Miller
Stars: Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Laura Benanti
Peter Pan Live! (TV Movie 2014)
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A live telecast of the beloved J. M. Barrie story.

Directors: Rob Ashford, Glenn Weiss
Stars: Allison Williams, Christian Borle, Kelli O'Hara
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Make room for ogre-sized family fun as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in a whole new way in this breathtaking Broadway musical adaptation of the hit movie Shrek!

Director: Michael John Warren
Stars: Brian d'Arcy James, Sutton Foster, Christopher Sieber
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Experience the magic and adventure from Walt Disney world of color

Stars: David Sparrow, Will Friedle, Laurie Murdoch
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (TV Movie 2005)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

This version of The Wizard of Oz is played by the Muppets!

Director: Kirk R. Thatcher
Stars: Ashanti, Jeffrey Tambor, Quentin Tarantino
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

On Halloween night, two precocious little girls try to save their parents from the greedy clutches of their nasty old Capitalist aunt. Magic abounds and they meet new albeit strange friends along the way.

Director: Stuart Margolin
Stars: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Cloris Leachman
That's So Raven (2003–2007)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A teenage girl periodically receives brief psychic visions of the near future. Trying to make these visions come true results in trouble, and hilarious situations, for the girl and her friends.

Stars: Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol
Lizzie McGuire (2001–2004)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The daily adventures of an adolescent girl whose real thoughts and emotions are expressed by her sarcastic animated alter ego.

Stars: Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Robert Carradine
Raven's Home (TV Series 2017)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Though Raven Baxter is psychic, she would've never guess she'd be a single mother living in an apartment with her twins Nia and Booker Baxter and her best friend Chelsea and son Levi.

Stars: Jason Maybaum, Sky Katz, Anneliese van der Pol
Brink! (TV Movie 1998)
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Andy "Brink" Brinker and his in-line skating crew--Peter, Jordy, and Gabriella--who call themselves "Soul-Skaters" (which means they skate for the fun of it, and not for the money), clash ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Beeman
Stars: Erik von Detten, Sam Horrigan, Christina Vidal
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first holiday ever in this epic story of friendship and destiny.

Director: John Lee
Stars: Paul Reubens, Jordan Black, Doug Cox
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Common ... The Bouncer
Amber Riley ... Addapearle
Uzo Aduba ... Glinda the Good Witch of the South
Stephanie Mills Stephanie Mills ... Auntie Em
Elijah Kelley ... Scarecrow
Ne-Yo ... Tin-Man
David Alan Grier ... The Cowardly Lion
Mary J. Blige ... Evillene
Shanice Williams ... Dorothy Gale
Queen Latifah ... The Wiz
Chris Borrero Chris Borrero ... Ensemble / Cirque
Olutayo Bosede Olutayo Bosede ... Ensemble
James Brown III ... Crow
Ilia Jessica Castro Ilia Jessica Castro ... Ensemble
Kacie Noel Garland Kacie Noel Garland ... Ensemble
Edit

Storyline

A live production of the 1975 Broadway musical, "The Wiz," which put a modern spin on the classic "Wizard of Oz" tale with a cast of African-American actors.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Ease on down the road to Oz!


Certificate:

TV-G
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wiz Live! See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan originally planned to make a television film for Disney based on The Wiz in 1998 with Anika Noni Rose as Dorothy Gale and Paula Abdul providing choreography. However, these plans fell through because of rights issues with Universal. See more »

Quotes

The Cowardly Lion: Now, that ol' witch is deathly afraid of water. She don't even bathe! She sends herself out once a week for dry cleanin'.
See more »


Soundtracks

"Soon As I Get Home
Written by Charlie Smalls
Performed by Shanice Williams
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
if I wanted to hear screaming, I'd go to a playground
5 December 2015 | by clearthinkernowSee all my reviews

I don't think I've ever actually seen The Wiz before. I do remember the commercials and all the interviews back when Michael Jackson's version was made, but don't recall seeing the entire movie. Perhaps it's time to check it out now. For a big-name production and, I'm sure a big financial commitment by NBC, this is a sad mess. Some of the songs have become iconic, but the renditions here show each performer trying to make his or her "mark" by screaming out the songs. Screaming may be in vogue right now, but it is not pleasing nor does it actually showcase a singer's talent. I found it so annoying, I had to force myself to sit through the entire production. The reason we enjoys musicals is so that we can live through the songs with the story. If I'm gritting my teeth and grimacing throughout, I'm not enjoying. Skip this version. Unfortunately another loss for NBC live productions.

The story of The Wiz should be light and airy. This one was so angry that I would have ended viewing if children had been present. We never saw Dorothy scowl before. Speaking of children, Dorothy, who is a child, had the shortest skirt NBC could get away with. I am appalled that, even with children, we cannot seem to have modest clothing. The actress did not have a slip on either. Her turns showed all the way up. This version is definitely not for children or anyone who appreciates fine theatre or their hearing.


6 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed