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‘The Wiz Live!’ Floods My Mind with Memories of Joy – Editorial Comment by Cassiette West-Williams, Special to the Traveler Weekly

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Floods My Mind with Memories of Joy

Editorial Comment by Cassiette West-Williams, Special to the Traveler Weekly

No one should be surprised that NBC’s re-make of the Wiz surpassed that of last year’s Peter Pan. With new talent, enhanced actors and actresses, veteran Wiz alumnae from 40 years ago, and a crew of creative minds dedicated to putting a fresh spin on a successful stage play, the 2015 remake was destined to be successful.

The re-make was so positive that NBC has re-programmed it to run again at 8pm, Saturday, December 19, 2015.

Scores of families watched the live play, which was introduced to toddlers and some adults for the first time ever. My grandson had dozed off by the first time Dorothy and crew arrived in Oz, but as the magical night continued, I remained awe-struck, watching how the story line changed, admiring the costumes and new choreography, and sometimes astonished with the hip-hop jargon infused into the dialogue.