For the first two years, poor casting became an apparent downfall of the production. This year, though the cast had some great name talent, all of these individuals have a history of performance in both music and acting. This cast was well balanced and had a fantastic chemistry!
The publicity of any event is prime to the success of the performance. The Wiz had an exceptional social media presence and great "behind the scenes" videos and photos from the cast and rehearsal process. You can continue to check out their Facebook page here. Be sure to check out some of the videos and photos while you're there!
Visually, the Wiz is high on choreography and visual effects. Since many people tuning into the event were aware - even familiar - with the Michael Jackson/Diana Ross movie version, the choreographer of this event had some stiff competition. Here's a glimpse of Fatima Robinson (choreographer's) work:
If you didn't get a chance to see The Wiz Live last night, I'm sure you can start searching the internet today for some great clips and videos. They have released a soundtrack for this production that you can purchase and enjoy over and over (it's on my Christmas wish list already). See you next week!