By Jack Rico
The Wiz is coming back to Broadway. The last time it was on the stage, it was 1975 and it ended up winning the Tony for Best Musical. This time around Broadway veteran Harvey Fierstein will re-adapt the original book and Tony winner Kenny Leon will direct. No official date yet, but rumored to come sometime around 2016-2017 season.
In a statement, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, who is also overseeing the NBC Live-Performance, said, “It’s a natural next step for our live musical events, and we’re so pleased to be in business with this award-winning creative team of Cirque Du Soleil. Cirque’s incredible imagination will help bring the fantasy world of Oz vividly to life and give this great show a modern spin on the age-old story we all love.”
“The Wiz” is a multicultural version of “The Wizard of Oz”. It starred Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Lena Horne, Nipsey Russell, and Richard Pryor.