In ‘The Wiz Live!’ on NBC, a Search for More in the Emerald City

December 4, 2015 12:41 PM

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In ‘The Wiz Live!’ on NBC, a Search for More in the Emerald City

“Empire” syndrome has now become so dire that NBC finally went and got its own lion. This one didn’t run a record label, suffer a major medical misdiagnosis, or spend an hour of television in prison alongside a cannibal.

This lion just sang, danced, growled and whimpered. He was played by David Alan Grier, whose early scenes were among the highlights of NBC’s broadcast of “The Wiz Live!,” a black incarnation of “The Wizard of Oz” that was a Broadway musical in 1975 and 1984 and aired live on Thursday night.

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