'The Wiz' slated to be NBC's next live musical event in December

March 30, 2015 9:12 PM

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The network that brought viewers live broadcasts of new versions of "The Sound of Music" and "Peter Pan" has slated "The Wiz" for its next live production on Dec. 3. Cirque Du Soleil will partner with NBC for the TV production, as well as present a major Broadway revival of the musical for the 2016-17 season.

Tony Award-winning producer Kenny Leon ("A Raisin in the Sun")will stage both the TV production and stage revival of "The Wiz," while Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein ("Kinky Boots", "Hairspray") will contribute new songs to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.

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