Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Stephanie Mills Returning to ‘The Wiz’ for NBC’s Live Broadcast

Stephanie Mills
Stephanie Mills

*Stephanie Mills will ease on down to NBC’s upcoming musical adaptation of “The Wiz,” itself an African American musical adaptation of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

Mills played Dorothy in Broadway’s “The Wiz” in 1975 and in a 1984 revival, but will portray Aunti Em in NBC’s live broadcast of the play. The network is looking to find a newcomer to play Dorothy.

Stephanie Mills in The Wiz on Broadway
Stephanie Mills in The Wiz on Broadway

NBC announced in March that “The Wiz” would follow NBC’s previous live musical productions “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan.” But “The Wiz” will be the first to be co-produced by Cirque du Soleil’s new stage theatrical division, which will also help adapt the show for the Broadway stage.

The announcement was reportedly made at the Peacock network’s New York upfronts, and was later shared on Twitter by executive producer Craig Zadan.

As previously reported, the production will air on Dec. 3, with plans to bring it to the Broadway in the 2016-17 season.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Baby could still play Dorothy as far as I’m concerned… No one can play Dorothy like Stephanie did…

    I will NEVER forget the magic that happened at the Majestic Theatre during the winter of 1975!

    Stephanie Mills owns the role of Dorothy in The Wiz. Her incredible vocal range, and the delightful way that she took command of that stage was amazing! What can I say, you had to be there…

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