Tuesday, August 9, 2022

‘The Wiz Live!’ Ratings; Soundtrack Release Date and More

The Wiz Live!
The Wiz Live!

*You saw NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” last night and now you need the soundtrack in your life.

Sony Music Masterworks and Broadway Records are making it available Dec. 11 across all digital service providers (download and streaming), and the CD will be released on Dec. 18, the companies announced.

The album every song from the live production, including “Ease on Down the Road,” “A Brand New Day,” and of course, the Shanice Williams showstopper “Home,” which has been on sale as a single since Nov. 27. [See the album’s full tracklist below.]

Also included is the new song “We Got It,” written by cast member Ne-Yo, Harvey Mason Jr. and Stephen Oremus with cast member Elijah Kelley.

The Wiz Live!
The Wiz Live! (NBC)

NBC’s highly-anticipated production of “The Wiz Live!” not only earned respectable ratings, drawing 11.1 million viewers, but beat NBC’s musical predecessor “Peter Pan Live.” That production, led by Brian Williams’ daughter Allison Williams, drew just 9.1 million in 2014. NBC’s 2013 musical “The Sound of Music Live” remains in first place, earning 18.6 million as broadcast TV’s first live musical staging in decades.

“The Wiz Live!” even managed to lure its 11.1 million against a “Thursday Night Football” thriller on CBS, which ended in a Green Bay Packers Hail Mary pass to top the Detroit Lions. The 8:30-11 p.m. game saw a total audience of 12.93 million.

Below, the track-listing for “The Wiz Live! Cast Album”:
Prologue (Orchestra)
The Feeling We Once Had (Stephanie Mills, Ensemble)
Tornado (Orchestra, Ensemble)
He’s the Wizard (Amber Riley, Shanice Williams, Ensemble)
Soon As I Get Home (Shanice Williams)
You Can’t Win (Elijah Kelley, Male Ensemble)
Ease On Down the Road (Shanice Williams, Elijah Kelley, David Alan Grier, NE-YO)
Slide Some Oil to Me (NE-YO)
I’m a Mean Ole Lion (David Alan Grier)
Be a Lion (Shanice Williams, David Alan Grier, Ensemble)
So You Wanted to See the Wizard (Queen Latifah)
What Would I Do If I Could Feel (NE-YO, Shanice Williams, Elijah Kelley, David Alan Grier, Ensemble)
We Got It (Shanice Williams, NE-YO, Elijah Kelley, David Alan Grier, Ensemble)
Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News (Mary J. Blige, Ensemble)
A Brand New Day (Shanice Williams, NE-YO, Elijah Kelley, David Alan Grier, Ensemble)
Y’All Got It (Queen Latifah)
Believe in Yourself (Uzo Aduba)
Home (Shanice Williams)




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