The cast of "The Wiz" (L-R Ted Ross, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Nipsey Russell) pose for a publicity shot in 1978 in New York.
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By Nolan Feeney
March 30, 2015

NBC is headed down the yellow brick road: the network will air a live musical adaptation of The Wiz on Dec. 3.

The retelling of The Wizard of Oz, which debuted in 1974 and was made into a movie starring Diana Ross in 1978, follows NBC’s previous TV-musical events The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live!, which starred Carrie Underwood and Girls‘ Allison Williams, respectively.

Cirque du Soleil’s new theatrical wing will co-produce the television production before bringing it to Broadway for the 2016-2017 season, Variety reports.

“We love this yearly tradition and we’re more excited than ever to not only bring another Broadway musical to America’s living rooms, but also see it land on Broadway as well,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “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.”

Here’s the trailer for NBC’s last musical extravaganza, Peter Pan Live!

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