SONY MUSIC MASTERWORKS AND BROADWAY RECORDS TO RELEASE THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK OF THE NBC TELEVISION EVENT "THE WIZ LIVE!"
Available On All Digital Service Providers December 11 CD Out December 18
"Home" by Shanice Williams - Single Available November 27
Sony Music Masterworksand Broadway Records will release the original soundtrack of the NBC Television event "The Wiz LIVE!" soundtrack which features the well-known hits "Ease on Down the Road," "A Brand New Day" and "Home," plus the new song "We Got It." Written by Grammy Award winners, NE-YO, Harvey Mason Jr. and Stephen Oremus with Elijah Kelley, "We Got It" will be performed in the broadcast by cast members NE-YO and Kelley, along with Shanice Williams, David Alan Grier and The Wiz ensemble. The single "Home" performed by Williams will be available digitally on November 27. "The Wiz LIVE!" soundtrack will be released via all digital service providers (download and streaming) December 11, followed by the CD on December 18.
NBC's highly anticipated production of "The Wiz LIVE!" will broadcast December 3. Rising star Shanice Williams (Dorothy) leads an all-star cast featuring Queen Latifah (The Wiz), Mary J. Blige (Evillene), David Alan Grier (Cowardly Lion), NE-YO (Tin Man), Elijah Kelley (Scarecrow), Uzo Aduba (Glinda), Amber Riley (Addaperle), Common (Bouncer), Stephanie Mills (Aunt Em) and Cirque du Soleil.
"The Wiz LIVE!" is adapted from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum, with a book by William F. Brown, and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. The production opened on Broadway in 1975 at the Majestic Theatre and won seven Tonys, including Best Musical.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("The Sound of Music Live!," "Peter Pan Live!" and Oscar-winning "Chicago") will executive produce. Director Kenny Leon (Tony winner, "A Raisin in the Sun") collaborates with live television director, Matthew Diamond, and Harvey Fierstein (three-time Tony winner, "Torch Song Trilogy," "Hairspray" and "La Cage aux Folles"), who provides new written material.
Esteemed choreographer Fatima Robinson ("Dreamgirls," "Ali") is also on board, along with music producer Harvey Mason Jr. ("Dreamgirls, "Pitch Perfect 2") and Stephen Oremus ("The Book of Mormon," "Kinky Boots") as music director, orchestrator and co-producer of the music.
"The Wiz LIVE!" is produced by Universal Television in association with Cirque Du Soleil Theatrical.