The Wiz Live! - NBC Musical

The Wiz Live! – NBC Musical

NBC has revived the movie musical with their hugely popular stagings of The Sound of Music Live! starring country superstar Carrie Underwood and Peter Pan Live! featuring Girls star Allison Williams and now the network has decided on it’s next magical production, the Wizard of Oz adaptation The Wiz. Open casting calls for roles in the sure to be global sensation The Wiz Live! are set to be held soon and a number of aspiring actors, singers and dancers will soon have a once in a lifetime chance to be in an unforgettable project.

The Wiz Live! will be a live NBC movie based on the 1978 film starring music legends Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Nipsey Russell directed by Academy Award winner Sidney Lumet. This beloved adaptation of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz tells the classic story of Dorothy and her incredible journey down the yellow brick road through the magical Emerald City. Where she meets a tin man, a scarecrow and a cowardly lion who change her life forever and help her find her way back home.

Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (The Oscars, Steel Magnolias, Bonnie and Clyde) of this multi-cultural musical interpretation will add an incredible dance and movement element thanks to a fabulous

collaboration with the world-famous Cirque du Soleil which will only further enhance the unforgettable writing of William F. Brown (who created the acclaimed book), and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls which will be given an update and polish by Emmy Award nominee and Broadway superstar Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, Independence Day, The Simpsons). The film will be directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (In the Heat of the Night,  A Raisin in the Sun, Aida) and will make an extended run on Broadway following the broadcast. This could be the chance for a group of talented performers to not only feature in a major network production but achieve Broadway stardom as well!

The Wiz Live! is coming and is ready to rock the socks off of millions of fans around the world. The first open casting call for prominent roles in this amazing new production is set to take place very soon. Those interested in attending should come prepared to sing a short acapella portion of the classic numbers ‘Be a Lion’, ‘Ease on Down the Road’ or ‘Home’. More audition information for the project can be found here and we will be posting all future casting notices. Keep checking back for more news and updates and leave a comment in the space below and tell us what you think of this legendary musical and why you would like to be chosen for the all new version, NBC’s The Wiz Live!.

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  4. Javonda Hughes

    Oh my goodness this is seriously a dream of mine. I love the wiz and would die to be Dorothy. Everything about acting and musical theatre is my passion and life
    long dream. I want this so badly! I think I’d be perfect for the role.

  5. michelle b

    I would love to be apart of this movie!!! 🙂

  6. Danielle Hunter

    My name is Danielle Hunter. I am 16 years old. I am 5’3″. I love to sing; I’m not technically a dancer per se, but I enjoy it whenever the opportunity presents itself and I’m a very fast learner; I love acting whenever I get the chance. I’ve performed several times: for all three, dancing, singing and acting. If you need a list and/or references, I can provide those. I don’t exactly have a commanding stage presence, but I’m confident, diligent and good at following directions. If there is anything I have left out, please let me know and I will provide that information.

  7. Marissa

    Hey, my name is Marissa and I am 21 years old.
    I would love to be a part of this exciting piece of The Wiz! It seems like it will be a fun time and I absolutely love acting, dancing, singing, and having a sense of humor. I have previous experience acting in school plays and have been involved in dance shows since I was 3 years old. I would fit in perfectly with my attitude and energy!
    Being a part of this piece of The Wiz Live would mean the world to me; The Wizard of Oz was always one of my favorite films and I recently got told that I look like Dorothy, how IRONIC! This is something I can definitely do.

    Height = 5’8″
    Weight = 110
    Eye Color = Hazel
    Hair Color = Brown
    Ethnicity = Caucasian
    Features = freckles
    PERKS: great sense of humor and enormous amount of energy!

  8. Marissa

    Hey, my name is Marissa and I am 21 years old.
    I would love to be a part of this exciting piece of The Wiz! It seems like it will be a fun time and I absolutely love acting, dancing, singing, and having a sense of humor. I have previous experience acting in school plays and and I think I would fit in perfectly with my attitude and energy!
    Being a part of this piece of The Wiz Live would mean the world to me. This is something I can definitely do!

    Height = 5’8″
    Weight = 110
    Eye Color = Hazel
    Hair Color = Brown
    Ethnicity = Caucasian
    Features = freckles
    PERKS: great sense of humor and enormous amount of energy!

  9. Samantha Camarillo

    These are some facts about me Samantha Camarillo I’m 12years old I live in San Antonio tx .I have Brown eyes 4/10
    Tall I weigh 98 pounds

  10. Samantha Camarillo

    This sounds so much fun I would love to audition

  11. shaekia jefferson

    Im 27 female around 205lb african American i sang not sing and ive done plays before

  12. Patricia Peoples

    Hi my name is Patricia Peoples, I am an artist, singer, actress, guitar player and Entrepreneur for a non-profit Art and Music Academy. I am very outgoing and love the Wiz. Last summer kids from the community did a play performance. I loved the experience and would love to perform or be an extra in the Wiz.
    I have always dreamed of taking my talents to the next level. I just complete working with wonderful people in the “Carter Movie”, which will be out October 30, 2015, and performing on stage playing the bass guitar during Black Heritage month.
    At the end of the day, I just want to have fun. It would be a really good opportunity for me to be a part of this wonderful project.
    Some facts about me:
    Name: Patricia Peoples
    Location: Dallas, Texas
    Height: 5,7 feet
    Weight: 143 Ibs.
    Eye color: Brown
    Hair color: black
    Ethnicity: African American
    Love Music and Art

  13. Hannah Smith

    Name: Hannah Shyanne Smith
    age: 15 (will be 16 in beginning of march)
    height: 5’2
    weight: 134
    background: Hello my name is Hannah smith, I’ve been acting my whole life. I’ve been in acting classes and clubs since I was around five. I have a wide knowledge of acting technique. I work well with others and have a great sense of responsibility.

  14. Summer Hadnot

    Education:High School student (currently)
    Eye color:Brown
    Hair color:Brown
    Ethnicity:African American

    Hi,I’m Summer I am absolutely excited about this opportunity. I have waited for this for a long time. I feel in my heart that my dream will come true and i will be satisfied with any role i am given.No role is to small or big is what i tell myself, if i could just get this opportunity i wouldn’t back down and i will say strong.

    Just take a chance and do what you love
    Thank you

  15. Paulette Purvis

    While scrolling through an opportunity to sing in a Musical, I came across this one. It stood out. I am Glinda, the good witch from the South, (Lena Horne). Being born and raised in N.C., too. Everything about her character is me. When the movie came out in 1978, I was 18 years old at the time, now 57 years young. I wanted to be Dorothy, and The Good Witch from the South so badly. It was a childhood dream, and still is. It never leaves you. If given the opportunity to try out for her part will be a dream come true. Afterall, it is only an audtion. What can it hurt. You all will have the last word anyway. It will make my dreams come true knowing that at least I did try. It will not be time wasted. Thank you.

  16. Aaliyah Miller

    Age: 10

    Gender: Female

    Height: 4’9″

    Weight: 112

    Eye color: Brown

    Hair color: Black

    Race: African American

    Hi I’m Aaliyah and my favorite thing to do is sing. I’ve been singing my whole life so I’ve had ten years to practice. I started when I was a baby and just humming to music and when I learned to talk I sang. I have to be honest I don’t really have experience with acting but I’m willing to give it a try.

  17. Caleb

    My name’s Caleb and I have aspired to be an actor since 3yrs of age.I put my blood spit(especially spit)and tears when I am reading a script when though I have small amounts of practice I believe I will stay persistent through the whole practice.

  18. Nicolette Grundstrom

    Nicolette Grundstrom

    Age: 14 Height: 5’3 Hair color: Red Gender: Female

    The Girl with the Golden Locks; Little Pig; Douglas High School Drama Club
    Footloose; Background Character; Hanover Theater Camp in Worcester

    Douglas Middle School, 2015
    Currently Douglas High School

    Special Skills:
    Improvisation, Sports (JV Girls Soccer team, Liverpool Football Soccer Club) Singing (Acapella Group, Show Choir), Acting, Beginners Tumbling, Piano.

  19. Caliecia Johnson

    The Wiz happens to be one of my favorite old school movies. Although, I am only 11 years of age, this is a pure classic. I would love opportunity to audition to be a part of this amazing remake.

  20. Grace Lombardi

    My name is Grace.I am 12 yrs old.I would LOVE❤️ To be part of this because There Is No Place Like Home as Dorothy says.I dance daily at a dance studio and I am in Honors Chorus and Orchestra.I have been in productions in my area and love it.I would be honored to do something new like this and just be able to Ease On Down The Road?
    Grace Lombari

  21. Belle

    Hair Type:Curly wavy brown hair

    My name is Belle and i love the 1930’s and I love the Wizard of Oz so I think I would be great for the show.

  22. Benjamin McElroy

    Name:Benjamin McElroy
    Weight:100 lbs
    Height:5 foot 5
    Ethnicity: Caucasian
    Eye color: green
    Hair color: brow

    Young aspriring actor a lot of experience with ten theatre production s under my belt and I’m in my eleventh I would I love to be apart of this production contact me with my email

  23. Amanda Miller

    Name : Amanda Miller
    Age : 19
    Race : Native American / Mixed
    Complexion : Caramel Tone / Brownskin
    Height : 5’3
    Lbs : 109lbs
    Build : Slim / Athletic
    Hair Color : Dark Brown
    Length : Past Shoulders
    Eye Color : Dark Brown / (Usually Wearing Hazel Contacts)

    I’ve got the face! I’ve got the talent! Now all I need is my big break! (:

  24. Lucas Adelman

    Hi! My name is Lucas and I am 12 years old! A man aspiring actor that had already been in some small plays. I am 5’4 and 105 lbs. I have done some parkour and enjoy watching weird movies. I think I could also bring some fun attitude into the set and I am also a Jr comedian at my school at an unofficial think in the parking lot. Please let me know what you think!

  25. Agnes Mwikali

    Hi, am Agnes Mwikali . Acting has been my dream since when i was young. Being part of this production will be the best start off for a young upcoming talented African actress like me. I really do like “The Wizard Of Oz” and having acted in a number of national high school plays i believe that i can stage an excellent performance in the production.
    Age: 16
    Residence:Kenya, Africa.
    Dark eyes and hair.

  26. Agnes Mwikali

    Hi, am Agnes Mwikali hailing from Kenya,Africa. Acting has been my dream since when i was young. Being part of this production will be the best start off for a young upcoming talented African actress like me. I really do like “The Wizard Of Oz” and having acted in a number of national high school plays i believe that i can stage an excellent performance in the production.
    Age: 16
    Residence:Kenya, Africa.
    Dark eyes and hair.

  27. tina

    The Wiz, so cool that it’s coming to Television, would love to be a part of that!

  28. Brandi Blair

    Hello, my name is Brandi. I’m a young aspiring actress and I think that a role in this production would be beyond a great start for me. I have little experience from school and church plays when I was younger, and just last year I had the chance to be a part of the Whitney Houston movie. Ever since, I’ve been looking for opportunities to further that experience. I would be great for this production because of my great people skills, my ability to quickly learn and adapt to new skills and settings, and abilities of singing and dancing. I’ve been able to sing dance and act since I was a little girl, now things have only gotten better and my desire has only grown stronger. I’m ready for a shot, I’m hoping and praying that you will give me one. Thanks so much!

    Age: 19
    Height: 5’5
    Weight: 145
    Eye Color: brown
    Hair: straight, black
    Ethnicity: African American
    Skin: light brown
    Body: fit, athletic
    Location: Lansing, MI

  29. andrew aleman

    I would love to be part of the wiz! I have been in higj school musicals and also solo acts! I have done many events in school being in musicals and plays and one-acts!i would love to be considered for the wiz as a singer dancer and or actor!

  30. Fanesia Redd

    The Wiz is nothing short of legendary. I saw it performed live in my hometown of Greenville, MS several times when I was younger during which time I grasped interest in musicals. I later saw the original film which further made me a huge Michael Jackson fan and easily admire Diana Ross. As a musical entertainer who incorporates improv/role play in performance, I believe I would be a great asset in giving the newest production a quality fresh urban feel.

  31. Moniette Bondu Florentino

    I have been a major fan of this production at least 40 years!I would be honored to be a part of this Historic Masterpiece!

  32. Ariel Olivieri

    Where will auditions in NYC be held???

  33. mary love

    My name is Mary Love. I am 63 years old, 5’5″, 180 lbs and have acted before. Every since I watched The Wiz with Michael Jackson, it has always been a dream of mine to get a part as Ever be an. I feel as though I could make that part my own. The song No Bad News, I pictured myself singing that in a play. I am outgoing, easy to a adapt, learn fast, a team player, and willing to work hard. I would love the opportunity to audition for a role in this musical. It warms my heart to think of what I could accomplish by being a part of such a spectacular event. Thank you for your time.

  34. Jamie Erlenbach

    hi! my name is jamie, im 12 years old, and am very serious about starting a career in performing arts. i have starred in many school plays, participated in school chorus, scored many solos and am signed with a modeling agency. also i think this would be a great fit because my “big break” was as dorothy in the wizard of oz. if you are interested in me, please call me at 3478167554. if i can not be reached, please call my mother at 7189135668. THANK YOU!

    female,12 years old, waist long dirty blonde hair, green eyes, slightly tan, 5 feet tall, 94 lbs

  35. Gretchen - Algna

    How we contact you? and when I have an audition? I’m interesting in be part of almost all productions in the page.

  36. Dajia smith

    Hello, my name is dajia smith and I’m 11 years old and I am African American and I am 5ft tall. I have always had a dream that I would one day be in lights. I’ve had lots of experience in theater such as I’ve played in Snow White pint size patriots African saga and also worked in hair and makeup I am currently going to a school called sasa It stands for Saginaw arts and science academy it is a school for the arts and I go there for theater ofcourse I’m a all A student. Well my reason for wanting to be in this place I because it has that spark of creativity and emotion that I am looking for its very soulful and entertaining. I am very strong in musicals I can sing act and dance so I felt this would be a perfect time to shine!

  37. Nicole Melkie

    Hi my name is Nicele Melkie! I am a 20 year old women from Sweden that lives in New Jersey since September last year (2014). I am a outgoing and crazy girl, I love to have fun and try new things and make people happy. I always want the best for people and I want them to be happy and feel safe around me.

    I have always been a person that loves to be in the spotlights and have a dream to be an actor and singer. I have went to an music school for 6 years, have taking vocal lessons, went to a musical, dance around 8 different dances and also been in a choir. Singing and dancing have been a part of my life since I was a kid.
    When I went in school I was the person that wanted to do a musical even if the school (my high school) didn’t do musicals and theaters. But even if we didn’t do a play in my school I went to practice after school and practice a lot. The stage have been my second home so long I can remember. This would be an really good opportunity for me to take it to the next level and I hope I have the chance to follow my dream.

    Some facts about me:
    Name: Nicole Melkie
    Location: Robbinsville, New Jersey
    Height: 5,4 feet
    Weight: 140 lbs
    Eye color: Blue
    Hair color: Light Brown and Blonde (I have ombré)
    Ethnicity: White
    Age: 20 (born 4/8/1995)
    Gender: Female

    This would be a step closer to my dream and would be everything to get the chance to do an audition for this movie. Thank you for this opportunity.

    Best regards
    Nicole Melkie

  38. antonio reyes

    Im in contact me for audition.

  39. Chloe Roberts

    Hello, My name is Chloe Roberts. I am a 13 year old female who will be 14 in 2 weeks!! I absolutely loved your production of Peter Pan and the Sound of Music!!! I have a deep passion for acting and musical theater! I have been performing done shows since i was 5 and play/musicals since I was 8! I would absolutely love the opportunity to be even considered for a part!!!

  40. Sakshi Sethi

    Hi, this is Sakshi. This seems to be an exciting movie and I would be happy if I can be considered as a supporting actor or take a lead role. Please reply…
    I am in Middle school and I can act, sing and dance. Waiting for your response…

  41. Peyton Turowski

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    Age: 14
    gender: female
    Height: 5’6″
    Eye color: green
    Hair color:blonde
    Hello, my name is Peyton and I’m 14 years old. I know that I’m on the younger side, but I’ve been doing musical theater since age 9 so I have 5 years of acting experience. Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a famous actress. I used to put on plays for my family with my cousins. I am happiest when I’m performing. My very first show was actually “The Wiz”. From that journey, I developed a deep appreciation for the show and for the theater. My favorite characters that I have played are Lucy in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, Tinker Bell in “Peter Pan and Wendy”, and Lucinda in “Into the Woods”, all with my local theater company. I have also played ensemble roles in my local professional theater company in “Oliver” and “Schoolhouse Rock”. I have experience with working long hours and always being focused and on task. I’m ready for my opportunity to shine, I just need your help to get me there. thank you for your time.

  42. passion

    Hey my name is passion ray and I’m interested in anything that yall are welling to give …. I would act,dance, or I would be an extra it doesn’t matter

  43. Orana

    Hey, I’m 17
    Aspiring performer, actor, dancer of various styles, musician (piano and bass guitar) and I have had a couple of singing lessons.
    To be possibly involved would be a great experience 🙂