Newswire: NBC’s next live musical will be The Wiz with Cirque du Soleil

NBC’s tradition of airing live musical productions every December has quickly become one of the month’s most important annual events (even more than the birth of a certain famous baby, depending on who you ask), and now the Twitter snark/ratings machine has chosen its next target: The Wiz. This won’t be a staid and drowsy affair where everyone mostly stays on the ground like the other musicals, though, because NBC has enlisted the help of Cirque du Soleil—the world’s foremost experts in hanging upside-down and flying—in order to help it properly capture the show’s ‘70s-tinged take on The Wizard Of Oz.

Harvey Fierstein is reportedly contributing some kind of new material to The Wiz, and after it premieres on NBC, he and Tony-winning director Kenny Leon will stage an actual Broadway revival of the show. Shockingly, that means NBC—the network that …

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