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The magicalness (my new word) of The Wiz was everything! To sit in front of the television and watch
a two hour production that kept my five year old child fully engaged was
phenomenal and a true miracle in itself! It took me back to my childhood when
my family would sit around the t.v. with snacks to watch a network television
special. I remember when the Jackson 5:
The American Dream debuted on ABC in 1992 and how excited I was to be
watching it with my family and how glued to the screen I was.
What a joy it was
for me to share a similar experience with my own child. My son was absolutely
delighted with the onscreen production. At every scene and musical number his
eyes lit up. He kept asking me questions and wanted to wear some of the
costumes. He even requested I buy him the green jacket from one the Emerald City scenes for Christmas so he
could rock it with his green “chucks”. Therefore, it is written that the 2015
production of The Wiz was indeed a
Emerald City Bouncer! Common
The Hair & Make Up:
One thing I know for sure is that black people know how to
show up and show out and that’s exactly what they did with the hair and make-up
for the cast of The Wiz. When I tell
you the hair was laid and was giving me all types of Black Royalty and Regal
feels. To see locs, crochet braids, afros, colored hair, asymmetrical cuts,
fades, flat irons, etc… made me feel so proud to black and a woman! It was
reminiscent of the 70s when we were screaming it loud that we were black and
proud and unafraid to accept our own brand of beauty. Oh and then the make-up
was beat to Zeus, Athena, Venus and all the gods! I was yelling things at the
tv like: Yaaaaaasss! You betta be fine! Face is beat hunty! Eyebrows on fleek!
I mean The Fashion Fair Cosmetics Company of yesterday’s past and the MAC team
of today are just twirling their brushes in excitement.
The Dancing Poppies
The dancing was so relevant and on point. To see Queen Mary
herself Hit da Quan when we all know
The Queen struggles in the dance department was just fantastic! The
choreography was created with a great sense of bridging the generations. There
was voguing and dabbing and nay nay-ing and just everything in between. The
Crows were getting it, the Poppies were serving it, the flying monkeys were
killing it and I loved every moment of it! My son and his friend even tried to
do some of the moves in the middle of the living room.
The Cast of The Wiz Live
Every person cast in the Wiz from the leads to the extras
were awesome! Every person that took to that stage shined bright like a
diamond. The irony of that is diamonds come from Africa and this diamond
studded cast was glistening. Dorothy played
by newcomer Shanice Williams was giving me all kinds of African-American Pride.
A cute little brown girl from Jersey who can saaaaaannnnng! Her voice. Her
facial expressions. Her eyes. Her movement. Her countenance. Her overall
essence brought so much to the character of Dorothy
and it resonated through the television screen. The Scarecrow’s innocence was so sweet and his voice was angelic. The Tinman played by singer Ne-yo was great.
He truly was the heart of the main characters. But the Emmy worthy performance
of David Allen-Grier is what really brought everything together. David played
the Cowardly Lion, but there was
nothing cowardly about his performance. His performance was spot on! He hit
every beat. He hit every note. He hit every cue. His comedic timing was
perfection and he made me want ease on down the road with him arm in arm.