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NBC Updates 'The Wiz' For A Modern Audience

"The Wiz Live" airs on NBC tonight at 8/7 central. (NBC)
"The Wiz Live" airs on NBC tonight at 8/7 central. (NBC)

Tonight, NBC will air the third of its live musical specials. After “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan,” they’ve chosen Broadway hit (and cult classic movie) “The Wiz” this time around. NPR’s Eric Deggans talks about the reasons behind that choice, and the cultural impact the story has had in the last 40 years.


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