Exploring the art of storytelling.
“The Wiz Live!” stunned with amazing performances from all cast members. Each actor excelled in acting and singing. In past years, it seemed like NBC would sacrifice one skill for another, but not anymore. “The Wiz Live!” was an amazing success!
The best part of “The Wiz Live!” were the costumes and the set. I was blown away by the beautiful artistry. The stage was filled with color, glitter, and geometric shapes. Each of the character’s costumes were so elaborate. The costume designers went into great detail to make each costume unique and memorable. My favorite costume was Glinda’s. As soon as she appeared on that stage, she glowed. It took my breath away. The special effects in “The Wiz Live!” were impressive as well. The tornado actually frightened me.
The Tin-Man was my favorite character. In my opinion, he stole the show. In every scene, he immediately held my attention. Ne-Yo (Tin-Man) brought a very endearing quality to the character.
Where do I begin with Shanice Williams (Dorothy)? This nineteen-year-old girl was discovered in an open casting call and now has stolen the hearts of america. She is incredibly talented- an amazing actress with a voice beyond her years. I can’t wait to see her in other shows because we are sure to see much more of her.
As much as I enjoyed “The Wiz Live!,” I felt like there was something missing. There was a lack of energy, a lack of connection. I think it was just the fact that this musical, which is meant to be performed on a stage in front of a live audience, was performed on TV. Sitting in a theater, each audience member is able to view the whole stage at once. In a theater, it’s the lighting that directs the audience to focus on certain characters or actions. When something is filmed for TV, the cameras control the majority of the audience’s focus. Several different cameras were used during the filming of “The Wiz Live!” Throughout the performance, the director shuffled between these cameras. In several scenes, we were shown close ups of certain characters. During those moments, we couldn’t see the rest of the cast or stage. While it allowed us to get physically closer to the characters, it decreased the grandness of the performance. There is just something special about being in an actual theater. (Though, I can’t complain about being able to view a free live show from the comforts of my living room). As different as an experience this is for the audience, it’s a huge difference for the actors. Stage actors feed off of the energy from the audience. It was eerie that there was no applause when the actors finished a musical number. In fact, it is very difficult to act in that type of setting. The audience has an important role in stage productions. Next year, NBC should really consider having a live audience on set. Maybe that will make the show even more spectacular!