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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/3/15

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Kyle’s Choice

thewizlivesmallTonight, NBC continues its live musical tradition with a one-night-only performance of The Wiz Live! The Wiz first won over Broadway audiences 40 years ago, when it took home 7 Tony Awards, and even spawned a feature film starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. The musical tells the story of the Wizard of Oz, but set to a funky soundtrack, as our familiar characters make their journey down the yellow brick road.

Tonight’s adaptation takes on a more modern feel with the costuming and sets, incorporates Cirque du Soleil acrobatics, and even includes a brand new original song. The production features the first female Wizard, played by Queen Latifah, and the star-studded cast also includes Mary J. Blige as Evillene, David Alan Grier (In Living Color) as Cowardly Lion, Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) as Glinda, Amber Riley (Glee) as Addaperle, Elijah Kelley (Hairspray) as Scarecrow, Common as Bouncer, Ne-Yo as Tin Man, Stephanie Mills (who played the original Dorothy on Broadway in 1975) as Auntie Em, and newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy.

While this probably wouldn’t have been my first pick of musical (I would have loved to see them do Wicked instead), I like that NBC is continuing to do these huge live musical events, and it’s always fun to watch these along with the real-time Twitter commentary. I look forward to easin’ on down the road with NBC tonight!

Follow the yellow brick road tonight on NBC at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Nathan for You.

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