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NBC's Next Live Production Will Be The Wiz... with Cirque du Soleil?!

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Kaitlin Thomas

NBC knows you've been waiting to find out which beloved musical they're probably going to ruin forever during their next live musical production. Well, you can stop waiting, because NBC is tackling the Broadway favorite The Wiz on Dec. 3, the network announced Monday.

The Wiz, which features an all black cast, is a musical adapted from L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The original Broadway production opened in 1975 and took home seven Tonys, including Best Musical.

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This year NBC will partner with Cirque du Soleil to bring the story to life. Cirque's new stage theatrical division will co-produce the event and then present it as a major Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season. Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon will stage both productions with Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein, who is contributing new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown. Once again, Craig Zaden and Neil Meron will executive-produce the show.

"We love this yearly tradition and we're more excited than ever to not only bring another Broadway musical to America's living rooms, but also see it land on Broadway as well," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. "Cirque's incredible imagination will help bring the fantasy world of Oz vividly to life and give this great show a modern spin on the age-old story we all love."

Are you excited for The Wiz?

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