NBC reveals 'The Wiz' as next live TV musical special

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NEW YORK - 1978: The cast of 'The Wiz' (L-R Ted Ross, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Nipsey Russell) pose for a publicity shot in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
Diana Ross, center, as Dorothy, Michael Jackson, right, as Scarecrow, and Nipsey Russell as Tinman perform during filming of the musical "The Wiz" in New York's World Trade Center, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 1977. Ted Ross, portraying the Lion, is partly hidden behind Russell. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK - 1978: The cast of 'The Wiz' (L-R Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Diana Ross and Ted Ross) pose for a publicity shot in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1978: Lena Horne in a scene from the movie 'The Wiz' in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
Director Sidney Lumet, left, is dwarfed by Ted Ross, who plays the Lion, in the film version of "The Wiz," now being filmed in New York City on Oct. 4, 1977. The film is the first musical to be made in New York since West Wide Story, twenty years ago. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK - 1978: The cast of 'The Wiz' (L-R Ted Ross, Diana Ross, Nipsey Russell, Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor) pose for a publicity shot in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
Stars of the "The Wiz," a film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same title, pose at a news conference in New York City, Sept. 28, 1977. From left are, Nipsey Russell, who will play the part of the Tinman; Michael Jackson, who will play the Scarecrow; Diana Ross, who will portray Dorothy, and Ted Ross, who will portray the Cowardly Lion. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
Entertainer Diana Ross holds a sign identifying herself during a news conference for "The Wiz," the film version musical based on "The Wizard of Oz," in New York City on Sept. 28, 1977. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
Comedian Nipsey Russell is shown at a news conference in New York on Sept. 28, 1977. Russell is publicizing the Broadway musical "The Wiz," an African-American adaptation of the "Wizard of Oz" story. Russell will play the Tin Woodsman. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
Following the yellow brick road entertainer Diana Ross walks the yellow brick road on a sound stage in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1977. She?ll play Dorothy in an upcoming film version of the musical ?The Wiz,? based on ?The Wizard of Oz.? (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
NEW YORK - 1978: A scene from 'The Wiz' directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios in 1978 in New York, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
FILE - In this Oct. 4, 1977 file photo, Diana Ross, center, as Dorothy, Michael Jackson, right, as Scarecrow, and Nipsey Russell as Tinman perform during filming of the musical "The Wiz" in New York. Ted Ross, portraying the Lion, is partly hidden behind Russell. (AP Photo, file)
NEW YORK - 1978: A scene from 'The Wiz' directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios in 1978 in New York, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
Michael Jackson during Press Conference for 'The Wiz,' 1977 in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK - 1978: Richard Pryor in a scene from the movie 'The Wiz' in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1978: Diana Ross in a scene from the movie 'The Wiz' in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1978: Diana Ross in a scene from the movie 'The Wiz' in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1978: Lena Horne in a scene from the movie 'The Wiz' in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
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By VARIETY

NBC will ease on down the road for its next live musical television event. "The Wiz" will take center stage on Thursday, Dec. 3, the net announced Monday.

Following the success of its past TV musicals, "The Wiz" marks NBC's third production, after "The Sound of Music Live!" starring Carrie Underwood and "Peter Pan Live!" in which Allison Williams played the title character.

"The Wiz" will be co-produced by Cirque du Soleil's new stage theatrical division. After the television event, the musical will make its Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season, presented by Cirque du Soleil.

Casting for both projects is yet to be announced.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who exec produced NBC's "Sound of Music" and "Peter Pan," return as exec producers. Kenny Leon will stage both NBC's production and the Broadway revival, along with Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.

"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," said NBC Entertainment chairman, Robert Greenblatt. "It's a natural next step for our live musical events and we're so pleased to be in business with this award-winning creative team and Scott Zeiger, President and Managing Director of Cirque du Soleil's new theatrical division. 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."

Universal Television will produce.

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