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)
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)
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)
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 ***
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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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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