NBC has officially made its live musical event an annual tradition — and there's an interesting twist this year. After staying on solid ground for 2013's Sound of Music Live and flying gracefully for 2014's Peter Pan Live, this year's holiday event will be a version of The Wiz produced by acrobatic connoisseurs Cirque du Soleil. Which is to say, we're expecting the Tin Man to double backflip through a very high ring while trying to flee the funky monkeys.
As with the previous events, The Wiz will be executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who reportedly want to bring The Wiz back to Broadway in the 2016-2017 season. The 1975 stage production for The Wiz won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The 1978 film adaptation, conversely, was a commercial and critical flop when it was first released but is now considered a cult classic. Notably, it starred Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow. No casting has been announced yet for NBC's musical, but hey, there's always the "hologram." NBC will broadcast The Wiz live on December 3rd, 2015.