NBC aired its updated Live production of the 1975 stage play “The Wiz” Thursday night.
The all-star cast phenomenally pulled off the show without a glitch.
I loved the vibrant costumes, creative props, modernized dance numbers, updated language and beautiful voices singing all the classic songs.
The play itself is a rendition of the L. Frank Baum‘s 1935 tale “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” which was made into a 1935 movie starring Judy Garland.
But what really stood out was all that natural hair on the cast and dancers!
Dorothy, played by newcomer Shanice Williams, wore her hair in a twist out.
The Cowardly Lion, played by David Alan Grier, sported some awesome grey locs.
There was a meme circulating comparing the 1935 lion to past lions and this year’s in terms of a natural hair journey! Hilarious.
Auntie Em, played by Stephanie Mills, who was also the original Dorothy in the 1970s play had a her natural in two French rolls.
In the promo photos, the Emmy Award winner wore what looks like crochet braids or mini individuals braided with Marley hair, curled and loosened.
A shape shifter who tried to steal Dorothy’s shoes while disguised as her mom had a wicked afro!
The Emerald City dwellers, the free factory workers, and the munchkins sported flat tops, colored Afros, skinny locs with shaved sides, cornrows and twist outs too.