Who knew you could find a little lohud in Oz? While watching NBC’s star-studded presentation of “The Wiz Live” on Thursday, here are 5 ways we were reminded that “there’s no place like home.”
1. Hail Mary!
No bad news here! Yonkers-raised singer Mary J. Blige delivered a wickedly good performance as Evillene, Wicked Witch of the West.
2. “Still got it!”
Stephanie Mills, a former resident of Mount Vernon, eased into the role of Auntie Em 40 years after she originated the role of Dorothy on Broadway. One thing that didn’t change after all these years: Mills’ powerhouse voice. “Stephanie Mills got this thing started. She’s still got it!!!” director/actor Tyler Perry tweeted. (Watch the first five minutes of the musical below to see if you agree.)
3. Behind the scenes
Scarborough’s Mary Murphy, who directed a behind-the-scenes look at the production for NBC, was thrilled to finally see the show go live. “My whole town is ready to watch #TheWiz tonight,” she tweeted.
4. Gold is the new black
Uzo Adoba , who films the Netflix prison drama “Orange New Black” at the former Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg, traded her prison uniform for a gorgeous gold dress while playing Glinda the Good Witch. (Who knew “Crazy Eyes” could sing?)
5. Broadway blessing
Broadway star Audra McDonald, who lives in Croton-on-Hudson, tweeted her support for the show throughout the live broadcast. She also a special message for newcomer Shanice Williams, who received rave reviews for her performance as Dorothy. “[Shanice] your world is about to ‘change its face’ but I know where you’re going…as far and as high as you want,” McDonald said. Williams, 19, proudly retweeted the compliment. “This right here means everything to me! Thank you Audra,” she wrote.