I blink, and it's that time of year again: NBC's live theater broadcast is tonight! This year they're doing a show with which I'm completely unfamiliar: The Wiz.
I have a love/hate relationship with NBC's December theatricals. On the one hand, I love it that live theater is an event on TV, and that the one-time nature of the event means that people need to watch it at the moment. On the other hand, there was some butchering going on the past two years with The Sound of Music and Peter Pan, due almost entirely to celebrity casting. This year's cast looks more promising, and from the previews, the new girl playing Dorothy can sing better than Alison Williams (Peter Pan) and act better than Carrie Underwood (The Sound of Music), so maybe NBC is trying harder to make their yearly play a better overall production.
And if nothing else, Cirque du Soleil is doing the stuntwork, and that's bound to be spectacular.
Once again, we had to buy a TV antenna so we can actually see the thing -- a ridiculous purchase for people who watch broadcast TV literally once a year. Still, it's cheaper than a theater ticket, what?
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