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8 Truly Magical Moments From 'The Wiz Live!'

They took us over the rainbow and back again!

"The Wiz Live!" aired on NBC on Thursday night, and the performances were truly magical. The musical showcased the diversity of black excellence as Dorothy and her squad eased on down that yellow brick road. 

From the shade-filled-one-liners to the fierce costumes and choreography, we have rounded up the musical event's most entertaining moments. 

  • 1 When The Citizens Of Emerald City Vogued
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    Voguing is a style of dance by queer men of color that originated in New York City beginning in the 1970s. The inclusion of voguing in the musical showed off an important part of black culture that queer people of color helped to shape. And it was Ovah!
  • 2 When The Poppies Brought The House Down
    The Poppies seductive dance had us all in a trance. Their choreography, costumes and swagger had us over the rainbow.
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    The Poppies seductive dance had us all in a trance. Their choreography, costumes and swagger had us over the rainbow.
  • 3 When The Munchkins Got Crunk
    The performances last night included a lot of modern references, and when the citizens of Munchkin Land started twe
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    The performances last night included a lot of modern references, and when the citizens of Munchkin Land started twerking -- we got our lives!
  • 4 When Wiz Made Us "Wannabe" A Spice Girl
    Queen Latifah was amazing as the Wiz, and she made all our wishes come true when she dropped this Spice Girls reference!
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    Queen Latifah was amazing as the Wiz, and she made all our wishes come true when she dropped this Spice Girls reference!
  • 5 This Brilliant Moment Of Intersectional Feminism
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    When the Wiz is revealed to be both a fake and a woman, Dorothy quickly comes to her defense in a moment of solidarity -- and it's absolutely fierce.
  • 6 When The Wicked Witch Name Dropped Eddie Murphy
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    The Wicked Witch doesn't take any funny business and when she called one of her minions Eddie Murphy, we just about fell out in utter shock.
  • 7 The Tin Man Dabbin Down The Yellow Brick Road
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    The new school dances were all point, but when Ne-Yo (Tin Man) started dabbin' it took the whole performance to another level.
  • 8 Uzo Aduba's Iconic Drop In
    Aduba's costume and entrance as Glinda the Good Witch was the definition of black excellence!

 

Yes! They did that!

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