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The Wiz Live!: 'Where's Toto?' and Twitter's Wildest Reactions

Originally posted 12/03/2015 11:00PM

The Wiz Live! took fans back to Oz and took over Twitter Thursday night.

NBC's live musical featured newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy, and despite rave reviews for performance, there was one key component missing from most of the production: Toto! The canine favorite, played by a pair of adorable rescue dogs, appeared in the opening segment (as well as the end), but did not follow Dorothy to Oz – causing plenty of Twitter users to express their concern for the pooch. It's worth noting that in the original Broadway version of The Wiz, Toto did not make the journey to Oz either.

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FIRST LOOK: See the Entire The Wiz Live! Cast Together in Costume

Originally posted 11/23/2015 09:00AM

Everybody, rejoice – it's almost time to ease on down the road back to Oz!

Over the past few weeks, we've seen peeks at the stars of NBC's The Wiz Live! on their own, but now PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at everyone together, including Toto.

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The Wiz Live!: See the First Photos of Mary J. Blige as the Wicked Witch of the West

Originally posted 11/20/2015 04:25PM

Something wicked this way comes – and it's Mary J. Blige!

The singer is currently in rehearsals for NBC's upcoming musical event The Wiz Live! and the first photos of her in costume as Evilene (a.k.a. the Wicked Witch of the West) were released on Friday.

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Taylor Swift's L.A. Concert Surprises Continue With Mary J. Blige, Uzo Aduba, Matt LeBlanc and Chris Rock

Taylor Swift's L.A. Concert Surprises Continue With Mary J. Blige, Uzo Aduba, Matt LeBlanc and Chris Rock

Originally posted 08/23/2015 12:15PM

Just when it seemed like Taylor Swift couldn't possibly find another awesome celebrity guest to grace the 1989 world tour stage, she brought out two Emmy winners, a Grammy recipient and a Golden Globe victor – all in one night!

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Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba and Glee's Amber Riley Join The Wiz Live!

Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba and Glee's Amber Riley Join The Wiz Live!

Originally posted 08/06/2015 06:05PM

The Wiz Live! just keeps movin' on down the road toward its Dec. 3 air date ...

NBC announced on Thursday that Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba will play the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the NBC musical event while Glee's Amber Riley joins the cast as Glinda's sister, Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North.

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Meet The Wiz Live!'s Dorothy: Shanice Williams

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Meet The Wiz Live!'s Dorothy: Shanice Williams

Originally posted 08/05/2015 01:35PM

The Wiz Live! has found its leading lady!

Shanice Williams will play Dorothy in NBC's musical TV event airing in December.

"This has been my dream forever, but I never thought it would be a reality," the New Jersey native tells PEOPLE after beating out hundreds of hopefuls for the big part.

"I still can't believe it. Of course I've been a big fan. I had the movie and my dad had the soundtrack and we would listen to it in the car," she says, adding, "I also saw the original with Stephanie Mills."

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Taraji P. Henson's Lip Sync Battle Secret Weapon? Mary J. Blige!

Originally posted 08/04/2015 03:30PM

[YOUTUBE "FkiXiYrECZ4"] Don't mess with Cookie, y'all!

Taraji P. Henson takes her Lip Sync Battles very seriously – so seriously, in fact, that for her performance of Mary J. Blige's "Just Fine," the Empire star brought out Blige herself for a little back-up.

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Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige Set to Star in the The Wiz Live!

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Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige Set to Star in the The Wiz Live!

Originally posted 07/28/2015 06:40PM

Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are off to see the wizard!

NBC announced Thursday that the stars have officially been cast in The Wiz Live!, the much-anticipated adaptation of the 1975 Broadway hit, PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly can exclusively reveal.

In a bit of gender-blind casting, Latifah has been cast as the titular wizard (a role that Richard Pryor tackled in the 1978 film version). Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West.

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