The Wiz Live!: 'Where's Toto?' and Twitter's Wildest Reactions
The missing pooch led to an uproar on social media
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.
Ahead of the show, the cast – which included Ne-Yo as the Tin Man, Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow and David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion – got well-wishes from NBC’s previous live musical stars. Carrie Underwood, who kicked off the live musical trend two years ago with The Sound of Music, and Allison Williams, who soared last year as Peter Pan, gave the cast their best.
Read on for more highlights of what Twitter had to say about the musical, which also starred Mary J. Blige as Evilene (aka the Wicked Witch of the West), Queen Latifah as The Wiz, Common as Bouncer the Emerald City gatekeeper, Uzo Aduba as Glinda, Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em and Amber Riley as Addaperle.
After the show, Williams got a standing ovation from her crew. Watch (but have the tissues handy).
What’d you think of the production? Did Toto deserve more screen time? Sound off in the comments!