I’m sure you already heard from Veronica Wells that The Wiz Live! gave most who watched it quite a bit of life. The songs, the dancing, the costumes–it exceeded the expectations of most The Wiz fans who tuned in.
Except for one. And you already know who you can count on to be that voice of dissent.
The ladies of The View briefly discussed the few people/trolls who took issue with the production having an all-Black cast, but before talking about that, they shared their opinions of the show. Raven-Symoné was the only one who wasn’t crazy about it. After Candace Cameron Bure had said that she thought the performances were “fantastic,” Symoné responded with “I’m a little different,” before going on to say that nothing could beat “the originals,” as she called Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
“I have such a high bar in standard for The Wiz, being that it was Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Stephanie Mills, that when I went into it I was like, ‘Let’s go!’ And then I just…I miss Michael. I miss Diana.”
When asked if she was saying she was disappointed with the live show, Symoné said, “I’m not going to say that word out loud,” and remarked that “I just miss the people that originated those roles.”
She continued, “It’s a hard act to follow. I loved the costumes, and I thought the singing on certain new songs and old songs were great, but on an overall, I just want to say, I miss the original people.”
But you know Twitter wasn’t having any of what Symoné was trying to serve. Those who enjoyed the show had to remind her that the live production was not based on the 1978 film, but on the Broadway play, which came to the Majestic Theater in 1975 (but started in Baltimore in 1974). So no, sis, Diana Ross, and Michael Jackson weren’t “the originals” after all.
You know Symoné just has to be the one who doesn’t like something everyone else (i.e., Black folks) rave about. But in an interesting plot twist, she did shut down those who said that the cast being full of Black people is racist.
“But can we bring up the fact that there were no Black people in the original Wizard of Oz. That’s why it was created!”
Now and then I see flickers of hope in Symoné, that she hasn’t completely gone over to the dark side. But for the most part, I think we’ve all come to the conclusion that her foray into trolldom will be a long-term thing.
What did you think of The Wiz Live!? Do you agree with Symoné or were you as impressed as we were by the live NBC production?