Last night’s big live production of The Wiz on NBC was pretty much flawless—we loved all the performances, including all the classic numbers. Here’s my fav bit—when they go into the Emerald City and everybody is doing a version of Madonna’s “Vogue.”*
After Peter Pan Live! and The Sound of Music Live, NBC is moving onward and upward, picking up the rights to The Wiz. This is a much more complicated musical than Peter Pan, so NBC, if you're going to do it, do it right. Cast Janelle Monáe.
Afrofuturism, the movement that puts people of African descent at the center of futuristic and science-fictional ideals, has gotten a new avatar in the form of singer Janelle Monae. But there's also a new book coming out, two new art shows, an Octavia Butler graphic novel, and much, much more.