Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael
THE WIZ LIVE!’s Dorothy, Shanice Williams, took to Twitter to reveal that The Scarecrow’s number “You Can’t Win”, which appeared in the 1978 film adaptation but was cut from the original 1975 Broadway production of THE WIZ, will be performed by Elijah Kelley in the upcoming NBC live broadcast.
“You Can’t Win” was originally written and performed for the Broadway musical version of THE WIZ, sung by the chorus of Winkies, the Wicked Witch’s slaves. The number was cut from the musical before the official Broadway opening and wasn’t performed again until the movie version, 3 years later. The producers resurrected the song as a solo for Michael Jackson to replace “I Was Born on the Day Before Yesterday”, which had been Scarecrow’s solo in the Broadway musical.
As was recently reported, singer Elijah Kelley will take on the role of The Scarecrow in the NBC production.
NBC’s upcoming holiday production of THE WIZ LIVE! will air Thursday, Dec. 3. The production will star newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy alongside Grammy and Golden Globe-winner Queen Latifah as the Wizard, nine-time Grammy-winner Mary J. Blige as Evillene, original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills, as Auntie Em and David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion.
Watch Michael Jackson’s performance of ‘You Can’t Win’ from THE WIZ below:
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