NBC has rounded out its creative team for The Wiz Live!, which airs December 3. Fatima Robinson has signed on as choreographer, Grammy winner Harvey Mason Jr is set as music producer, and Tony and Grammy winner Stephen Oremus will serve as music director, orchestrator and music co-producer.
Robinson choreographed the features Dreamgirls, Ali, Collateral, Miami Vice and Public Enemies. She also is one of the top performance producers for NBC’s The Voice. Her TV work has been featured on several Oscar telecasts, the Super Bowl, Grammys and The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Mason, a music producer for the features Dreamgirls and the recent Pitch Perfect 2, is a songwriter-producer and one half of hit-making production team The Underdogs. He earned Grammys for his work on albums for artists Jennifer Hudson, Chris Brown, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Toni Braxton and the Dreamgirls soundtrack. In addition, Mason produced three Oscar-nominated songs in the same year (2006). He has also produced for Elton John, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Luther Vandross, Mary J. Blige and Jordin Sparks.
Oremus has won orchestration Tonys and cast album Grammys for The Book Of Mormon and Kinky Boots. He served as music director, conductor and often orchestrator for Broadway sh0ws including Wicked, Avenue Q, All Shook Up and 9 To 5 The Musical. He most recently was music director of the 87th Academy Awards, teaming with Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, exec producers of The Wiz Live!
The Wiz Live! is adapted from L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, with a book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. Kenny Leon will direct with Harvey Fierstein providing new written material. Universal Television is producing in association with Cirque Du Soleil Theatrical.
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