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7 Showstopping Moments From The Wiz Live! That Made Us Stand Up and Cheer

From newcomer Shanice Williams becoming a star to Mary J. Blige bringing down the house, here are the highlights from NBC's latest musical.

The stars of NBC's The Wiz Live!
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NBC aired its live broadcast of The Wiz on Thursday night and it was filled with a whole lot of highlights. Here are seven of our favorite moments which, honestly, made us stand up and cheer in our living rooms.

1. When 19-year-old newcomer Shanice Williams officially became a star with her stirring rendition of "Home".

2. When music icon Mary J. Blige brought on the camp with her tremendously satisfying "No Bad News."

3. When Broadway vet and Orange Is the New Black Emmy winner Uzo Aduba floated onstage in this dress.

4. When Glee star Amber Riley hit the high notes in "He's the Wiz" and held them for a thrillingly absurd amount of time.

5. When we saw the full scope of Tony nominee Paul Tazewell's highly detailed costumes and Tony winner Derek McLane's massive set.

Ne-Yo as The Tin Man, Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow, and David Alan Grier as The Lion in NBC's The Wiz Live!
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6. When Hairspray favorite Elijah Kelley danced like this.

7. When the frightening tornado carried Dorothy to Oz.

Shanice Williams (Dorothy) floats her way to Oz.
(© Virginia Sherwood/NBC)