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Praise Hands, Tears & Badass Moves: A Listen-Through of The Wiz Live! Cast Album

December 11th, 2015 by

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Christmas came early this year when NBC aired The Wiz Live! on December 3, but we all had to wait one long week before the cast album dropped. Good news, it's here and it's out of this world. Below, BroadwayBox reacts in animated GIF as we give the new recording a first listen.

1. Prologue (Orchestra)

The Wiz Live- Prologue

2. The Feeling We Once Had (Stephanie Mills, Ensemble)

The Feeling We Once Had- The Wiz Live

And that’s how Stephanie Mills does it, folks.

3. Tornado (Orchestra, Ensemble)

The Wiz Live- Tornado

4. He’s the Wizard (Amber Riley, Shanice Williams, Ensemble)

The Wiz Live- He's the Wizard- Amber Riley

I would add this track to my desert island playlist. Infinite praise for Amber Riley and the growls from 1:42 and 1:49. You’re gonna want to press repeat a few times on this one.

5. Soon As I Get Home (Shanice Williams)

The Wiz Live- Soon as i get home- shanice williams

6. You Can’t Win (Elijah Kelley, Male Ensemble)

The Wiz Live- You can't win

Not gonna lie, I love “I Was Born on the Day Before Yesterday” so I'd love to hear Kelley sing that, but damn this song makes you move.

7. Ease On Down the Road (Shanice Williams, Elijah Kelley, David Alan Grier, NE-YO)

The Wiz Live- Ease on down the road

Break out your best Soul Train moves and ease on down that road.

8. Slide Some Oil to Me (NE-YO)

The Wiz Live- Slide Some Oil To Me- NE YO

My face when people talk about NE-YO as the Tinman. #Perfection #AlltheEmmys

9. Mean Ole Lion (David Alan Grier)

The Wiz Live- Mean ole lion

Sing it, David!

10. Be a Lion (Shanice Williams, David Alan Grier, Ensemble)

The Wiz Live- Be a Lion- Shanice Williams- Album

11. So You Wanted to See the Wizard (Queen Latifah)

The Wiz Live- So you Wanted to see the wizard

Funky.

12. What Would I Do If I Could Feel (NE-YO, Shanice Williams, Elijah Kelley, David Alan Grier, Ensemble)

The Wiz Live- What would i do if i could feel

Damn NE-Yo. That was beautiful.

13. We Got It (Shanice Williams, NE-YO, Elijah Kelley, David Alan Grier, Ensemble)

The Wiz Live- Ne Yo- We Got IT

The new song has a total contemporary club feel to it. I can see dancing to it with cool lights all around.

14. Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News (Mary J. Blige, Ensemble)

The Wiz Live- Dont Bring Me No Bad News

15. A Brand New Day (Shanice Williams, NE-YO, Elijah Kelley, David Alan Grier, Ensemble)

The Wiz Live- Brand New Day
The Wiz Live- Brand New Day-

Kenya Moore twirling and breaking it down might as well be a selfie.

16. Y’all Got It (Queen Latifah)

The Wiz Live- Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah definitely lived up to her nomenclature with this recording.

17. Believe in Yourself (Uzo Aduba)

The Wiz Live- Believe In Yourself- Uzo Aduba

No but seriously, come back to Broadway.

18. Home (Shanice Williams)

The Wiz Live- Home- Shanice Williams

Download this entire album today. There’s not a skip song on it, and pray that Shanice comes to Broadway to sing this “Home” live every night.