Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Wiz Live 2015: Stephanie Mills Returns In Remake Of Original With African American Cast

The Wiz Live is a highly-anticipated live musical event, starring an all African American cast that is scheduled to premiere on Thursday, December 3 on NBC. Just off the heels of The Sound Of Music Live and Peter Pan Live, The Wiz Live 2015 is sure to capture the hearts of its audience for many years to come. Expect to see an amazing all-star cast, including Shanice Williams as Dorothy, Mary J. Blige as Evillene-the Wicked Witch of the West, David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion, and the legendary Stephanie Mills as Auntie Em, according to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB). Filming for the 3-hour live production took place at Grumman Studios, which is located in Bethpage, Long Island, New York, The Wiz Live 2015.

Our cast wants to talk to YOU! Stay tuned to our Facebook page today for a live Q&A!
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It was reported back in August by eOnline that director Kenny Leon would be bringing the production to fruition this year. 2015's The Wiz Live is a remake of the 1978 musical film The Wiz, starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. And both productions are a remake of the original Wizard of Oz, which starred Judy Garland.

When it came to choosing the perfect 'Dorothy' for The Wiz Live, producers knew they needed to get someone who could sing and dance, but also someone who had a special light in their eyes. And director, Kenny Leon, saw that in newcomer Shanice Williams, according to the New York Post

"We saw over 600 young women with a broad range of experience, but I was drawn to a specific light in Shanice's eye."
Preview clips of The Wiz Live indicate that audiences are in for a real treat. Williams ' angelic voice is enough to leave you frozen in your tracks. Stephanie Powers and Shanice Williams had a wonderful chemistry during auditions, where they both came with a deep passion and commitment for making this story come alive. And audiences are looking forward to seeing Stephanie Mills again, whose voice--even at her current age--- is still powerful and majestic.

"I feel like I'm making history again. In 1975, I was 17 years old and doing the role and now I'm being asked to play Aunt Em. It's 40 years and it's the anniversary and what a better way to celebrate it. This is such a fabulous way to celebrate what we did 40 years ago."

In 1978, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson were featured in 'The Wiz' with their duet of the song "Ease On Down The Road."...
Posted by Supremes on Thursday, November 19, 2015

Expect Something Spectacular
The excitement for The Wiz Live has been building since rumors first began swirling that it was in the works. Most of all the actors have said that they were especially excited to be a part of the show. Not only did they want to be a part of it, they needed to be a part of it. They've taken a classic and modernized it, and refreshed it in a positive way---adding in some of today's language and African American dances. Still, it is a show that everyone will be able to relate to--both young and old. Stephanie Mills shares these positive words about rehearsal, according to Black Film.

"It's so full of love with Ne-Yo and Elijah (Kelley) and Shanice (Williams). It's all love on set. It really is.() It's emotional because there's so much that went on when I was rehearsing and the trials and tribulations that The Wiz had to endure to get to Broadway back in 1975. It's amazing that it's here now. Ken Harper, who produced the original production, would be smiling now, along with Geoffrey Holder and Charlie Smalls. All three are no longer alive but I know that they are smiling."

The Wiz Live fans can expect to be left mesmerized by the all star cast with the best live performances on prime-time television to date. Not only are the heart stopping performances stellar, but the costumes are elaborate and fabulous, and the set is bursting forth with breathtaking colors and mind-blowing special effects.

The Wiz Live is a heartwarming stage production that the whole family should sit down and watch together. Get ready to click your heels together and ease on down the yellow brick road with the amazing cast of The Wiz Live, beginning at 8/7 central. Check out some of our other stories before you go.

[Image from The Wiz Live/Facebook]

Saturday, September 19, 2015

'Ungodly Acts' (True Story)

'Ungodly Acts' will be on the Lifetime channel tonight. The movie is based on the case of Bethany Deaton. You probably have seen her story on 48 hours. I covered the story for the Inquisitr. Be sure and check out the true story and the movie tonight.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Disappearance Of Vonnie

The Disappearance of Vonnie was a true-story movie based on the murder of Vonnie Rickman, also known as Yvonne Rickman. The movie originally aired on the CBS channel in 1994, back when they were still making movies based on true stories. Since that time, it has aired on Lifetime Television. It stars Ann Jillian, as the tenacious sister. In real life, Vonnie's sister never gave up hope that her sister would be found.

CBS dramatized the true events in "The Disappearance of Vonnie" in 1994. (Photo Credit: YouTube)

Synopsis: When a wife and mother disappears after shopping with her husband, her sister sets out to find the truth.

Ron Rickman served time in prison until his death in 2004. Vonnie Rickman's daughter said that when her mother left, she was just a little girl, and she always believed that her mother was just hiding from her.


Article : about the real reporter in the case

Ron Rickman-Green Bay murderer: All Photos on this page are property of Traciy Curry-Reyes.

This case happened so long ago. Vonnie Rickman's daughter is all grown up with a child of her own. She sent me these pictures for the site.

Photo of Vonnie Rickman, aka Yvonne Rickman.

A person related to the family stated that the movie was nothing compared to what they went through in real life. Here is her comment to me.

 "I agree that Rickman should never have seen the light of day after those murders. I was 15 months old when my dad was taken from me and never got a chance to know him or my grandfather. There is so much more to this story than the murder of Vonnie. Our family got to know her family during the trial of her murder. I hold absolutely no ill will toward any other Rickman family member. My family have only good wishes for his daughter and her family. BTW-there were a LOT of 'liberties' taken with the facts in "The Disappearance of Vonnie."