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Carrie Underwood

NBC's 'The Wiz Live!' to ease on down that tuneful road

Soon, a determined girl named Dorothy will ease on down that road in NBC's "The Wiz Live!"

Hers is an odyssey that began in 1900 with the publication of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," then continued with the classic 1939 movie musical starring Judy Garland, followed by the 1975 Broadway production of "The Wiz" (which, billed as "the Super Soul Musical," won seven Tonys, including best musical) and, in 1978, by the film starring Diana Ross.

To transform "The Wiz" yet again, this time into a live TV extravaganza, is anything but easy.

For weeks the star-studded cast (including Elijah Kelley, Ne-Yo, David...