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Amber Riley

How to make a tin man? Ask the wizards of 'The Wiz Live!'

Peek behind the curtain at "The Wiz Live!" and you'll find there is indeed a wizard — or three.

They are costumer Paul Tazewell and makeup artists Dave and Lou Elsey, who are turning actors into munchkins and flying monkeys, and, of course, a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man.

The three-hour NBC event Thursday (8 p.m. EST) has forced the trio to come up with looks that are intriguing but engineered to withstand sweat, dancing and quick changes. And no stopping.

"With most television shows, you have the opportunity to cut and to go back and re-film and perfect as you go along," said Tazewell, a Tony Award nominee. "With this, there's no...