How ‘The Wiz Live!’ Producer Harvey Mason Jr. Made the Music Current Without Just ‘Throwing a Trap Beat’ On It

The Wiz Live!

NBC’s Dec. 19 rebroadcast follows soundtrack’s wide release, out now.

“The energy was indescribable. There was a lot of pride in bringing this to national television.” That’s Grammy Award-winning producer Harvey Mason Jr.’s take on The Wiz Live!, NBC’s latest live presentation. Set to reair on Saturday night, the critically acclaimed production — whose cast includes Shanice Williams, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, David Alan Grier, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley, Common and Stephanie Mills — drew 11.5 million viewers when it originally aired on Dec. 3.

Preceding the rebroadcast is the new release of The Wiz Live! soundtrack by Sony Music Masterworks and Broadway Records. Featuring reimagined versions of the original music as well as new song “We Got It” and Williams’ single “Home,” the 18-track CD was produced by Mason (Dreamgirls, Pitch Perfect 2) and co-produced by Stephen Oremus (The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots).

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