Review: 'The Wiz Live!' has real heart and playfulness

By AP Drama Writer MARK KENNEDY ,

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This Nov. 30, 2015, image released by NBC shows Queen Latifah as The Wiz during a dress rehearsal of

This Nov. 30, 2015, image released by NBC shows Queen Latifah as The Wiz during a dress rehearsal of "The Wiz Live!' in New York. (Virginia Sherwood/NBC via AP) (Photo: Virginia Sherwood)

NEW YORK (AP) — The third time's the charm for NBC.

An exuberant, inventive "The Wiz Live!" on Thursday night breathed new life into the notion of full-scale musicals on live TV with a happy serving of 70s soul and R&B, updated with a 2015

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