Eleven and one -half million viewers have watched NBC's "The Wiz" starring Shanice Williams as Dorothy Gale and Stephanie Mills as Auntie Em and who also played Dorothy in the original Broadway play, "The Wiz." This television production has parts originated from the movie "The Wizard of OZ," and  "The Wiz," from Broadway and the 1978 television musical.

It started with Dorothy who refused to stay and live with her Auntie Em in Kansas but instead wants to go back and live in Omaha.

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However things take a different turn when Dorothy is caught in a tornado and becomes unconscious but later wakes up in a place called " Munchkin Land."

Dorothy fulfills her wish while following the yellow brick road

Dorothy realized she wasn't in Kansas and was approached by munchkins out of nowhere who worship her because her house landed on the Wicked Witch of the East, killing her. Suddenly, the Good Witch of the South, played by Uzo Aduba, stops by to help Dorothy to get home who then suggests that Dorothy should see "The Wiz," played by Queen Latifah. The good witch removed the silver shoes from the wicked witch and put them on Dorothy's feet and told her never to take them off and follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City.

While Dorothy is following the yellow brick road she ran into a group of three symbolic friends: She meets a "Scarecrow" played by Elijah Kelley who wants a brain, next "Tin Man" played by Ne-Yo who feels he needs a heart and last, the "Cowardly Lion" played by David Alan Grier who wants courage.

Are Dorothy's friends in fantasy-land maybe a metaphor for her to consider to love and to trust?

Auntie Em, Dorothy and TOTO share the love
Auntie Em, Dorothy and TOTO share the love

Dorothy made a decision in finding her way back home

When Dorothy and her friends arrive in the Emerald City, they are at first refused entrance by a "Bouncer" played by Common until Dorothy mentions that her house had dropped on the Wicked Witch of the East. While they visit with "The Wiz," she suggests that Dorothy and her friends kill the "Wicked Witch of the West," played by Mary J. Blige, in order for their wishes to be granted. The trio of friends and Dorothy liquidated the Wicked Witch of the West and return to see "The Wiz" -- who turns out to be a fraud from Omaha.

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The Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion say they didn't need what they already have and the "Good Witch of the North," played by Amber Riley, convinces Dorothy that she has the power to go home.

Dorothy sang her way to "When I Think of Home" to her loving Auntie and dog Toto.

   

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