The Wiz Live on NBC will be on and poppin as they revealed today they have blended the legendary talents of Queen Latifah, David Allen Grier and Mary J Blige with Newcomer and Musical Sensation Shanice Williams.
Williams, who takes center stage as Dorothy in her first role ever, beat hundreds of open call candidates for the once in a life time opportunity.
NBC reveals newcomer playing Dorothy in #TheWiz: https://t.co/lenfV0t2AI pic.twitter.com/OVEuIasTVw
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) August 5, 2015
The Queen will render her talents as the almighty Wiz, while Mary J Blige will play the infamous Wicked Witch of the West.
ICYMI: NBC has cast 2 icons in its live adaptation of #TheWiz: https://t.co/qEFaPXFnXv pic.twitter.com/51JEGbOhHZ — Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 29, 2015
Funny man Greer will be searching for a heart as the cowardly lion.
Great casting RT @JarettSays: NBC’s #TheWiz taps David Alan Grier as The Cowardly Lion — https://t.co/vj6aomH9pv pic.twitter.com/UK2PddLEdN
— Chaos and Disorder (@onlychyld) August 4, 2015
Ironically, Stephanie Mills, who played Dorothy in the original Broadway cast, will enjoy the role of Auntie Em in the live musical.
Celebrating 40yrs of the B’way Musical #TheWiz some of the best memories of my life. #StephanieMills as Dorothy pic.twitter.com/6bt0UBrGJS — Stephanie Mills (@PrettyMill1) July 9, 2015
The rumor mill is abuzzing as to whether Queen Bey will join an already beautifully rounded cast. Stay tuned.
Don’t panic but @Beyonce might have a role in the upcoming remake of #TheWiz! ????? https://t.co/HgtcvZdXUQ pic.twitter.com/YVj9X1T5AL
— World of Wonder (@WorldOfWonder) July 30, 2015
BMWK, hit us up with your best Ease on Down the Road impression!
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