Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige Join NBC’s ‘The Wiz’

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Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are the latest singers ready to make mischief in Oz for NBC’s upcoming live production of “The Wiz.”

Executive producer Craig Zadan shared the news via Twitter.

Latifah will play the mysterious and powerful wizard who holds the keys to the Emerald City, but who is keeping the secret that her metamorphosis from ordinary to extraordinary is a hoax since she only got to Oz as a result of a faulty hot air balloon ride.

Mary J. Blige will play Evillene, better known as the Wicked Witch of the West, who holds sway over the Winkies and the Winged Monkeys that do her bidding. She captures our leads to avenge the unintentional murder of her evil sister, Evvamean, and to get back the powerful silver slippers given to Dorothy by the Good Witch of the North.

NBC is holding a nationwide search to find a fresh face to play lead character Dorothy. The musicians join cast members who include Stephanie Mills, who starred in the original Broadway production of “The Wiz” and who will play Dorothy’s beloved Auntie Em in this version.

“The Wiz: Live!” premieres Dec. 3 on NBC. Zadan is exec producing along with partner Neil Meron. Kenny Leon and Harvey Fierstein are directing. Fierstein also created new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown. A co-production with Cirque du Soleil, a stage version of this performance will run on Broadway in 2016-17.

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  1. Carmen says:

    Aw when will it be showing in the uk

  2. I can’t wait to see this!

  3. Lynnia Ri'chard says:

    I hope I’m *the New rising star and talent they’ve been searching for* since I would love to be apart of and work hard for this NBC production, and I strive for perfection (sometimes with a little quirkiness) in all of my performances. My maturity level is there, but I have that youthful energy I know they could find intriguing. I will get the job done, elegantly, if chosen. PLUS, I follow directions and adjust really well to suggested changes of the director, which is ALWAYS needed. Sooo Root for Me, Lynnia Ri’chard. Yaayyyy MEEEE!!!! 3rd Street Dance #perfectchoice for NBC :)

  4. Jon jordan says:

    Queen Latifah?there’s no one else in the business who could do this?yuck

  5. Diamond says:

    I’m so excited to see this show, however I do feel that Brandy should be in consideration to play Dorothy. She is phenomenal in any role she plays and I know she would want this role. Fingers are crossed. Team Brandy!

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