After casting big names like Queen Latifah as the Wiz and Mary J. Blige as Evillene–and now David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion–NBC announced that it would bring the beautiful Uzo Aduba and Amber P. Riley onto the cast of the live production of The Wiz! E! News exclusively revealed that Orange Is The New Black superstar, Uzo will be playing Glinda the Good Witch and the Glee standout vocalist, Riley, will be playing Addaperle, the Good Witch’s sister.
“We are so happy to welcome two actors we’ve admired and wanted so much to work with,” said executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement. “We look forward to showcasing the amazing musical talents of Amber and we are eager to introduce Uzo’s remarkable singing voice for those who know her solely as an extraordinary dramatic actress.” Yes, Crazy Eyes has a beautiful singing voice, and we already know Amber can bring the house down.
We’re bursting with excitement over the way this star-studded cast is panning out! NBC recently announced that newcomer, Shanice Williams will play Dorothy and in case you missed it, check out her stunning audition. That young one has some pipes on her! Her star is surely going to rise. And if you remember, Stephanie Mills played Dorothy in the original Broadway play and the powers that be have given her the role of Auntie Em in this new production. How cute!
This is one production you’re not going to want to miss.
The Wiz Live! will air on NBC on Thursday, December 3.
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