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Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige join the cast of NBC’s live production of the musical “The Wiz”

We don’t yet know who is going to play Dorothy – and Diana Ross is really too old this time – but we now know that Queen Latifah has been cast as The Wizard and Mary J. Blige as the Wicked Witch in NBC’s production of The Wiz Live!

The join the previously announced Stephanie Mills — who played Dorothy in the original Broadway production of The Wiz — will portray Auntie Em.

Mills was passed over for the 1978 film version of The Wiz in favor of Diana Ross who was 34 at the time. They changed the character from school girl to young school teacher.

Wouldn’t Miss Ross be perfect for the good witch role portrayed by Lena Horne in the film?

The Wiz Live will air on NBC on December 3 and will be executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

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2 Remarks

  1. i love the retelling of the Wiz…perfect timing….it is All about the casting of Dorothy….and the reappearance of Miss Ross! No matter how you delve on it, the ratings would hit fever high with a Great Dorothy and a Glinda Ross!!!

  2. I really hope the music is the same as the original Broadway production. IMHO, the film was terrible. I am counting on a production to really make the late great Geoffrey Holder proud.

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