Heavy-hitters Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige have joined the cast of the live musical The Wiz. The NBC production will air live on Thursday, December 3rd and will be produced by Sound of Music and Peter Pan duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Tony award winning director Kenny Leon will direct both the live event and the Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season.
The Wiz is an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz but with an African-American/multicultural twist. Latifah has been casted as the Wiz, while Blige will fill the role as the Wicked Witch of the West. There are rumors swirling around that pop-star Beyonce might play the Glinda the Good Witch or Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba is up for the part.