Early last week we reported that NBC will do a live rendition of ‘The Wiz’ on Dec.3 of this year. The star-studded cast has been making headlines since the announcement, the big names continue to roll in as NBC has officially announced Common and Ne-Yo as the latest addition to the cast.
More from the Reporter:
Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley (Hairspray) and Common have been added to the star-studded lineup, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Thursday.
Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man, Kelley will play the Scarecrow and Common will portray the gatekeeper to Oz.
The trio join Queen Latifah, who will portray the Wiz in the live production, with Mary J. Blige playing Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West. David Alan Grier has landed the role of the Cowardly Lion. Stephanie Mills, who starred as Dorothy in the original Broadway production of The Wiz, is taking on the role of Aunt Em for the NBC rendition. And newcomer Shanice Williams has landed the role of Dorothy, following a nationwide casting call. Orange Is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba will portray Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, while Glee’s Amber Riley will play Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North.
Can’t wait to see it! Dec. 3rd on NBC!