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The Wiz live

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I am so excited!!! The Wiz live is coming on NBC tonight.  I have been anticipating this night for months. I remember watching the original in 1978. The Wiz is adapted from The Wizard of Oz(another favorite of mine). Let’s talk about the cast of the original:

Dorothy: Diana Ross, The Supremes, singer

Scarecrow: Michael Jackson, singer King of Pop

Tinman: Nipsey Russell, actor and singer on Broadway

Lion: Ted Ross, actor appeared in film and TV

Evillene: Mabel King, actress appeared in TV( What’s Happening!!) and Broadway

Aunt Em: Theresa Merritt, actor appeared in Billy Madison

The Wiz: Richard Pryor, comedian

Glinda the Good: Lena Horne, singer and actress, I remember her in Stormy Weather😊

Directed by Sidney Lumet

What a amazing cast!! The music and choreography was a sight to see. I can’t count how many times I watched it. So tonight is going to be a treat. Ok we have to talk about the all star cast:

Dorothy: Shanice Williams, newcomer

Scarecrow: Elijah Kelley, known for roles in Hairspray and Redtails

Tinman: Ne-Yo, singer and songwriter

Lion: David Alan Grier, known for roles in In living Color and Boomerang

Evillene: Mary J Blige, singer

Auntie Em: Stephanie Mills, singer and played Dorothy in the Wiz on Broadway

The Wiz: Queen Latifah, singer, rapper, and actor

 

Glinda the Good: Uzo Aduba, known for role in Orange is the new black

Bouncer: Common, Oscar winner best original song with John Legend

Addapearle: Amber Riley, known for role on Glee

Directed by: Kenny Leon

Please check out the YouTube video below for a sneak peek. Did I mention the performance is going to be live!!!! Amazing!!!!!

Info credit to IMDb and YouTube