Tonight NBC has decided to dig up an oldie but goodie movie and do a re-imagining of the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz, which is a urban reinterpretation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with an all Black cast.
The Wiz Liv! will deliver an all-star cast of amazing talent. Queen Latifah plays the role of the Wiz, Mary J. Blige is Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, Uzo Aduba is Glinda The Good Witch, David Alan Grier plays the Cowardly Lion, Ne-Yo is the Tin Man, Elijah Kelley is The Scarecrow, Common is the Bouncer/Gatekeeper of Emerald City and Stephanie Mills (who originated the role of Dorothy in The Wiz) plays Aunt Em.
Additionally, the producers searched the entire country and auditioned hundreds of possible Dorothy’s until the found newcomer, Shanice Williams.
It will be exciting to see the Grammy, Emmy and American Music Award winners on stage playing out this re-imagining for our enjoyment.
Check it out tonight at 7pm on NBC.