Back in March, I told you all that The Wiz was coming back to Broadway, following the premiere of a live TV-adaptation of the classic musical on NBC. Well, now we know some of the big names that will be breathing life back into every Black family’s favorite musical, and that includes the uber-talented singer-actresses Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah! (Can it get any better than that?)
According to Rhymes with Snitch, Ms. Mary will be playing the Wicked Witch of the West, Evillene, while Queen La will hold it down as the Wiz. Oh, and the legendary Stephanie Mills scooped up the role as Auntie Em. (Rumor has it that your girl Beyonce may wiggle her way in there as Glinda the Good Witch. But umm, yeah…doubt it.) No word on who will be playing Dorothy, but I still have my hopes up for Fantasia or Ledisi.
Guess we’ll just have to wait to see.
The Wiz Live! airs on NBC December 3. Whose watching?