Mary J Blige & Queen Latifah Cast in NBC’s Live Version of ‘The Wiz’
NBC’s Live version of The Wiz will have some powerhouse women!
The network just announced that Queen Latifah and Mar j Blige have both been cast. Latifah will play ‘Oz’ and Blige will take on the role of ‘Evillene: The Wicket Witch of the West.’
“To see [Queen Latifah] play the iconic role of the Wiz and make it her own is going to be one of the joys of producing this event,” say Wiz executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
The paid join Stephanie Mills, who played Dorothy in the original Broadway cast, who will play Auntie Em in the NBC version.
The role of Dorothy is still unknown, as the network has opted to give an unknown actress the chance to take on the character.
Following the December telecast, Cirque du Soleil will present The Wiz as a Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season.
Image via Getty