According to Shadow & Act, The Wiz! production has released a first set of images, courtesy of People Magazine, from the upcoming broadcast, featuring the key cast in costume, individually and together. Newcomer Shanice Williams was cast as Dorothy, beating out lots of competition - potentially the break of a lifetime for the actress/singer. Williams joins David Alan Grier, who will play the Cowardly Lion; Queen Latifah stars as the Wiz; Mary J. Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West; Stephanie Mills (who played Dorothy in the original Broadway production of “The Wiz”) will portray Auntie Em; Common will play the Bouncer, the gatekeeper of the entrance to Emerald City; Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man; and Elijah Kelley will play the Scarecrow in NBC's December production. Esteemed choreographer Fatima Robinson (“Dreamgirls,” “Ali”) is also on board, along with music producer Harvey Mason Jr. (“Dreamgirls, “Pitch Perfect 2”) and Stephen Oremus (“The Book of Mormon,” “Kinky Boots”) as music director, orchestrator and co-producer of the music.
Sidebar: Looking forward to seeing this!