December 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
‘The Wiz Live!’ production airs on NBC Thursday with all-star cast
(Courtesy of NBC)

(Courtesy of NBC)

“The Wiz Live!” airs on NBC on Thursday at 8 p.m. and redefines the iconic musical for 2015.

The star-studded cast includes Queen Latifah (the Wiz), Mary J. Blige (Evillene the Wicked Witch of the West), David Alan Grier (the Cowardly Lion), Uzo Aduba (Glinda the Good Witch), Ne-Yo (the Tin Man), Amber Riley (Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North), Elijah Kelley (the Scarecrow) and Common (the Bouncer in Oz). Kenny Leon directs the live production.

Stephanie Mills, who played the original Broadway version of Dorothy, will play Auntie Em this time around. Newcomer Shanice Williams, 19, is set to play Dorothy. Williams told NBC News that the televised play was her first professional audition.

The 1978 film version of the musicial famously starred Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Lena Horn and Richard Pryor.

 

 

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