The Wiz Live! finally aired last night after long weeks of anticipation, and it was Off. The. Hook. After a couple of duds, NBC got a live musical so right, even Black Twitter couldn’t find much wrong with it. You just know they were warming up to destroy it and instead they started crying: with joy.
Last night we all had the privilege of watching a star as she was born. Shanice Williams, in her first role, stood toe to with the likes Queen Latifah, Amber Riley, Mary J Bilge and Uzo Aduba and she shined. Sit down Allison Williams and Carrie Underwood, you got owned. Shanice, when does you first album drop, girl? I’m there for it.
NBC has released another new ad for its version of The Wiz airing on December 3rd, and this one features Queen Latifah as The Wizard of OZ. I think this is the first time we have seen her in costume and make up. We also get glimpses of Common, Amber Riley, Stephanie Mills and Uzo Aduba in character.
As December draws closer, we’re starting to hear more and more information about NBC’s The Wiz Live! And just today, we’ve gotten our first look at the cast.
Shanice Williams will play Dorothy Gale, David Alan Grier will play the Cowardly Lion, Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man, and Elijah Kelley will play the Scarecrow. The cast will also include Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Amber Riley, Uzo Aduba, and the iconic Stephanie Mills who once played the role of Dorothy on Broadway.