Posted by | Ray Cornelius
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NBC has released an exciting new promo for the highly-anticipated television special, The Wiz Live! The clip features the musical’s four main characters—Dorothy (Shanice Williams), Lion (David Alan Grier), Tin Man (Ne-Yo), Scarecrow (Elijah Kelley)—along with pictures of the other celebrity cast members including Queen Latifah (The Wiz), Amber Riley (Addaperle), Mary J. Blige (Evillene the Wicked Witch of the West), Common (The Royal Gatekeeper), Stephanie Mills (Aunt Em) and Uzo Aduba (Glinda the Witch of the South).
In addition to the promo, the network has also announced 33 new ensemble cast members who will take on the roles of the Munchkins, the Crows, the infamous “Winged Monkeys” and the ultra sophisticated Citizens of Oz.
It has also being reported that some of the cast will be performing during this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26 at 9 a.m.
The Wiz Live! is an African-American adaptation of the L. Frank Baum classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The original Broadway show debuted in 1975 and was followed by a glitzy movie version in 1978 starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor and Lena Horne.
Check out the promo below and tell us what you think!
Photo Credit: BroadwayDirect.com