Our sister blog Shadow & Act has the news that NBC’s latest live musical has found its Dorothy. “The Wiz Live!” — set to air December 3rd — has cast newbie Shanice Williams in the lead role. She’ll star alongside David Alan Grier (as the Cowardly Lion), Queen Latifah (The Wiz) and Mary J. Blige (the Wicked Witch of the West), not to mention several as-yet-unannounced cast members (our fingers are still crossed for Beyonce as the Good Witch but it seems like that’s unlikely at this point).
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (“The Sound of Music Live!,” “Peter Pan Live!,” Oscar-winning “Chicago”) will executive produce the film, with Kenny Leon (Tony winner, “A Raisin in the Sun”) taking on the role of stage director and Matthew Diamond as TV director. The glorious Harvey Fierstein (three-time Tony winner, “Torch Song Trilogy,” “Hairspray” and “La Cage aux Folles”) is providing new written material (which makes us very optimistic).
“The Wiz Live!” will be produced by Universal Television in association with Cirque Du Soleil Theatrical.