Queen Latifah & Mary J Blige Join NBC's 'The Wiz: Live!'

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MediaPunch/REX Shutterstock (3721895x) Queen Latifah, Mary J Blige 2014 Matrix Award Honorees event, New York, America - 28 Apr 2014

Mary J Blige and Queen Latifah are bringing their incredible talents to NBC’s ‘The Wiz: Live!’ this December.

via Variety:

Latifah will play the mysterious and powerful wizard who holds the keys to the Emerald City, but who is keeping the secret that her metamorphosis from ordinary to extraordinary is a hoax since she only got to Oz as a result of a faulty hot air balloon ride.

Mary J. Blige will play Evillene, better known as the Wicked Witch of the West who holds sway over the Winkies and the Winged Monkeys that do her bidding. She captures our leads to avenge the unintentional murder of her evil sister, Evvamean, and to get back the powerful silver slippers given to Dorothy by the Good Witch of the North.

NBC is holding a nationwide search to find a fresh face to play lead character, Dorothy. The musicians join cast members who include Stephanie Mills, who starred in the original Broadway production of “The Wiz” and who will play Dorothy’s beloved Auntie Em in this version.

‘The Wiz: Live!’ premieres Dec. 3 on NBC. It’s shaping up to be an incredible show, don’t you think?

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