Uzo Aduba and Beyoncé were BOTH in talks for the role of Glinda, The Good Witch in NBC’s ‘The Wiz: Live!’ production — and Uzo nabbed the role!
Not only is Uzo coming to the stage, but Amber Riley is also coming on as Addaperle, The Good Witch of the North.
“We look forward to showcasing the amazing musical talents of Amber, and we are eager to introduce Uzo’s remarkable singing voice for those who know her solely as an extraordinary dramatic actress,”Wiz executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement.
Just a quick cast recap:
David Alan Grier is playing the Cowardly Lion.
Shaniece Williams is playing Dorothy.
Queen Latifah is playing the Wiz.
Mary J. Blige is playing Evillen, the Wicked Witch of the West.
Stephanie Mills is playing Auntie Em.
This is definitely one night of television you WON’T want to miss.
The Wiz: Live! airs on Thursday, December 3rd at 8/9c on NBC.