Uzo Aduba & Amber Riley Set for The Wiz Live!

first_img View Comments Broadway alum and Orange Is the New Black standout Uzo Aduba and Glee’s Amber Riley are the latest stars tapped to join NBC’s The Wiz Live!. Aduba is set to appear as Glinda the Good Witch, while Riley will take on the role of her sister, Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North. The telecast will ease on down the road to our screens on December 3.Aduba received a 2015 Emmy nomination for her performance as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Orange is the New Black, having picked up the trophy for the role last year. She’s no stranger to the theater scene, having been featured in the 2011 revival of Godspell and Coram Boy on Broadway and the rock musical Prometheus Bound at the American Repertory Theater. She is set to appear in the upcoming films Showing Roots and Tallulah.Riley is most known for her performance as Mercedes Jones on Glee. She’s also taken the musical theater stage before, performing at the Hollywood Bowl in Hair and at City Center in Cotton Club Parade (which then transferred to Broadway, minus Riley, as After Midnight). In 2013, she won the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars, dancing alongside another favorite of the Broadway community: Derek Hough.They join the previously reported trio of Grammy winners: original Dorothy Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em, Queen Latifah as the Wiz and Mary J. Blige as Evillene. Three-time Tony nominee and In Living Color star David Alan Grier will play the Cowardly Lion (Grier appeared in the 2006 La Jolla production as the Wiz) and newcomer Shanice Williams takes on the role of Dorothy. No word yet if they’re on board for the forthcoming Broadway revival of the show, which is set to open in the 2016-17 season.Kenny Leon will stage both the television production and revival of The Wiz in collaboration with Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original book by William F. Brown. The show follows the familiar L. Frank Baum story of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz with a rock-filled revamp. Charlie Smalls’ score includes “Ease on Down the Road,” “No Bad News” and “Home.”last_img

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