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Uzo Aduba Talks Casting in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE: 'Anything Is Possible'Uzo Aduba Talks Casting in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE: 'Anything Is Possible'
by TV News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

Best known for her Emmy-winning portrayal of Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren on the hit Netflix series 'Orange Is the New Black,' actress Uzo Aduba (Broadway's GODSPELL) stopped by this morning's TODAY to share that she couldn't believe it when she got the call to play Glinda the Good (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 8/28/2015 - THE CHRISTIANS, HAMLET IN BED, Babs and More!WAKE UP with BWW 8/28/2015 - THE CHRISTIANS, HAMLET IN BED, Babs and More!
by Jessica Khan - Aug 28, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: THE CHRISTIANS and HAMLET IN BED begin off-Broadway and Babs gets a rerun on THE TONIGHT SHOW! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: David Alan Grier Talks 'Whole New Vision of the Lion' in New Promo for THE WIZ LIVE!STAGE TUBE: David Alan Grier Talks 'Whole New Vision of the Lion' in New Promo for THE WIZ LIVE!
by Stage Tube - Aug 27, 2015

NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! just released a brand-new promo for the highly anticipated holiday production, featuring David Alan Grier talking about his daughter's reaction to him playing 'The Lion' - hear what he had to say below! (more...)

BWW Exclusive Interview: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Discuss BOMBSHELL, THE WIZ, Returning to Broadway and More; Plus a Career in PicturesBWW Exclusive Interview: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Discuss BOMBSHELL, THE WIZ, Returning to Broadway and More; Plus a Career in Pictures
by Richard Ridge - Aug 27, 2015

Earlier this month, BroadwayWorld.com sat down with the very busy dynamic duo of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to discuss... well, everything. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in PicturesBWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are two of the most renowned producers working in the industry today. They are best known for their work on the past three Academy Awards ceremonies, The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live! and Smash. Their Broadway credits include Promises, Promises and How to Succeed in Buisness Without Really Trying. Film credits include Hairspray, Chicago, A Raisin in the Sun and Footloose. Upcoming projects include The Wiz Live!, the movie adaptation of Pippin and much more. (more...)

A Female Wizard? THE WIZ Director Kenny Leon Came Up with Casting Queen Latifah for the Title RoleA Female Wizard? THE WIZ Director Kenny Leon Came Up with Casting Queen Latifah for the Title Role
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

Grammy and Golden Globe-winner Queen Latifah will soon return to musical theatre as the title character in NBC's highly-anticipated THE WIZ LIVE! (airing December 3)- a part that is usually played by a man. In a recent Variety article, it is revealed that director Kenny Leon first came up the idea for the gender-bending casting. (more...)

Breaking: It's Coming Together in Oz: Ne-Yo, Common Join Cast of NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!Breaking: It's Coming Together in Oz: Ne-Yo, Common Join Cast of NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2015

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Ne-Yo and Common have joined the cast, of NBC's highly-anticipated THE WIZ LIVE!. Ne-Yo will take on the role of the Tin Man, while Common portrays the gatekeeper of Oz, a non-sining role (more...)

BWW Exclusive - THE WIZ Shanice Williams' HS Drama Teacher Shares Photos from Early DaysBWW Exclusive - THE WIZ Shanice Williams' HS Drama Teacher Shares Photos from Early Days
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 7, 2015

Today, BWW speaks with Alison Dooley, Williams' drama teacher from New Jersey's Rahway High School, who shares her thoughts on the exciting casting news as well as exclusive production photos featuring the talented actress. (more...)

Breaking! Uzo Aduba and Amber Riley Join Cast of NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!Breaking! Uzo Aduba and Amber Riley Join Cast of NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Aug 6, 2015

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK star Uzo Aduba and GLEE's Amber Riley are the latest stars to join the cast of NBC's upcoming THE WIZ LIVE! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Photos & Video - THE WIZ's Shanice Williams Performs at Paper Mill's 2014 Rising Star Concert!BWW Exclusive: Photos & Video - THE WIZ's Shanice Williams Performs at Paper Mill's 2014 Rising Star Concert!
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 5, 2015

BWW has obtained exclusive photos of Williams performing at Paper Mill's 2013 New Voices Concert and 2014 Rising Star Awards Ceremony. Check them out below! (more...)

VIDEO: THE WIZ LIVE's Shanice Williams Talks Taking on Role of Dorothy: 'I'm Ready!'VIDEO: THE WIZ LIVE's Shanice Williams Talks Taking on Role of Dorothy: 'I'm Ready!'
by TV News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

Newcomer Shanice Williams wiped away tears and expressed gratitude for the role during the appearance. (more...)

THE WIZ LIVE's Shanice Williams Talks Taking on Role of Dorothy: 'I'm Ready!'THE WIZ LIVE's Shanice Williams Talks Taking on Role of Dorothy: 'I'm Ready!'
by TV News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

Newcomer Shanice Williams wiped away tears and expressed gratitude for the role during the appearance. (more...)

She'll Ease on Down the Road! Shanice Williams Will Play Dorothy in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE; Watch Audition!She'll Ease on Down the Road! Shanice Williams Will Play Dorothy in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE; Watch Audition!
by TV News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

NBC's The Wiz Live has found it's Dorothy! BroadwayWorld has just learned that Shanice Williams has joined the cast (more...)

Breaking News: NBC's THE WIZ LIVE Casts Its Cowardly Lion!Breaking News: NBC's THE WIZ LIVE Casts Its Cowardly Lion!
by TV News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

Tony Award nominee and multi-talented actor and singer David Alan Grier is joining NBC's highly anticipated holiday production of 'The Wiz Live!,' set for Thursday, Dec. 3. (more...)

NBC's THE WIZ LIVE Finds Its Dorothy; Find Out Who It Is Tomorrow on the TODAY SHOW!NBC's THE WIZ LIVE Finds Its Dorothy; Find Out Who It Is Tomorrow on the TODAY SHOW!
by TV News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

NBC's The Wiz Live has found it's Dorothy! According to the show's official Facebook page, the announcement will be made tomorrow, August 5. They write: 'Who will play Dorothy in #TheWizLive? Find out tomorrow on the Today Show at 8:15am ET on NBC. We can't wait to share the news with you!' (more...)

Beyonce to Play 'Glinda the Good' in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE?Beyonce to Play 'Glinda the Good' in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE?
by TV News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

Sources have revealed that Beyonce is currently in discussions to take on the role of Glinda THE GOOD WITCH (more...)

She Can't Stop the Beat! Watch THE WIZ's Queen Latifah's Musical Performance HighlightsShe Can't Stop the Beat! Watch THE WIZ's Queen Latifah's Musical Performance Highlights
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

Grammy and Golden Globe-winner Queen Latifah has joined the cast of NBC's highly-anticipated musical, THE WIZ LIVE! in the role of the Wiz (more...)

Breaking News: Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige Will Ease on Down the Road in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!Breaking News: Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige Will Ease on Down the Road in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

BroadwayWorld has confirmed that Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige have joined the cast of NBC's highly-anticipated THE WIZ LIVE! Latifah will play the Wiz, and Blige will be the Wicked Witch of the West.  (more...)

Believe! Craig Zadan Shares Several Updates On THE WIZ LIVE!Believe! Craig Zadan Shares Several Updates On THE WIZ LIVE!
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 27, 2015

New information on THE WIZ LIVE! (more...)

Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Post Pic Of Kenny Leon & Fatima Robinson From THE WIZ LIVE! Dorothy AuditionsCraig Zadan & Neil Meron Post Pic Of Kenny Leon & Fatima Robinson From THE WIZ LIVE! Dorothy Auditions
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 24, 2015

The men behind the magic audition Dorothys! (more...)

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