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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...)

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...)

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...)

Burning Coal's Its 2015-16 Season to Feature THE WIZ, BLUE SKY & MoreBurning Coal's Its 2015-16 Season to Feature THE WIZ, BLUE SKY & More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

Burning Coal Theatre Company of Raleigh, NC announces its 2015/2016 season of plays. In its 19th season, the theatre, housed in the historic Murphy School auditorium at 224 Polk Street, will host the Brooklyn based Only Child Aerial Theatre's Production of Asylum created by Nicki Miller and Kendall Rileigh and directed by Nicki Miller (October 15 - November 1, 2015), The Wiz by William F Brown, Charles Smalls and Luther Vandross, directed by Randolph Curtis Rand (December 3 - December 20, 2015), The US premier of Blue Sky by Clare Bayley, directed by Gus Heagerty and co-produced by CAM/Raleigh (January 28 - February 14, 2016 at CAM/Raleigh), and the American premier of Spoonface Steinberg by Lee Hall, the writer of Billy Elliot, directed by Jerome Davis (April 7 - April 24, 2016). (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...)

Fill Those Ruby Slippers! NBC to Hold L.A. Casting Call for Role of 'Dorothy' in THE WIZ LIVEFill Those Ruby Slippers! NBC to Hold L.A. Casting Call for Role of 'Dorothy' in THE WIZ LIVE
by Jessica Showers - Jul 13, 2015

NBC is having an open casting call for the lead role of Dorothy in the network's upcoming holiday special "The Wiz Live!," set for Thursday, Dec. 3. (more...)

American Theater Company's 31st Season to Include Premieres from Thomas Bradshaw, Dan LeFrancAmerican Theater Company's 31st Season to Include Premieres from Thomas Bradshaw, Dan LeFranc
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

American Theater Company (ATC) announces Season 31: The Legacy Season, honoring ATC's late artistic director PJ Paparelli and continuing the theater's dedication to developing new works. (more...)

5th Annual Elly Awards to Honor Tina Brown & Emily Rafferty, 6/225th Annual Elly Awards to Honor Tina Brown & Emily Rafferty, 6/22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2015

The Women's Forum of New York will present The 5th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefiting The Education Fund of the Women's Forum on Monday, June 22nd at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The awards, named for the Women's Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, will honor outstanding women leaders. (more...)

Photo Flash: 'Dorothy' Hopefuls from Across the U.S. Audition for NBC's THE WIZ LIVEPhoto Flash: 'Dorothy' Hopefuls from Across the U.S. Audition for NBC's THE WIZ LIVE
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 6, 2015

NBC's holiday production of 'The Wiz Live!,' is set for Thursday, Dec. 3. Today, the network hosted an open casting call for the role of  'Dorothy' at New York's Telsey + Company. (more...)

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