Mary J. Blige & Queen Latifah Cast In NBC’s Remake of ‘The Wiz’

Published: Tuesday 28th Jul 2015 by Rashad
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Reports have it the highly anticipated remake of the classic Diana Ross musical film ‘The Wiz’ (a Motown-inspired twist on Judy Garland‘s ‘The Wizard of Oz’) just added entertainment royalty to its cast via Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah.

Set to air December 3rd on NBC, the live musical adaptation will see the divas take on two of the flick’s most beloved characters – The Wizard and the Wicked Witch of the West.

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NBC has signed two big stars for The Wiz: Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige have joined the network’s latest live musical adaptation. EW has exclusively learned Latifah will play the titular Wiz, who holds the keys to the Emerald City, while Blige is set to play the Wicked Witch of the West [Evilene]. (source)

Fans of divas know they are no strangers to musicals.  In addition to her role in 2002’s ‘Chicago’ earning her an Academy Award-nomination, Latifah also earned critical acclaim for her performance in 2007’s ‘Hairspray.’ Blige, a 9x Grammy winner, also starred in the Tom Cruise-led musical ‘Rock of Ages.’

Their casting follows reports singer Stephanie Mills – who portrayed Dorothy in the original stage production of ‘The Wiz,’ will portray Auntie Em in NBC’s adaptation.  The role of Dorothy for the live musical, on the other hand, remains untapped.  Grammy winner singer/actress Brandy – currently winning rave reviews on Broadway for her performance as Roxie Hart in ‘Chicago’ – has expressed great interest in the part.


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  1. Lake Erie July 28, 2015

    Congratulations Queen and MJB! I hope my girl Brandy gets the part she’s expressed interest in 🙂

  2. Casual-T July 28, 2015

    Both seem miscast. When I saw the headline, I instinctively thought of Mary J. Blige as Dorothy and Queen Latifah as Glinda, the Good Witch.

  3. MUSICHEAD July 28, 2015

    Please lord let Brandy be Dorothy! She would be amazing!

  4. danyboo July 29, 2015

    There should be somebody young for dorthy. Brandy need to find a different outlet to get back into performing cause she was killing it when she was pushing her last album get back to it B YOUR PRESENCE IS PRESENCEMUCH NEEDED IN BLACK ENTERTAINMENT CAUSE BISH U ROCK

  5. Danny Bey July 29, 2015

    Queen should play the Wicked Witch of th West. And Brandy as Forothy would be EVEERRRRRRRYYYYYYTHIIIIING!!!

  6. LisaL July 29, 2015

    It seems like Mary J whose first 3 CD’s were classics, and she followed with a hit here and there, has burned out. People say she cant sing but she really can. If you doubt look at the video of her singing to Lee Daniels at the precious release party, she is dripping in soul.

    Mary has another hit in her, she just needs the right producer and song.

    Queen Latifiah, needs to stop playing and become a man fully. A butch who wears makeup and weave to do commericals but in the street she’s a man.

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  8. Lewie July 29, 2015

    I think Michelle Williams should play Dorothy! She has proven to be successful on broadway.

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