Are you a fan of the 1978 film with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson? Keeping with their new tradition of producing a live musical show a year, NBC is now planning to stage of live production of The Wiz, which is Broadway’s retelling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. But this is to be done with, as the network puts it, with an “African-American/multicultural twist.” NBC is currently in talks to have pop star, Beyoncé, play Glinda the Good Witch of the South. Orange Is the New Black‘s Uzo Aduba is also said to be a possible understudy if Beyoncé is unavailable.
Currently, Mary J. Blige is cast as Evilene, the Wicked Witch of the West, Queen Latifah is expected to play a female version of the titular Wizard of Oz, and Stephanie Mills (who originated the role of Dorothy in the original Broadway cast) is expected to play Aunt Em. Not only does it look like there is an all-star cast, but an all-star crew as well; Cirque du Soleil is also said to be working on the production.
The play, which is a bit more faithful to the original Baum story than the iconic 1939 film, gives almost every character their own song. Even, as shown below, the tornado has an impressive ballet number. Glinda has two: “A Rested Body is a Rested Mind” and “If You Believe.” If the production goes the 1939 route, and combines Glinda’s role with the Good Witch of the North, known as Addaperle in the show, she may also get “He’s The Wizard.” Then again, the 1978 film adaptation, which cast Lena Horne in the role, cut it down to one.
The NBC show will be something of an early Christmas present, expected to air on December 3. The original show is expected to return to its Broadway roots with a new production in 2016.
Via: Digital Trends