Queen Latifah & Mary J. Blige Join NBC’s ‘The Wiz’

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NBC has become notorious for their celebrity castings of their live musicals but we gotta give it to them for this. Oscar nominated rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah is set to play the Wiz and nine time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige will play the Wicked Witch of the West in the latest revamp of The Wiz. Other than Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em, no other casting’s been announced for the show but expect Dorothy to be announced pretty soon. I know I said this about Peter Pan and ended up horrified, but NBC could actually get it right this time. After two god awful attempts, the studio might actually be learning from their mistakes. All we were asking for was that the actress could sing on key (cough cough Allison Williams), but NBC signed on two music legends instead. We’re not complaining! Of course we could take everything back if they cast someone like Raven Symone as Dorothy, but for right now we’re optimistic about The Wiz. It could be good. It could be amazing. But don’t count on it. We know how these things usually turn out.

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