Feb 19, 2015

NBC Needs To Ease The Wiz On Down to the Studio



I know it's old news, but supposedly NBC is considering doing a live version of the legendary musical The Wiz. Let me tell you all kinds of good feelings washed over me, I remember this show when it was on Broadway. I never got to see it live on stage, but knew the soundtrack.

Well, I am hoping the stars align and all will be set to bring this show back to the masses. I loved the movie version, although as I got older I wished the original Dorothy on Broadway, Stephanie Mills, would have been cast as Dorothy in the movie.

While in that train of thought about casting. Here is is my 2015 dreams cast for The Wiz:

Glenda - Audra McDonald (She never has a bad turn in any role. Plus, she can bring that angelic voice.)

Evilene - Jill Scott (Ya know Jill has woke up and said more than once in her life time, "don't nobody bring me no bad news." Her voice is powerful and she can act.

Scarecrow - Usher Raymond ( I think Usher will have fun with the physicality of the role.)

Tin Man - Don Cheadle (He rocked it as Sammy Davis Jr. and I am sure can do a mean tap routine)

Cowardly Lion - Jamie Foxx (Now, who else can sing and bring the comedy better than Jamie?)

Now, I am stuck with a choice for The Wiz and Dorothy! Anyone has suggestions for these two roles?


2 comments:

Reneé said...

The Wiz!
The Fam did a week in NYC when The Wiz was on Broadway so we could do the "kids as first time tourist" thing, and I got to see it live with Stephanie Mills. I was just a wee little thing and that was my first Broadway show, seen on actual Broadway. I would love to see The Wiz get some props "Live".

Bob Slatten said...

I like your casting, but can't really think of a good Dorothy, though JHud could rock the rafters with her voice.