A pair of actresses known for “Glee” and “Orange Is the New Black” have signed up for the upcoming NBC production “The Wiz Live!”
TheWrap reports that Uzo Aduba, an Emmy winner for her performance as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” will play Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, in the NBC musical, set to air Dec. 3. Aduba won an Emmy in 2014 and is nominated again this year for the role.
The report also notes that Amber Riley will play Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North. Riley is best known for her role as Mercedes Jones on “Glee.”
As we reported previously, the lead role of Dorothy went to 18-year-old Shanice Williams from New Jersey. Other cast members include Queen Latifah as The Wiz, Mary J. Blige as Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, and David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion.