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It was in May when NBC announced an open casting call for the lead role of Dorothy in the network’s upcoming holiday special “The Wiz Live!,” set to air on Thursday, Dec. 3. Revealed last month, newcomer Shanice Williams was cast as Dorothy, beating out lots of competition - potentially the break of a lifetime for the actress/singer. Williams joins David Alan Grier, who will play the Cowardly Lion; Queen Latifah stars as the Wiz; Mary J. Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West; Stephanie Mills (who played Dorothy in the original Broadway production of “The Wiz”) will portray Auntie Em; Common will play the Bouncer, the gatekeeper of the entrance to Emerald City; Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man; and Elijah Kelley will play the Scarecrow in NBC's December production. “The Wiz Live!” is adapted from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
NBC's upcoming musical event The Wiz Live! has added "Orange Is the New Black" star Uzo Aduba, and "Glee's" Amber Riley to its cast. The pair have signed up to play two of the Good Witches, the network announced Thursday. Aduba will play Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, while Riley will portray Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North. They join newcomer Shanice Williams, who has been cast as Dorothy; David Alan Grier, who will play the Cowardly Lion; Queen Latifah stars as the Wiz; Mary J. Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West; and Stephanie Mills (who played Dorothy in the original Broadway production of “The Wiz”) will portray Auntie Em in NBC's December production. “The Wiz Live!,” set to air on Thursday, Dec. 3. It is adapted from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, with a book by William F. Brown, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
TB is reporting that The Theory Of Everything's Eddie Redmayne has been cast as L. Frank Baum in a biopic about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author titled Road To Oz. New Line and Flynn Picture Company are producing the planned film, which will recount the early days of Baum. With Redmayne set to star, the producers are apparently now on the hunt for a director for the project. Road To Oz was written by... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything," "Jupiter Ascending") will portray "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum in a new biopic of the prolific children’s fantasy writer at New Line Cinema reports The Tracking Board.
Josh Golden penned the script for "Road to Oz" which centers on Baum's early life and the development of his hit 1900 novel - a book partly inspired by his sickly niece Dorothy. Baum led a colorful life including marrying feminist and suffragist Maud Gage Baum, along with working as a newspaper editor, store owner, poultry breeder and some forays on the stage.
Golden's screenplay has made numerous honors lists for spec scripts and was instrumental in his nomination for a prestigious Nicholl Fellowship from AMPAS. What tone the project will go for, or who will helm it, is unknown at this point. It follows in the wake of several Oscar-bait style »
- Garth Franklin
Oscar-winner will play novelist who tried his hand at poultry fancying and newspaper editing before inventing the fantasy land of wicked witches, munchkins and ruby slippers
The film, titled Road to Oz, is based on a much-hyped screenplay by newcomer Josh Golden that was bought by studio New Line last year. It centres on Baum’s early life and the development of his hit 1900 novel, originally titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was partly inspired by the author’s sickly niece Dorothy.
Redmayne recently won the starring role in Jk Rowling’s Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and will appear as the pioneering transgender artist Lili Elbe in the upcoming Tom Hooper period drama The Danish Girl. »
- Ben Child
David Alan Grier is joining NBC’s upcoming holiday production of “The Wiz Live!,” set for Thursday, December. 3. Grier will play the Cowardly Lion who asks Dorothy if he can join her in her journey down the Yellow Brick Road, and asks the Wiz for some courage, which he is severely lacking. He joins the previously-cast Queen Latifah, Stephanie Mills and Mary J. Blige to the telecast. Queen Latifah stars as the Wiz, and Mary J. Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West. Stephanie Mills (who played Dorothy in the original Broadway production of “The Wiz”) will portray Auntie Em in NBC's December production. “The Wiz Live!” is adapted from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, with a book by William F. Brown, and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. The production opened on Broadway in 1975 at the Majestic Theatre and won seven Tonys, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The action follows twenty-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) and her K9 police dog who are transported via tornado to a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Ever wondered what it would be like if you crossed The Avengers with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? Well wonder no more, as YouTuber Darren Wallace has created a rather splended mashup between this year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz with a faux trailer for Avengers of Oz: Age of Tinman. Check it out here…
- Gary Collinson
The numbers are in and it turns out, MGM’s highly anticipated big screen adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a box office flop. Apparently most moviegoers weren’t really into the idea of a farm girl riding a tornado to an alternate world, stealing some dead woman’s shoes and frolicking down a yellow brick road arm in arm with a cowardly lion, tin man and scarecrow. After going through a handful of directors before landing Victor Fleming and then struggling through a number of production challenges including some serious injuries on set, The Wizard of Oz wound up running MGM a whopping $2.7 million tab, but then only went on to accumulate a total of $3 million during its theatrical run. Tack on distribution and various other costs, and that makes The Wizard of Oz a $1.1 million loss for the company. Clearly it’s »
- Perri Nemiroff
After having success with The Sound of Music and Peter Pan, NBC is moving ahead with another live musical event: The Wiz. The network will rework the 1975 Broadway hit that was inspired by L. Frank Baum's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Even more exciting? Cirque du Soleil will be involved this time. The live performance is scheduled for Dec. 3, and there are plans to bring the show to Broadway in 2016. Diana Ross and Michael Jackson starred in the Oscar-nominated movie version, which came out in 1978 and featured an entirely African-American cast. In case you're not familiar, here's the trailer! »
NBC’s next live musical event will come with a literal twist (or, more likely, dozens of ‘em).
The network announced on Monday that executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — the men behind NBC’s live versions of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan — will mount a live production of The Wiz in partnership with Cirque du Soleil on Dec. 3. Cirque’s new stage theatrical division will then present The Wiz as a major Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season.
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