(WAFF) - "The Wiz" is working its magic with an epic live telecast right here on WAFF 48!
Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. tune in to watch an all-star cast including "Glee" star Amber Riley, David Alan Grier and Queen Latifah perform this twist on the beloved story "The Wizard of Oz."
Rising star Shanice Williams, an 18-year-old New Jersey native who has been raised and trained in musical theater, is the new Dorothy in NBC's upcoming holiday production.
Mary J. Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, who holds sway over the Winkies and the Winged Monkeys that do her bidding. She captures Dorothy and her friends to avenge the unintentional murder of her evil sister, Evvamean, and to get back the powerful silver slippers given to Dorothy by the Good Witch of the North.
David Alan Grier will play the Cowardly Lion, who asks Dorothy if he can join her in her journey down the Yellow Brick Road and ask the Wiz for some courage, which he is severely lacking.
Stephanie Mills was previously announced to portray Auntie Em in "The Wiz Live!" Mills is best known to many for playing Dorothy in the original Broadway production of "The Wiz."
Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man, who was once a flesh-and-blood woodsman but a spell put on him by the Wicked Witch causes him to lose his limbs and heart. He learns that he's never lost the ability to feel.
Common will play the Bouncer, the gatekeeper of the entrance to Emerald City who is out to get what he can from Dorothy and her three friends.