When most people meet me, they don’t often peg me as a Michael Jackson fan. I have a partially shaved head, I wear lots of weird Japanese street fashion clothes, and I pick combat boots over stilettos when given the choice. But, underneath all those funky colors and weird hair choices, I have essentially been a fan of the King of Pop since birth. His image was constantly in my face growing up, and never did I ever want to stop looking at it. Michael has been a constant inspiration and artistic hero in my life – which is why seeing recent news about another cinematic take on Michael has me very concerned.
NBC, the makers of the Sound of Music and Peter Pan live broadcasts are at it again this holiday season, this time doing something less Mary Martin and more Motown. If you haven’t heard yet, NBC will be producing a live TV production of The Wiz, the beloved cult hit re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz. And to add further to that joyous announcement, the team has recently picked their Dorothy, by choosing newcomer Shanice Williams, along with stars David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion, Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em, and Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige as The Wiz and Wicked Witch, respectively.
And so in celebration of the news, here are some Theater Thursday approved choices for the rest of The Wiz cast. Now come “ease on down” our article road to see some dream-casting picks!