Amber Riley Wiz Live Cast

Glee's Amber Riley, OITNB's Uzo Aduba Join NBC's The Wiz Live

Bow down, witches.

Amber Riley (Glee) and Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black) will play the Wicked Witch of the West’s sisters in NBC’s upcoming live production of The Wiz, the network announced Thursday.

Riley will play Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North, and Aduba will play Glinda, the Good Witch of the South — both sisters of Evilene, the Wicked Witch of the West played by Mary J. Blige.

Addaperle, who’s not that great at magic, is the witch who points Dorothy to the Yellow Brick Road and gifts her with the silver slippers.

Aduba’s Glinda is the witch who eventually reveals the secret of the silver slippers to Dorothy and points her home.

“We are so happy to welcome two actors we’ve admired and wanted so much to work with,” executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. “We look forward to showcasing the amazing musical talents of Amber and we are eager to introduce Uzo’s remarkable singing voice for those who know her solely as an extraordinary dramatic actress.”

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Wednesday, the production announced that newcomer Shanice Williams will play Dorothy in the upcoming event. Previously cast roles include the Wizard (Queen Latifah), the Cowardly Lion (David Alan Grier) and Aunt Em (Stephanie Mills, who played Dorothy in the show’s original Broadway production.

The Wiz Live airs Thursday, Dec. 3.

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  1. LADY_in_MD says:

    Yay! Cant wait to watch

  2. Joey says:

    Casting for this is much better than the casting for Peter Pan.

  3. Mark says:

    What happened to Beyoncé?

  4. readenreply says:

    I guess Amber is too old for Dorothy :/

  5. Ronnie says:

    I am so psyched for this! I heard Uzo Aduba singing on The View and her voice is beautiful. The whole cast so far seems great!

  6. Steven says:

    Crazy Eyes as Glinda! yes, I’m in!

  7. nate says:

    I know what I’m watching

  8. dan says:

    Suddenly I’m interested.

  9. Riley says:

    Very PC