NBC Casts Original Dorothy as Auntie Em in Live Adaptation of The Wiz
Stephanie Mills will appear in the network's televised staging of the 1975 musical
The Wiz‘s original Dorothy is returning “Home” once more.
Stephanie Mills, who eased on down the road in the musical’s 1975 original Broadway cast, is officially returning to the show. Mills will play Auntie Em in NBC’s live adaptation of the hit musical, the network announced at their Upfronts presentation on Monday.
NBC said they are still on the hunt for “new talent” to play the iconic character of Dorothy in the show, which is a New York City-set Wizard of Oz with a diverse cast. The Wiz Live! follows NBC’s live adaptations of The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood in 2013, and Peter Pan, starring Allison Williams in 2014.
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The show will be produced by Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Cirque du Soleil will also have a hand in the production of the telecast, after which they will revive the show on Broadway for the 2016-17 season.
The Wiz Live! will air Dec. 3 on NBC.