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Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige join NBC's 'The Wiz Live!' as Wiz, Wicked Witch

Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige join NBC's 'The Wiz Live!' as Wiz, Wicked Witch

Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige will be part of "The Wiz Live!" - the song and dance retelling of "The Wizard of Oz" slated for NBC on Dec. 3. Like Carrie Underwood and Allison Williams before them, the Grammy-winning recording artists will be part of a live musical extravaganza. The Emmy- and Oscar-nominated "Bessie" star will play the all-powerful Wiz, and Blige will play baddie Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, the network announced Tuesday. The African American-oriented "The Wiz" originated onstage in the 1970s, and the 1975 Broadway production went on to win seven Tony Awards, including best musical. The big-screen...

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