Anyone hoping that Queen Latifah would be rocking gray sideburns and a giant emerald streak in her hair during The Wiz Live! can breathe a sigh of relief because she sure is in the latest promo featuring a virtually unrecognizable Latifah as The Wizard.
Latfiah joins a stacked cast that includes *deep breath* Ne-Yo (Tin Man), David Alan Grier (Cowardly Lion), Elijah Kelley (Scarecrow), Mary J. Blige (The Wicked Witch), Common (The Gatekeeper), Amber Riley (Addaperle, The Good Witch), Stephanie Mills (Auntie Em) Uzo Aduba (Glinda the Good Witch) and newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy.
The new clip, set to the musical’s “Brand New Day,” gives us our first glimpse of the spectacular costumes as well as Latifah’s grand introduction.
Watch the new clip below.
Entertainment Weekly also posted photos of Latifah, Aduba and Common in costume.
Directed by Broadway savant Kenny Leon, The Wiz Live! premieres Thursday, December 3 at 8pm on NBC.