Broadway has announced the return of The Wiz to its circuit beginning in 2016! This means more singing, dancing, and a new cast of stars to bring the story of an Afrocentric Wizard of Oz to a new generation. Immediately with this announcement rumors of a movie are buzzing, along with who the new Dorothy will be. As you recall, Diana Ross portrayed her in the original film. Although she did an “okay” job, she was still much too old to play young, innocent Dorothy.
Audiences nowadays are more purists than anything; loving to compare originals and updates when it comes to cinema. Wanting to reach a wider and younger demographic, two names have been tossed into the fray for these coveted roles–Janelle Monae and Keke Palmer! Janelle would bring a beautifully fresh and powerful performance as Dorothy. She can sing and dance, and her popularity with urban, earthy audiences a serious plus! Keke already has the experience of Broadway from her run on Cinderella. Either way both of these young women are Uber talented.
Below are our picks for the rest of the cast. Tell us what you think in the comments section below!
Scarecrow- Chris Brown or Omarion
Tin Man- Usher
The Cowardly Lion- Kevin Hart or Mike Epps
Glenda, The Good Witch- Beyonce or Mariah Carey
The Wicked Witch- Nene Leakes or Kenya Moore