Yesha Callahan

Ne-Yo, Common, and Broadway Vet Elijah Kelley Join NBC’s ‘The Wiz’ Cast

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NBC just keeps adding more superstars to the cast of The Wiz Live. After announcing that Amber Riley and Uzo Aduba would be joining the production as the Good Witches of the North and South, the network just added three more vets to the crew.

Common, Ne-Yo, and Hairspray star Elijah Kelley will join The Wiz Live! When it hits airwaves Thursday, December 3. According to reports, Kelley will play the Scarecrow, Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man, and Common will portray the gatekeeper to Oz.

While some were skeptical of NBC’s handling of the classic musical, the star-studded seems to indicate the network is serious about doing The Wiz justice.

Queen Latifah, Stephanie Mills, Mary J. Blige, David Allen Grier, and newcomer Shanice Williams also round out the cast.

“The Wiz Live!” airs Thursday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. on NBC.

  1. August 17, 2015 - Reply

    I knew Ne-yo would be in it! I was thinking Scarecrow, though. However, I can see him doing the Tin Man. I’m so excited about this. Can’t wait for itnto air!

    • August 17, 2015 - Reply


      Yeah that’s what I said…Scarecrow

  2. August 17, 2015 - Reply

    I really can’t wait to see this.

  3. August 17, 2015 - Reply

    They are putting out all stops to make sure that the performances of the actors and the actresses will be memorable. I’m certainly going to watch the Wiz on NBC when it comes out.

  4. August 21, 2015 - Reply

    This is shaping up well….I hope that the production is also up to par. They should go above and beyond to make sure that it is not cheesy.

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