Who Is Playing The Cowardly Lion in NBC's 'The Wiz'?

by Zach Seemayer 9:14 PM PDT, August 04, 2015
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NBC's live production of the Broadway classic The Wiz is really taking shape.

Comedian David Alan Grier is joining the cast of The Wiz Live!, and is set to take on the role of the Cowardly Lion who joins Dorothy on her trip drown the yellow brick road.

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Grier is the latest addition to the cast after Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige came on board in late July. Latifah is set to star as the eponymous wizard while Blige will star as Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West.

The Wiz, which is based on the classic L. Frank Baum novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was first staged on Broadway in 1975, and went on to win seven Tony awards.

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The work was further popularized by the 1978 film adaptation starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Lena Horne, Nipsey Russell, and Richard Pryor.

NBC's live production of The Wiz is set to air Dec. 3.

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