Common, Ne-Yo and Elijah Kelley Join The Wiz Live!

Common; Ne-Yo; Elijah Kelley
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The Wiz Live! is wrapping up its casting announcements, and Common and Ne-Yo will join Hairspray star Elijah Kelley as part of the ensemble, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Common, who recently won an Oscar for his song that is featured in Selma, will play the Bouncer, the gatekeeper to Emerald City and the nemesis of Dorothy and her fellow travelers. 


Kelley will play the Scarecrow, originally played by Michael Jackson in the film version, and a character who, even though he doesn't think he has a brain, proves to be pretty smart.

Ne-Yo, although he isn't rusty when it comes to his singing skills, will play the Tin Man, who is in need of a heart. 

With so many stars now, it's hard to keep track of them all. There's Queen Latifah as the Wiz; Mary J. Blige as Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West; David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion; Uzo Aduba as Glinda, the Good Witch of the South; Amber Riley as Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North; and Stephanie Mills as Auntie Em.

And the coveted role of Dorothy went to New Jersey native Shanice Williams, who definitely has some shoes to fill as Mills watches over her performance. 


The Wiz Live! airs on NBC Dec. 3.

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