Common, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelly cast in NBC's 'The Wiz Live!'

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NBC has cast Common, R&B singer Ne-Yo, and actor Elijah Kelley in its upcoming live broadcast of the musical "The Wiz"

Academy Award winner Common will play non-singing role of the Gatekeeper to Oz. Ne-Yo has been cast as the Tin Man, Dorothy's companion on the Yellow Brick Road in search of a heart. Kelly, known for his roles in "Hairspray" and "The Butler," has joined the special as the Scarecrow, who needs a brain from the Wizard of Oz.

The three join other recently announced cast members like "Orange Is the New Black" star Uzo Aduba and "Glee" alum Amber Riley. Aduba will play Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, while Riley will play Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North.

NBC also recently announced that Queen Latifah will play The Wiz, while Mary J. Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West. 19-year-old newcomer Shanice Williams was cast as Dorothy and David Alan Grier will play the Cowardly Lion.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("The Sound of Music Live!," "Peter Pan Live!," Oscar-winning "Chicago") will executive produce. Kenny Leon (Tony winner, "A Raisin in the Sun") is stage director and Matthew Diamond is TV director, with Harvey Fierstein (three-time Tony winner, "Torch Song Trilogy," "Hairspray" and "La Cage aux Folles") providing new written material.

"The Wiz Live!" is produced by Universal Television in association with Cirque Du Soleil Theatrical. It will premiere Dec. 3 at 8/7c.

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Common, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelly cast in NBC's 'The Wiz Live!'
NEW YORK - 1978: The cast of 'The Wiz' (L-R Ted Ross, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Nipsey Russell) pose for a publicity shot in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
Diana Ross, center, as Dorothy, Michael Jackson, right, as Scarecrow, and Nipsey Russell as Tinman perform during filming of the musical "The Wiz" in New York's World Trade Center, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 1977. Ted Ross, portraying the Lion, is partly hidden behind Russell. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK - 1978: The cast of 'The Wiz' (L-R Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Diana Ross and Ted Ross) pose for a publicity shot in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1978: Lena Horne in a scene from the movie 'The Wiz' in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
Director Sidney Lumet, left, is dwarfed by Ted Ross, who plays the Lion, in the film version of "The Wiz," now being filmed in New York City on Oct. 4, 1977. The film is the first musical to be made in New York since West Wide Story, twenty years ago. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK - 1978: The cast of 'The Wiz' (L-R Ted Ross, Diana Ross, Nipsey Russell, Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor) pose for a publicity shot in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
Stars of the "The Wiz," a film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same title, pose at a news conference in New York City, Sept. 28, 1977. From left are, Nipsey Russell, who will play the part of the Tinman; Michael Jackson, who will play the Scarecrow; Diana Ross, who will portray Dorothy, and Ted Ross, who will portray the Cowardly Lion. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
Entertainer Diana Ross holds a sign identifying herself during a news conference for "The Wiz," the film version musical based on "The Wizard of Oz," in New York City on Sept. 28, 1977. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
Comedian Nipsey Russell is shown at a news conference in New York on Sept. 28, 1977. Russell is publicizing the Broadway musical "The Wiz," an African-American adaptation of the "Wizard of Oz" story. Russell will play the Tin Woodsman. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
Following the yellow brick road entertainer Diana Ross walks the yellow brick road on a sound stage in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1977. She?ll play Dorothy in an upcoming film version of the musical ?The Wiz,? based on ?The Wizard of Oz.? (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
NEW YORK - 1978: A scene from 'The Wiz' directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios in 1978 in New York, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
FILE - In this Oct. 4, 1977 file photo, Diana Ross, center, as Dorothy, Michael Jackson, right, as Scarecrow, and Nipsey Russell as Tinman perform during filming of the musical "The Wiz" in New York. Ted Ross, portraying the Lion, is partly hidden behind Russell. (AP Photo, file)
NEW YORK - 1978: A scene from 'The Wiz' directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios in 1978 in New York, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
Michael Jackson during Press Conference for 'The Wiz,' 1977 in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK - 1978: Richard Pryor in a scene from the movie 'The Wiz' in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1978: Diana Ross in a scene from the movie 'The Wiz' in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1978: Diana Ross in a scene from the movie 'The Wiz' in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1978: Lena Horne in a scene from the movie 'The Wiz' in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
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