Earlier today, NBC announced that it will follow up its live productions of "Peter Pan" and "The Sound of Music" with a live production of "The Wiz" on Dec. 3. "The Wiz" is a soulful adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that has shown as both a Broadway musical and a feature film starring Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, Nipsey Russell as the Tin Man, and Diana Ross as Dorothy.
In the livecast, "The Wiz" will introduce a culturally diverse cast, as well as Cirque du Soleil performers to add a stellar new dimension to the production. After the show airs, Cirque du Soleil will present The Wiz as a Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season.
"We love this yearly tradition and we're more excited than ever to not only bring another Broadway musical to America's living rooms, but also see it land on Broadway as well," said NBC Entertainment topper Bob Greenblatt.
"It's a natural next step for our live musical events and we're so pleased to be in business with this award-winning creative team ... Cirque's incredible imagination will help bring the fantasy world of Oz vividly to life and give this great show a modern spin on the age-old story we all love."
I can see SO many different possibilities for the cast! And Diana Ross and Michael Jackson are seriously hard shoes to fill. Who do YOU think would be a good fit for their roles? Sound off here!