(AllHipHop News) Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier is the latest star to join the cast of NBC's live broadcast adaptation of The Wiz. The actor/singer will play the role of the Cowardly Lion.
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The announcement of Grier's participation in the remake of the classic musical follows the previous news that Queen Latifah (The Wiz), Mary J. Blige (the Wicked Witch of the West), and Stephanie Mills (Auntie Em) will appear in the production as well.
Kenny Leon (A Raisin In The Sun) is directing The Wiz Live!. Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein is providing new written material. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The Sound of Music Live!, Chicago) serve as executive producers.
Grier broke onto the national stage as a player on the Fox hit sketch comedy series In Living Color. His filmography also includes A Soldier’s Story, Boomerang, and The Woodsman.
The Detroit native has received three Tony nominations for his turns in The First, Race, and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. He is also set to lead the upcoming NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show premiering August 26.
The Wiz Live! is scheduled to air in Thursday, December 3 on NBC. The performance is produced by Universal Television in association with Cirque Du Soleil Theatrical.
Watch David Allen Grier talking about The Carmichael Show below.