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Beyoncé & Uzo Aduba Could Be Joining Queen Latifah & Mary J. Blige On NBC's The Wiz!

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This is shaping up to be a pretty stellar cast!

Following Tuesday's announcement that Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige had been added to this Winter's The Wiz Live!, even more A-List stars are now rumored to be part of the musical event.

That's because we're hearing the Beyoncé herself has been offered the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the NBC adaptation!

While she has yet to accept, we can totally see Bey leading show show alongside Queen Latifah's Wizard and Mary J. Blige's Wicked Witch of the West.

[ Photos: The Best Moments From NBC's Peter Pan Live! ]

And as if that trio weren't enough to secure ratings, producers are reportedly also considering Uzo Aduba for a role!

Crazy Eyes has been on Broadway before starring in the revival of Godspell, so we're really hoping to see Orange is the New Black meet the Yellow Brick Road!

Which other celebs do U want to see star in The Wiz Live??

[Image via Ivan Nikolov/FayesVision/WENN.]

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Queen Latifah & Mary J. Blige Will Star In NBC's The Wiz Live!

| Filed under: TV NewsMusic MinuteBroadway BabiesQueen LatifahMary J. Blige

They're off to see the wizard!

NBC is at it again!

The network announced back in March that it was going to put on a live TV adaptation of the popular Broadway musical The Wiz, in the same vein as Peter Pan Live! and The Sound of Music Live!

Now, two of the leads have been revealed! Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige will star in the show!

[ Video: Watch Queen Latifah Sing The Blues In This Teaser For Bessie! ]

The U.N.I.T.Y. rapper will play the iconic role of the wizard, which is typically a male role and was played by Richard Pryor in the movie version.

But, the show's producers are super excited to switch things up with QL:

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Rumer Willis Is Making Her Broadway Debut In The Musical Chicago! But She's Not The Only Willis Heading To Broadway This Year!

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Looks like Rumer Willis will be dancing again — and also singing!

It's been reported that the Dancing With The Stars champion will make her Broadway debut this fall in the smash hit Chicago!

The 26-year-old will begin a limited eight-week performance at the Ambassador Theatre from August 18 through October 11.

The starlet will rotate playing the role of fatal housewife Roxie Hart in the murderously themed musical set in the 1920s!

[ Related: Rumer Willis To Quit Dancing On The DWTS Live Tour After A Foot Injury! ]

Rumer isn't the only member of the Willis family to head to broadway this year — Bruce Willis is also set to make his broadway debut in the stage adaptation of Stephen King's Misery!

Willis will play the role of novelist Paul Sheldon who becomes a prisoner of super fan Annie Wilkes, who will be played by Laurie Metcalf!

Misery will begin previews on October 22. We're so excited to see both Willis's take broadway by storm!

[Image via Judy Eddy/WENN.]

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Acclaimed Theater Actor And Former Cheers Star Roger Rees Dead At 71 Years Old

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Famous Longtime actor Roger Rees died Friday night at his home in New York. He was 71 years old.

The Welsh-born Rees, who won Tony Awards for his on-stage work, was best known to American audiences for playing English millionaire Robin Colcord on the long-running TV show Cheers.

[ Related: ​Friday The 13th Star Betsy Palmer Dead At 88 ]

Rees' co-stars made public statements about his death, including Chita Rivera, his co-star on The Visit, a Broadway play:

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Daniel Radcliffe Honored With Best Butt Title In The UK! You'll Never Believe Which Hollywood Hottie He Beat Out!

| Filed under: Broadway BabiesFilm FlickersDaniel RadcliffeHarry PotterMeryl StreepOscarsButtzJamie Dornan

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Forget the wand — it's all about Daniel Radcliffe's buns.

The Harry Potter star beat some of the United Kingdom's hottest celebs for the this year's distinguished Rear of the Year Award. LOVES it!

But who exactly did the Broadway actor beat?

Well, none other than Mr. 50 Shades Of Grey himself — Jamie Dornan! Fierce!

[ Related: J.K. Rowling Makes Big Announcement About A New Project! ]

Never heard of the ROTYA?! Well it's essentially the Oscars of behinds.

For about four decades, the light-hearted award has recognized some of the entertainment industry's best butts. Specifically, Brits nominate and vote for the British celebrities with the top assets of the year.

Simply, Daniel has the Meryl Streep of bottoms.

Congrats to the What If performer's female counterpart Kym Marsh.

Regardless, we aren't shocked that the 25-year-old received the HIGHlarious prize as he's no stranger to stripping down for his craft.

Did anyone else see Equus?! LOLz!

Last year Daniel explained:

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Jonathan Groff Throws Some Serious Shade At Madonna!

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Jonathan Groff is not a Madonna fan.

When Madonna released her song Express Yourself all those years ago, we're not sure this is what she had in mind!

Jonathan Groff recently opened up to FourTwoNine about his missed connection with the superstar singer back April, when she was not invited backstage after seeing a production of Hamilton at the Public Theater in New York City.

[ Related: Patti LuPone Takes A Texter's Phone During A Show! ]

For those of you wondering why on Earth author-slash-composer Lin-Manuel Miranda denied the pop princess' request to meet the cast of the hip-hop musical, it might be because she wasn't watching the show as much as she was texting through it.

But the Broadway babe wasn't really broken up about not being able to talk to the music icon. In fact, Jonathan hopes the snub taught her a lesson about theater etiquette, saying:

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