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Uzo Aduba & Amber Riley Are Officially Part Of The Wiz Live's All-Star Cast!

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The rumors are true!

Remember how we told you about Uzo Aduba potentially starring in NBC's upcoming The Wiz Live?

Well, it turns out that the Orange is the New Black star was just officially cast as Glinda the Good Witch in the Wizard of Oz musical!

But that's not the only good newsAmber Riley is also joining the cast as Glinda's sister Addaperle.

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

We've heard Amber and Uzo sing many times in the past, so we're so excited to see them do it live!

The latest casting news places the actresses among other talent like Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Stephanie Mills, Shanice Williams and David Alan Grier.

Make sure to catch The Wiz Live! when it airs December 3 on NBC!

[Image via Brian To/Joseph Marzullo/WENN.]

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The Wiz Is NBC's Next Live Musical! But Who Will Star?? See Our Top Picks HERE!!

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NBC is doing it again!

Peter Pan Live!'s numbers may have been somewhat disappointing in comparison to The Sound Of Music, but they were still impressive for a live show.

So the network is putting together another live Broadway show! And this time — you voted for it — they're getting more ethnically diverse with an adaptation of The Wiz!

[ Related: Shonda Rhimes SHUTS DOWN Controversial Ethnic Diversity Op-Ed ]

Partnering with Cirque Du Soleil to help bring the magic of Oz to life without the help of visual FX, NBC hopes this will be the best live show yet!

But it'll only work if they get the right cast! And since many fans remember Diana Ross and Michael Jackson in these roles from the big screen, they're going to have their work cut out for them!

But if it were up to us, here's who would be easing on down the road:

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Check Out The Porgy And Bess Medley From The 2012 Tony Awards HERE!

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For anyone who doubted for a second why Audra McDonald took home her win tonight at the 2012 Tony Awards, look NO FURTHER than this!

Ch-ch-check out the actress, alongside co-stars Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier, absolutely KILLING a medley of tunes for The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess, featuring Summertime, I Got Plenty O' Nuttin', and It Ain't Necessarily So (above)!

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Perez Reviews: Porgy and Bess

We had the pleasure and privilege of watching Porgy and Bess on Broadway Tuesday night, or as we jokingly told our friend - Porgy And The Coke Harlot!

The show was so pleasurable on so many levels! Hearing a full orchestra on Broadway is divine! But, what was most spectacular were those voices! And the performances!

EVERYONE in the cast was truly truly astounding! Even David Alan Grier, whom we only knew from In Living Color but has a great voice and stellar acting chops!

As the lead characters, Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald were masterful! Both of them! We just sat there in awe! Both of them!!!

McDonald's part is so vocally challenging! And she makes it seem effortless! So exquisitely controlled and passionate! We don't know how she does it for that many shows a week!

It was such a treat to get to see her live! The last thing we saw her in was Ragtime a hella long time ago! And the last time we had the pleasure of seeing Lewis on Broadway was when he was in Side Show, which is one of our top 3 musicals of all time!

The entire supporting cast was splendid as well!

Changes were made to the Gershwin classic, at the behest of the estate, and we are glad. There is no "happy ending", though it does feel more upbeat than the original. And, thankfully, instead of the four hour running time, this version was trimmed to a little less than three hours.

Three magnificent, drama-filled hours of musicality and beauty!

Porgy And Bess is a must-see! Congratulations to Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis on their very well-deserved Tony nominations!

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Porgy And Bess Is Coming To Broadway!

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Wow! This ought to be inneresting!

The Gershwins' opera Porgy And Bess is coming to Broadway, but it's getting seriously revamped!

According to reports, the show

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David Alan Grier Joins Glee

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No offense to him, but when we heard news that we were getting a new Gleeky dad on the show, we were holding out for one of Rachel Berry's gay papas!

Whomp, whomp! This is good news too though!

On his Twitter this morning, David Alan Grier announced that he has been cast as Mercedes estranged father. David character is said to be in a 3 episodes arc and is described as a "singing, dancing homeless" man!

Homeless?! Really!? Twist!

OMG, he isn't going to be Patches, is he??? What a clever throwback that would be to the first season!

We're glad to see Ryan Murphy is branching out into his other character's families. Not that we don't love Rachel and Kurt, but even we're ready to learn more about the rest of the club! (More Heather Morris, if you please!)

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