NBC is looking for a newcomer to ease on down the yellow brick road in their upcoming production of Charlie Smalls’ “The Wiz,” which will air live on Dec. 3.
The open casting call will be presented by casting agency Telsey & Company at 311 W. 43rd St., 10th floor on June 6, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Sign in begins at 9 a..m.
The role of Dorothy is being described as: “Female, African American, must be 18 years-of-age or older. Must have an extraordinary voice that can still tell a story, and maturity with a youthful energy.”
Auditioners should come with a headshot and resume with full contact information. They should also be prepared to sing a few a cappella bars of “Home,” “Ease on Down the Road” or “Be a Lion” -- all of which appear in “The Wiz.”
Actress Stephanie Mills, who played Dorothy when “The Wiz” premiered on Broadway in 1975, has already been cast as Auntie Em.
“The Wiz Live!”, which retells L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” with an all-black cast set in a fantasy version of New York City, will follow in the footsteps of 2013’s “The Sound of Music Live!” and last year’s “Peter Pan Live!”
Like those two productions, “The Wiz Live!” will be produced by Craig Zaden and Neil Meron. But unlike previous years, NBC will transfer its revival of “The Wiz” on Broadway for the 2016-17 season.
Tony-winning director Kenny Leon (“A Raisin in the Sun”) will stage both productions, with Tony winner Harvey Fierstein providing additional material to William F. Brown’s original Broadway book.
Cirque du Soleil will co-produce alongside Zaden and Meron, meaning there’s a good chance our residents of the Land of Oz will be performing some high-flying circus acts.