NBC ANNOUNCES L.A.-BASED CASTING CALL FOR DOROTHY IN HOLIDAY PRODUCTION OF ‘THE WIZ LIVE!’
NBC is having a Los Angeles-based open casting call for the lead role of Dorothy in the network’s upcoming holiday special “The Wiz Live!,” to be telecast Thursday, Dec. 3.
The casting call is set for Monday, July 20 at Third Street Dance, 8558 W. 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Sign-in is from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at which time applicants will get a same-day appointment time.
Casting directors will be looking for a young African-American woman between 18-27 years old. She must have an extraordinary voice that can tell a story, as well as be mature with a youthful energy.
Candidates need to be prepared to sing a short portion of the songs “Home,” “Ease on Down the Road” and “Be a Lion” a capella from the original Broadway production of “The Wiz.”
“The Wiz Live!” is adapted from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, with a book by William F. Brown, and music and lyrics by
Charlie Smalls. The production opened on Broadway in 1975 at the Majestic Theatre and won seven Tonys, including best musical.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (“The Sound of Music Live!,” “Peter Pan Live!”) serve as executive producers. Kenny Leon will direct with Harvey Fierstein providing new written material. “The Wiz Live!” is produced by Universal Television in association with Cirque Du Soleil Theatrical.