*NBC is holding an open casting call in New York for the lead role of Dorothy in its upcoming holiday special “The Wiz Live!,” set for Dec. 3.
Auditions will take place on June 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Telsey + Co in Manhattan. Sign-in begins at 9 a.m.
“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 the songs “Home,” “Ease on Down the Road” and “Be a Lion” from the original Broadway production of The Wiz.
The Wiz Live!’s Dorothy will join recently cast Stephanie Mills, who played the original Dorothy in the multi-Tony-winning production that opened on Broadway in 1975. Mills will play Auntie Em in NBC’s remake.
Kenny Leon will direct with Harvey Fierstein providing new written material.
Universal Television is producing in association with Cirque Du Soleil Theatrical.