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The Wiz, an African-American adaptation of The Wizard of Oz was released in 1978, now nearly 40 years later NBC is launching The Wiz musical TV special.

Our Top Choices for ‘The Wiz’ Musical Cast  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. RUNNER UP: Usher as “Scarecrow”

RUNNER UP: Usher as “Scarecrow”

2. KeKe Palmer as “Dorothy”

KeKe Palmer as “Dorothy”

3. RUNNER UP: Zendaya as “Dorothy”

RUNNER UP: Zendaya as “Dorothy”

4. Jennifer Hudson as “Glinda the Good”

Jennifer Hudson as “Glinda the Good”

5. RUNNER UP: Beyonce as “Glinda the Good”

RUNNER UP: Beyonce as “Glinda the Good”

6. Mike Epps as the “Tin Man”

Mike Epps as the “Tin Man”

7. RUNNER UP: Gabourey Sidibe as “Evilene”

RUNNER UP: Gabourey Sidibe as “Evilene”