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First Look: Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion from ‘The Wiz Live!’ (Pics)

Cast of NBC's The Wiz Live!
Cast of NBC’s The Wiz Live!

*The first photos of main characters from NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” has hit the web.

Ahead of the production’s live airing on Dec. 3, People.com posted pics of Shanice Williams as Dorothy, Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow, Ne-Yo as the Tin Man and David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion – all in full costume

“We’re creating a fantasy land that also is inspired by some of the imagery you’d see today,” Tony-nominated costume designer Paul Tazewell says in the next issue of People, on newsstands Friday. “It’s the edgiest of high-fashion from now but in the world of the Emerald City.”

Take a peek at the characters below:

Shanice Williams as Dorothy in NBC's "The Wiz Live!"
Shanice Williams as Dorothy in NBC’s “The Wiz Live!”

Shanice Williams as Dorothy
“It’s greatly influenced by where we start: a contemporary Kansas,” says Tazewell. “Dorothy is dressed as a modern teenager.”

Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow
Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow in NBC’s “The Wiz Live!”

Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow
“He’s a fashion-forward scarecrow,” says Tazewell. “His suit is something you would find at a secondhand store but when he embodies it, becomes much more hip – reminiscent of Basquiat character.”

Ne-Yo as the Tin Man
Ne-Yo as the Tin Man in NBC’s “The Wiz Live!”

Ne-Yo as the Tin Man
“He is a woodsman translated into the world of tin,” says Tazewell. “It’s much more literal to work clothing than it is created out of a patchwork of metal. And it’s topped off with a tree-worker’s metal hat.”

David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion
David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion in NBC’s “The Wiz Live!”

David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion
“We see him as a real lion,” says Tazewell. “His updated look is a mane that is made out of dreads and a vest that is styled in a more contemporary way.”

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