msamberpriley Standing between Sting (who is officially my imaginary boyfriend) and Barry Gibb meeting Prince Charles! God keeps blowing my mind. I never would have imagined after the year I’ve had that THIS is what I would be doing today. Grateful! Now I get to go back to the job I LOVE tomorrow! Thank you @amberrileynews for finding this gem!


The Wiz Live promo screenshots

Airing December 3, 2015 on NBC

(Updated with Mary J. Blige)


Aduba will play Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, who finally reveals the secret of the silver slippers to Dorothy and points her way home.

Riley will portray Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North. She is the sister of Glinda, Evillene and Evvamene, the other three witches of Oz. Addaperle (Miss One) points Dorothy to the Yellow Brick Road and her journey to Emerald City.

The pair joins Queen Latifah, who will play The Wiz; Mary J. Blige who is set as the Wicked Witch of the West; David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion; original cast member Stephanie Mills who will play Aunt Em; and Shanice Williams who landed the lead role of Dorothy.[X]

Well, I mean…we all know her voice… Imagine that six-inches from your face!

Initially, I was concerned that it would be hard to stay in character in that moment because of the goosebumps I’d be getting from her vocals, but the more we’ve rehearsed and I see how ‘in the moment’ she is, it’s heartbreaking and infuriating all at the same time. It’s really that moment that sends my character into Act 2. The audience isn’t ready!

—  Joe Aaron Reid discussing Amber singing “And I Am Telling You”
As an actress, she’s so giving onstage and it’s always nice when someone can look you in the eye and be right there with you. Then she opens her mouth to sing, and it’s like, “You’re joking, right?!” I feel very connected with her, and I look forward to what this year will bring.
—  Joe Aaron Reid on what it’s like to work on stage with Amber