Ne-Yo Is the Coolest Tin Man Ever, Plus More First Photos of The Wiz Foursome

David Alan Grier, Shanice Williams, Ne-Yo and Elijah Kelly
NBC released the first photos of Ne-Yo and the cast of The Wiz Live! in character as the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy, and Scarecrow 

His costume is…so sick! Ne-Yo may just be the coolest Tin Man ever. The R&B singer and his costars in The Wiz Live! have officially gotten into character for their upcoming NBC special — and Oz has never looked so good.

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The first cast photos from the production were released on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Ne-Yo, who plays the Tin Man without a heart, was joined by Shanice Williams (Dorothy), Elijah Kelley (Scarecrow), and David Alan Grier (Cowardly Lion).

Ne-Yo as Tinman
Ne-Yo as Tinman

Judging by the photos, Dorothy really is not in Kansas anymore. Instead of Judy Garland’s blue dress and shimmering red shoes, she’s now making her way to the Emerald City in a plaid skirt and black jacket. The Scarecrow, for his part, adds stripes to his attire, while the Lion throws on a fur vest to venture through the poppies.

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Shanice Williams as Dorothy
Shanice Williams as Dorothy
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who executive produced The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live!, are coming back for NBC’s third live production. Take a look at the full cast below:

Dorothy: Shanice Williams

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Scarecrow: Elijah Kelley

Elijah Kelly as Scarecrow
Elijah Kelly as Scarecrow

Tin Man: Ne-Yo

Cowardly Lion: David Alan Grier

David Alan Grier as Lion
David Alan Grier as Lion

Wicked Witch of the West: Mary J. Blige

Glinda: Uzo Aduba

The Wiz: Queen Latifah

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The Bouncer: Common

Addaperle: Amber Riley

Auntie Em: Stephanie Mills

The Wiz Live! is set to air on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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