The Wiz Live! Queen Latifah & Mary J. Blige’s Amazing Transformations!By Delaina Dixon | December 1, 2015 | Entertainment
Hey DivaGals! This #TransformationTuesday we’re checking out how Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are “transforming” into The Wizard and Evilene for The Wiz Live!, airing this Thursday on NBC!
“It’s the first Broadway play I ever saw. I don’t know how [my mother] rustled up these tickets cause money was tight . . . and I was amazed by it. My mind was opened up,” Latifah explains of her first experience with the Broadway musical. “Oz wasn’t just a fantasy land, it was a place I could go. I became more inclined to audition in the school plays. I knew it was something that I wanted to do.”
Mary has a simpactico experience. “It changed my life,” she declares. “Growing up as a kid in the inner cities, it’s hard to leave. So when you see Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, who are the untouchables and the biggest entertainers of our time, it makes you think I can do it too. It gave me hope. It inspired me and encouraged me.”
That’s not their only transformation with the show. Let’s talk your alter ego looks, ladies!
“It’s some amazing costumes. The crown is heavy. I’m scared ΓÇô I just hope the thing doesn’t go flying off,” Mary confesses.
“Green is my favorite color,” says Latifah. “When I put it on, it takes me there ΓÇª My posture changes and my attitude changes. My shoulders get bigger and I start feeling a little bossier than I might have been. I just wanna tell somebody to do something they ain’t even deserved to be told just ’cause I can. I got ignorance coming all out of my pores when I put it on.
Mary concurs. “That’s how I feel, evil, like ‘y’all mother fΓÇª'” she trails off before both icons giggle.
Now we know we’re gonna have to watch for that! The Wiz Live! airs Thursday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. on NBC.