Amber Riley will be joining the cast of The Wiz Live! on NBC!
The 29-year-old Glee star will be taking on the role of Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North. Orange is the New Black‘s Uzo Aduba also joined the cast as Glinda.
“We look forward to showcasing the amazing musical talents of Amber, and we are eager to introduce Uzo’s remarkable singing voice for those who know her solely as an extraordinary dramatic actress,” Wiz executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement to Essence, who broke the news.
The 29-year-old actress and Season 17 winner brought her new friend John Silverman to the Los Angeles taping.
“Remember my kind friend that I met on the plane that took care of me when I was sick? I brought him to Dancing With the Stars with me today!!! #paybackcanbegoodtoo #grateful,” Amber captioned with a cute photo of the two at the show.
Just a few weeks prior, John was seated next to Amber and instead of ignoring her, helped her out when she became ill on the flight.
“I got really sick on the plane today. But God sat me right next to an angel. He pretty much held my hand and nursed me through the whole flight and even carried my bags to baggage claim. I felt so much better when we landed I had to take an ussie. He taught me a valuable lesson about always being kind to strangers because he had no clue ‘who I was’ and didn’t find out until later,” Amber wrote of her meeting with John on Instagram. “It didn’t matter. He could have just ignored me and pretended I wasn’t there but he didn’t, he cared and offered comfort and anti-nausea medicine lol thank you for being my hero John Silverman. I made a new friend! (Terrible pic of me but that smile was genuine, I’m thankful).”
Emma Roberts, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Sarah Hyland look lovely as they hit the red carpet at the Kindred: Foundation for Adoption Inaugural Fundraiser held at Riviera 31 on Tuesday night (March 3) in Beverly Hills, Calif.
“Thanks to Chris and everyone at @myintent for being a part of our special evening,” Jenna shared on her Twitter account. “And to my beauties for being there for @kindredadoption ???????? you guys are true friends ?? #kindredlaunchparty.”
FYI: Emma is wearing Stuart Weitzman shoes.
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