NBC's live production of The Wiz has cast David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion, the network announced Tuesday.
The comedian and three-time Tony nominee will play the famed feline, who joins Dorothy on her adventure to Oz. Ted Ross originated the role when The Wiz first opened in 1975.
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Grier has experience as a song-and-dance man, most recently in Porgy and Bess on Broadway opposite Audra McDonald, and has TV credits including Happy Endings, Life with Bonnie and the '90s hit In Living Color.