Three-time Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier has been cast to play the Cowardly Lion in the upcoming live TV musical THE WIZ. He joins Queen Latifah as the titular wizard and Mary J. Blige as Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West. The telecast will air in America in December (15), and bosses hope to transfer the show to Broadway for the 2016-17 season.