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Red carpet superhero Uzo Aduba finds her forever look in her costume for Glinda in NBC's The Wiz Live!

Uzo Aduba as Glinda the Good in NBC's The Wiz Live! airing on Dec. 3. Check your local listings.

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Uzo Aduba as Glinda the Good in NBC's The Wiz Live! airing on Dec. 3. Check your local listings.



Just take a second and absorb this fabulousness. 

After almost of year straight of working red carpets like they owed her back rent, Emmy-winning actress Uzo Aduba has finally found a role that will costume her in all her innate glory. I'm talking of course about her upcoming turn as Glinda the Good in NBC's The Wiz Live! on Dec. 3.

Look at it. From the golden ringlets on down to the fire-like hem of the gown, this woman has never looked this amazing. And that really says something because her red carpetry settings sit somewhere between stunning and slay. 

Aduba rose to fame playing Suzanne a.k.a. Crazy Eyes on Netflix's Orange is The New Black with so much manic gusto, I'm sure folks were crossing to other side of the street to avoid her gaze.  It was only when the awards nominations started rolling in that we got a taste of her style team's cred, transforming the bantu knotted jail bird into a ceremonial swan right before our eyes. Honestly, up until that point, I had a hard time picturing her in regular clothes. 

Now, she's been cast a Glinda and given all the fixings of the iconic role, which was played by the dynamic Lena Horne for the movie adaptation. If someone had told you in 2013 that Uzo Aduba would be slipping her feet into Lena Horne's shoes, you probably wouldn't have been able to muster enough side eye. 

But here she is fantastically outfitted and ready to sing her way into history. The overall costuming for the show is so on point, stage productions around the world are going to have to step up the quality. But Aduba's golden goddess, off-the-shoulder gown feels like the natural progression of a style evolution we've been watching for some time. 

NBC's live musicals have been pretty terrible to date (Let us never again speak of Peter Pan), but the money put into the costuming for this one has me full of hope that at least we'll have great looks to chat about around the water cooler the next day. All hail the power of Uzo. 

[Last modified: Thursday, November 19, 2015 4:39pm]


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