Scarecrow traveled with Dorothy during her first adventure through Oz, when he asked the Wizard for the gift of brains. Since then, he's become a book-smart genius and a master inventor - but sometimes his common sense is a little lacking.
Dan Aykroyd was awarded a Doctorate in Literature (Honoris Causa) from Carleton University in 1997 for recognition of his "Saturday Night Live" writing and for the nine produced screenplays on which he shares co-writing credits – and in which he also starred - Love at First Sight, Blues Brothers, Blues Brothers II, Spies Like Us, Dragnet, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Coneheads, and Nothing But Trouble.
Tin Man was a cherished companion of Dorothy's on her first trip down the yellow brick road. He asked the Wizard of Oz for heart, and what he got in return was a healthy dose of emotion – all of them. He feels everything deeply, whether he wants to or not.
Kelsey Grammer has excelled at the highest level in theatre, television and film as an actor, producer, and director. He played the celebrated character in three different television series ("Cheers", "Wings" and "Frasier") over a span of 20 years, tying the record for longest-running television character.
Lion was more of a chicken when he first met Dorothy, until the Wizard of Oz showed him he had courage. Now, he's as brave as they come, even if he doesn't always have the brawn to back it up.
Jim Belushi has mesmerized Hollywood with his personable charisma as an incredibly successful comic actor, getting his start at The Second City and on "Saturday Night Live" before moving on to star in "The World According to Jim." He is also an accomplished dramatic actor and musician.
Dorothy is just a regular kid from Kansas – except she's earned a reputation for vanquishing witches and saving the land of Oz! When her friends need her, she's always quick to come to their aid with her beloved dog Toto in tow, and she's determined to never back down from a challenge.
The title and coveted role of Dorothy Gale will be played by Golden Globe-nominee Lea Michele. Although best recognized for her starring role on the acclaimed FOX television show "Glee," Lea began her career on Broadway and recently released her debut album Louder to critical acclaim. This May, she will continue to share her experiences in "Brunette Ambition," her first book which is part memoir, part how-to and part style guide.
The China Princess has got it going on and she knows it. She's the diminutive high ruler of China County, the most eligible bachelorette in all the land, and nowhere near as fragile as you might think.
Megan Hilty recently starred alongside Sean Hayes in NBC's comedy "Sean Saves the World." Prior to that, she portrayed the seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC's musical drama "Smash." She released her debut solo album It Happens All The Time in 2013.
Marshal Mallow may be made of marshmallows but he's not mushy at all (except, perhaps, when it comes to the China Princess). He serves in Candy County's army and is a dedicated soldier, but even more so, he's a loyal friend.
Hugh Dancy is one of NBC's biggest stars ("Hannibal") while also impressing audiences on the big screen. He recently starred in "Hysteria" opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal and the critically acclaimed film "Martha Marcy May Marlene" along with Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, and John Hawkes.
Wiser is a wise and most talkative owl, with a knack for briskly jumping from one topic to the next, but sadly, an inability to fly. Maybe flying would be easier if he stopped eating so much candy, or took longer walks to lose some of his girth. Speaking of, he was taking a walk the other day and bumped into a talking tree who threw an apple at him. Mmmm, apples are tasty... but we digress.
Oliver Platt has enjoyed success in film, television and on stage. A scene-stealer in such films as Frost/Nixon, X-Men: First Class, and Letters to Juliet, he never misses a moment to showcase his talent.
The Jester is the devious, diabolical, bratty little brother of the Wicked Witch of the West. After Dorothy defeated the Wicked Witch on her first visit to Oz, the Jester learned to harness his sister's evil power – and now that he's having his day in the sun, he wants to paint it black. He demands dedication from his flying monkeys, but he's loyal to no one but himself.
Martin Short, a celebrated comedian and actor, has won fans and accolades in television, film and theater since his breakout season on "Saturday Night Live" almost 30 years ago. His amazing vocals have been featured in animated films such as Frankenweenie, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, and The Spiderwick Chronicles.