Find Out Who Will Be Playing Dorothy In “The Wiz Live!”

August 5, 2015  |  


We’ve been waiting for a while to discover who NBC would cast in the leading role of their production of “The Wiz Live!” The network announced that they were looking for a new fresh face and this morning on the “Today” show, they revealed it.

Shanice Williams, an 18-year-old New Jersey native, was selected from hundreds of applicants who auditioned across the U.S. for the iconic role.

Williams brings five years of musical training, including dance and piano to the role. Before she was offered this game-changing opportunity, Williams starred in several, local productions including West Side Story, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, 42nd Street, Seussical and Pippin. 

Williams will star alongside the original Dorothy on Broadway, Stephanie Mills, who will play Auntie Em in this tv production. As we reported earlier Queen Latifah will play “The Wiz” and Mary J. Blige will play Evilene, the Wicked Witch of the West.

And NBC also announced that David Alan Grier will take on the role of the Cowardly Lion.

Kenny Leon, the man behind The Mountaintop, Stick Fly, A Raisin in the Sun and Lifetime’s remake of Steel Magnolias, will serve as the director.

The live production is set to air on December 3, on NBC.

You can check out Shanice’s skills in the video below.

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