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The Wiz Live! held open auditions for the role of Dorothy, and one lucky New Jersey native beat out hundreds. Eighteen-year-old Shanice Williams landed the lead role of Dorothy, and the newcomer only has a few roles under her belt.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Williams has five years of musical training, including extensive dance and piano, and has co-starred in several local productions, including West Side Story; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; 42nd Street; Seussical; and Pippin.

Williams joins Mary J. Blige, who will play the Wicked Witch of the West, and David Alan Grier, who has been cast as the Cowardly Lion. Stephanie Mills will take on the role of Auntie Em, and Queen Latifah will be the Wiz.



Article Courtesy of The Root

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