The resurrection of The Wiz is definitely becoming one of the most anticipated events of the year. Besides one of cinema’s most beloved works returning to entertain a new generation of audiences, the project already boast some serious star power. Earlier this week it was announced that Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Amber Riley, and Stephanie Mills would be joining the cast as The Wiz, Evillene (The Wicked Witch of The West), Glinda, and Aunt Em. Still no role has been as coveted or questioned as that of Dorothy. Well after much speculation and a whole show centered on auditions we finally found her–Shanice Williams!
Shanice was chosen out of hundreds of hopefuls for this part of a lifetime. It is her turn to wear the sparkly, silver slippers and make her way home, while dealing with the antics of Evillene and her Flying Monkeys. Shanice is no stranger to musical theater, boasting five years of experience in shows like West Side Story, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, 42nd Street, Seussical, and Pippin. Many fans were hoping the role of Dorothy would go to a celebrity as well, namely Janelle Monae. However, Shanice’s time is now and we should embrace that.
The Wiz will debut live on December 3rd on NBC! You had better be watching! Congrats Shanice!