After several casting announcements, NBC announced on this morning’s Today show that 18-year-old Shanice Williams has landed the role of Dorothy in its upcoming live production of The Wiz Live!.
Williams won the part after an exhaustive nationwide open casting call. Her previous experience is limited to several years of local theater productions.
Her casting announcement helps round out the high profile cast which includes Queen Latifah (The Wiz), Mary J. Blige (Evillene, the Wicked Witch), and David Alan Grier (Cowardly Lion). The telecast will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron with Kenny Leon and Matthew Diamond directing the stage and telecast versions, respectively.
The Wiz Live! will air on NBC December 3.