A New Jersey teenager has some big ruby slippers to fill, thanks to NBC. The network announced today that it has given 18-year-old Shanice Williams the role of Dorothy in NBC’s upcoming holiday musical “The Wiz Live!”
The live broadcast is set for Thursday, Dec. 3.
“Williams was selected out of hundreds of applicants nationwide who had auditioned to portray the iconic role of a Kansas farm girl who gets swept up in a tornado and is sent to the mysterious land of Oz,” NBC announced. “With five years of musical training that also includes extensive dance and piano, Williams has co-starred in several local productions, including ‘West Side Story,’ ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,’ ’42nd Street,’ ‘Seussical’ and ‘Pippin.'”
NBC has also announced that David Alan Grier would play the Cowardly Lion in the production.