Look at God! Shanice Williams to Play Dorothy in “The Wiz”

THE WIZ LIVE! -- Pictured: Shanice Williams as Dorothy -- (Photo by: Jeff Riedel/NBC)

THE WIZ LIVE! — Pictured: Shanice Williams as Dorothy — (Photo by: Jeff Riedel/NBC)

It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for! We now know who will be playing “Dorothy” in the upcoming made for TV musical “The Wiz.” Ever heard of Shanice Williams? Probably not. And I for one am GLAD! It’s high time some NEW Black actors get a chance to show the people what they’re working with. I’m tired of seeing the same old faces!

This morning on the Today Show, we got our first look at Miss Williams. To my delight, the 18-year-old actress was just as bubbly and beautiful as I’d hoped for. A New Jersey native, Williams has five years of musical theatre experience, so she’s good to go! I’m super excited for her!

“The Wiz” airs on NBC on Dec 3rd…everybody get your popcorn ready.

Oh, and P.S. David Alan Grier will be playing the Cowardly Lion. This should be good. To get a glimpse of this cutie on the Today Show this morning, click here.



Photo Credit: (l-r) Kevin Mazur/WireImage, Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images

According to Essence, Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes) and Glee actress Amber Riley are now officially a part of the cast of NBC’s upcoming remake of The Wiz.

FYI: Aduba is a classically trained singer and Broadway actress. I think it’s fitting that she’ll  be playing Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. Riley will be taking on the role of Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North. Now THIS is exciting!


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