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Who Is Shanice Williams? Meet The Wiz Live's Dorothy!

Who Is Shanice Williams? Meet The Wiz Live's Dorothy!

NBC’s The Wiz Live is set to air tonight (December 3) and Shanice Williams, the young woman playing the lead role of Dorothy, is someone you’ll want to get to know!

The 19-year-old newbie’s first professional audition was for the big TV special — and of course, she nailed it!

When asked about the big number “Home” in the musical, Shanice told NBC that she could really connect to playing Dorothy and singing that specific song because of her upbringing.

“I’m from New Jersey. But I went to school in Los Angeles and all across the country. So, I can totally connect with missing Home. So, I put in my head ‘Remember when you were in Los Angeles and missing family and missing this and that?’ It’s super easy to connect with Dorothy…Dorothy and I are the same person. We really are,” Shanice said. Shanice is trained in musical theater and performed in The Wiz in middle, as well as the leading role of Polly in Rahway High School’s Crazy For You!

Be sure to follow Shanice on Twitter!


Who Is Shanice Williams? Meet The Wiz Live’s Dorothy!

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    a professional imposter?

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    wow great choice!