Looks like the folks over at NBC are trying to do right by The Wiz. After tapping Stephanie Mills, Queen Latifah, and Mary J. Blige to star in the live production, the network has finally found its lead.

Shanice Williams, just 18, beat out hundreds of eager young women to land the coveted role of Dorothy. Despite studying musical theater for years, the New Jersey native never thought she’d actually get the part.


“When I went to the audition, it was more of a learning experience for me so I never imagined this would happen in a million years,” Williams said on the Today Show. “I was just going to learn what an audition process is in New York City.”

Williams did more than just learn, she wowed The Wiz’s casting directors to score the role of a lifetime, and she hopes others do the same.

“Go out and chase your dreams no matter how crazy it looks. Just do what makes you happy and try. Just go out and audition.”

Tuesday, NBC announced comedic vet David Alan Grier will join the cast as the Cowardly Lion, giving fans of the classic musical even more reason to tune in on December 3.

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