The Peacock has found its Dorothy.
Eighteen-year-old newcomer Shanice Williams will play the part opposite Queen Latifah’s Wiz on NBC’s upcoming The Wiz Live!, which is scheduled for Dec. 3. Stephanie Mills, the original Dorothy on Broadway’s 1970s staging of The Wiz, will play Auntie Em, btw.
Meanwhile, Emmy winner Uzo Aduba (Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black) has boarded the project as well, as Glinda, the Good Witch of the South (a role for which the powers that be reportedly wanted Beyoncé som’in’ fierce).
Ditto Amber Riley (TV’s Glee), who will portray Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North.
Lest you think the production is gonna be a girls club, David Alan Grier, will take on the part of the Cowardly Lion.