Newcomer actress Shanice Williams has officially been casted to play Dorothy in NBC’s The Wiz Live!, NBC just officially announced live on TV. The NBC live production is set to air on television this year on December 3rd. The actor and actresses set to appear on The Wiz was continuously being announced within the past few days, and includes big names such as Queen Latifah(as The Wiz), Mary J. Blige(as Evillene), David Alan Grier (as The Cowardly Lion), Stephanie Mills (as Aunt Em). Beyonce has been rumored to be in negotiations to also join the cast of The Wiz. The ueen Bey is supposedly set to play the role of Glinda the Good Witch. The remaining important cast members which includes; Tin Man and Scarecrow among others will also be announced in the coming days.
The Wiz Live! is based on the 1975 Broadway musical and which was also based on The Wizard of Oz. The 1975 original Broadway musical version of The Wiz, starred Stephanie Mills as Dorothy. In 1978, Diana Ross also played Dorothy in the movie version of The Wiz. Then in 2009, Ashanti als played Dorothy in The Wiz for NY City Center‘s fall stage production version.
NBC’s The Wiz Live! follows the success of other previous successful live television adaptations of famous musicals that include The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live! Carrie Underwood starred as Maria in 2013 television version of The Sound of Music Live! and Allison Williams(daughter of Brian Williams) starred as Peter Pan in the 2014 television live version of Peter Pan Live!