America, meet your new Dorothy.
Reports indicate that 18-year-old New Jersey native Shanice Williams is playing Dorothy in the upcoming television production The Wiz Live! set to air on NBC in December.
Williams is a newcomer and has played in local productions of West Side Story, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Seussical and Pippin.
Producers did a nationwide search to look for the woman who would play the role, which has been played by Stephanie Mills on Broadway and Diana Ross in the film version.
Rounding out the cast for the television production includes Mills playing Aunt Em, Mary J. Blige playing Evillene, Queen Latifah as The Wiz and David Allen Greer playing the Cowardly Lion.
The Wiz Live! will air on NBC on Dec. 3