Shanice Williams on Her Road to Dorothy and ‘The Wiz Live!’

December 4, 2015 8:00 PM

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Shanice Williams on Her Road to Dorothy and ‘The Wiz Live!’

Shanice Williams had big sparkly slippers to fill when she stepped into the role of Dorothy for NBC’s broadcast of “The Wiz Live!” on Thursday night. By most accounts, she more than pulled it off, earning accolades from many critics, fans and celebrities following along on Twitter. They were all the more impressed because she’s making her professional debut at only 19, and she had to hold her own with a cast that included Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, and Ne-Yo. (“Your world is about to ‘change its face’ but I know where you’re going…as far and as high as you want,” Audra McDonald tweeted to her.)

Ms. Williams got the part in an open casting call. For the last month, she has been living in a hotel on Long Island, near the studio where the production rehearsed and shot, and commuting on weekends back to her mother’s house in Rahway, N.J., where she grew up. On Friday morning, still at the hote...

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