Watch Newcomer Shanice Williams's Epic Audition for Dorothy in The Wiz

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24:  David Alan Grier attends the NBC's 2015 New York Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel New York on June 24, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Watch Newcomer Shanice Williams's Epic Audition for Dorothy in The Wiz

Plus, David Alan Grier cast as the Cowardly Lion.

Published August 5, 2015

The Wiz Live! has finally found its Dorothy! Newcomer Shanice Williams, 19, was chosen from thousands in an open call to land the role of the Kansas native who gets caught up in a wind storm and turns up in the magical land of Oz.

Williams will join Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige, who play the title role and the Wicked Witch of the West, respectively. David Alan Grier has also been cast as the Cowardly Lion in the NBC live musical, which will air on December 3. 

The multicultural "retelling" of The Wizard of Oz opened on Broadway in 1975 and won seven Tony Awards, including best musical. During its four year run, the musical was turned into a film in 1978, starring Diana Ross as Dorothy, Michael Jackson, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor.

Check out the video below of Shanice in all her vocal glory during the audition.

(Photo: Jeff Riedel/NBC)

Written by Evelyn Diaz

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