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NJ Teen Will Play Title Role In Beloved Musical

Shanice Williams, the Jersey girl plucked from obscurity to play the lead role in NBC’s remake of The Wiz, still can’t believe her luck. The 19-year-old classically trained singer and thespian stars in the live production alongside Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Stephanie Mills and David Alan Grier. It airs Dec. 3.

BOSSIP spoke with the rising star about her breakout role, leaving theater school to audition and the advice Stephanie Mills gave her to play Dorothy.

Q: What went through your mind when you found out you’d be playing Dorothy?

A: “I was really shocked. Then just a feeling of thankfulness came over me. Just standing in that line, there were hundreds of girls. And for him to say I got the part, it felt amazing.”


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