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We have some exciting news for those of you eager to see the upcoming musical The Wiz. NBC has announced the leading lady as newcomer Shanice Williams to star as Dorothy. And comedian David Alan Grier will be joining the cast as the Cowardly Lion. Deets inside…

Get excited! We now know who will be starring as Dorothy in the upcoming NBC musical The Wiz Live! Meet 18-year-old budding YBF actress Shanice Williams (above).

We love a fresh face around these parts, so we’re super excited to see a brand new face will be starring as the leading lady for the upcoming reboot of the musical.

This morning, Shanice appeared on “The Today Show” for the big reveal. She says she’s totally ready to star as Dorothy. She’s following in the footsteps of iconic singer Diana Ross, who starred in the 1978 feature film, and legendary songstress Stephanie Mills, who starred in the coveted role in 1975 Broadway production. Stephanie is set to return to OZ this year as Auntie Em.

The YBF chick will also be joining Mary J. Blige as the Wicked Witch of the West and Queen Latifah as the almighty Wiz. There are rumors floating around that Beyonce and “Orange is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba (who’s a classically trained singer) could be in talks to star as Glinda The Good Witch, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

Peep Shanice’s introduction below:

Also joining the cast….

Three-time Tony Award nominee and veteran comedian David Alan Grier will be starring as the Cowardly Lion for the NBC musical. Ha! We’re sure he will be bringing the laughs.

The Wiz Live! is set to premiere Thursday, December 3rd on NBC. We’ll be watching!

Photos: NBC/Getty/TODAY’s Twitter/NBC’s Twitter

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