Magazine article Variety

The Tears Came out of Nowhere

Magazine article Variety

The Tears Came out of Nowhere

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FACETIME

Shanice Williams is starring in her very own fairy tale. In August, the 18-yearold New Jersey native was plucked from hundreds of hopefuls to play the lead role of Dorothy in 'The Wiz Live." She'll be living in Oz through the night of Dec. 3, when the holiday musical production airs live on NBC. CYNTHIA LITTLETON

What's it been like for you to be thrust into the spotlight?

It's been amazing. I was eating cereal on my couch when I saw the first commercial for 'The Wiz' on TV. I dropped the spoon and the tears came out of nowhere.

Besides rehearsing, how have you been preparing for this performance? It's quite an undertaking.

I've been trying to mentally connect with the character. Who is Dorothy, and why does she feel the way she does? …

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