The Wiz Live! was a huge ratings coup for NBC, and a huge breakout moment for star Shanice Williams. Cast in the live TV musical alongside Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Common, Ne-Yo and many others, the previously unknown Williams scored rave reviews for her singing and acting, and undoubtedly left a lot of people calling her number the next day.
Above is a backstage clip of Williams arriving backstage after the three-hour musical wrapped on Thursday night (Dec. 3), shedding some tears and rightfully earning a standing ovation. A panoramic view shows that everyone in The Wiz crew is applauding the young star, who takes a moment to cry and reflect on the accomplishment.
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