There’s no place like home. Everyone’s still talking about The Wiz Live!, but did you know that none other than Beyonce once filled Dorothy’s red shoes? Old archival footage has been found of a little Beyonce singing “Hello” from The Wiz.
In the grainy footage, the seven-year-old comes out in a blue dress with pigtails. Even back then she had the signature stage presence, powerful voice, and sassy moves that we’ve come to expect from the superstar.
Interestingly, Beyonce the adult was asked to play the part of Dorothy in The Wiz Live!
Bey’s name was rumored to be at the top of the cast list which featured Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah and Uzo Aduba. Ultimately, 19-year-old Shanice Williams beat out hundreds of hopefuls to get the role of Dorothy.