Grammy-winning R&B singer Ashanti will make her stage debut as Dorothy in Encores! Stars production of the Charlie Smalls-William F. Brown musical The Wiz at New York City Center. The summer production, adds to Ashantiâs growing acting career, seeing that she has appeared on screen in “American Dreams” as Dionne Warwick, as well as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Coach Carter,” “Resident Evil Extinction,” “John Tucker Must Die” and “Bride & Prejudice.” The âThe Way That I Love Youâ singer got her first taste of a theatrical experience when she led a performance of Stephen Schwartz’s “Defying Gravity” from Wicked as part of the The Yellow Brick Road Not Taken concert on Broadway last fall. She also appeared as Dorothy in ABC’s “The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz,” a television special in 2005. The production officially opens June 18. For tickets, phone (212) 581-1212, or visit CityCenter. City Center is located at West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.
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