R&B star Ashanti is set to fill the shoe once held by Diana Ross and Stephanie Mill. She will ease on down the road to her first theater role this summer in a New York-staged revival of “The Wiz.” Ashanti will take on the role of Dorothy in the African American version of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz.” The play begins in June as part of the “Encores! Summer Stars” series at New York City Center. Tony-nominated In the Heights director Thomas Kail and his Tony-winning collaborators, Andy Blankenbuehler (choreographer) and Alex Lacamoire (musical director), will stage the Encores! Summer Stars production of The Wiz June 12-July 5. The production officially opens June 18.
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