The Wiz

Ashanti Gets Her Brand New Day in "The Wiz"

New York audiences will find out this week when the R&B singer, who had a No. 1 hit in 2002 with the song "Foolish," skips down the yellow brick road as Dorothy in the Encores! Summer Series production of "The Wiz." Ashanti is making her stage debut with co-stars Orlando Jones (making his New York stage debut) as The Wiz, and LaChanze (a Tony winner for "The Color Purple") as Glinda.

Ashanti singing "Home" from 'The Wiz' (video)

At a press conference for her upcoming summer run of "The Wiz" in New York City, Ashanti performed the musical's signature song "Home." She did a good job of the song, considering she's not the best singer. The borderline shouty tone to her voice may actually help her to be heard on stage.

Photo Call: The Wiz's Ashanti Meets the Press

Ashanti, the Grammy-winning R&B artist who will star as Dorothy in the Encores! Summer Stars production of The Wiz, greeted the press May 19 at City Center.