Thursday, April 30, 2009


Somehow R&B singer (and I use that term loosely)-songwriter Ashanti will topline the Encores! Summer Stars staging of "The Wiz," beginning perfs in June according to Variety.

Ashanti will play Dorothy in the limited-run revival of the 1975 classic, a redux of "The Wizard of Oz."

No other casting has been announced for the production, helmed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, who collaborated previously on "In the Heights."

"Wiz" is the third outing for Summer Stars, the more fully produced offshoot of the Encores! series of semi-staged concert performances. "Wiz" runs June 12-July 5.