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PHOTOSHOOT FAB: Ashanti & The Cast Of "The Wiz"

Ashanti, Tichina Arnold, Dawn Lewis, Orlando Jones, and the rest of "The Wiz" Encores! Broadway cast had a fab promo photoshoot recently:

"The Wiz" is one of my fave movies of all time so I'm pretty damn excited. I hope they make Ms. Ross and Michael and 'em proud... Photog: Robert J. Saferstein
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Awe that dog is adorable.

Awe that dog is adorable.
TonTeezy's picture

How we gonna go from

How we gonna go from Stephanie Mills to Ashanti? A DARNED SHAME!
AnonymousNYC's picture

This might really be good!

This might really be good! Best luck and wishes!
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summer p: I love the Wiz! I

summer p: I love the Wiz! I was just thinking that someone needed to do a remake and this is who I would cast:Dorthy - Kelly RowlandGlenda - Philisha RashadLion - Anthony AndersonTin Man - Chris TuckerScarecrow - Chris BrownWicked Witch - OprahThe counting witch - Anika Noni RoseThe Wiz - Eddie Murphy/Chris RockJust a quick thought! i like ur opinion on a.anderson, c.brown, chris tucker, & eddie murphey but they are in it to get paid, the last two!
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I love the Wiz! I was just

I love the Wiz! I was just thinking that someone needed to do a remake and this is who I would cast: Dorthy - Kelly Rowland Glenda - Philisha Rashad Lion - Anthony Anderson Tin Man - Chris Tucker Scarecrow - Chris Brown Wicked Witch - Oprah The counting witch - Anika Noni Rose The Wiz - Eddie Murphy/Chris Rock Just a quick thought!
summer p's picture

miso/Bitch Goddess=

miso/Bitch Goddess= throwing slippers at spams the revolution will be bloggerize: cause that a good cast and Tic A can sing her ass off Ash better bring it WHAT!!!!!!! Miss Tichina can BLOW!!!!!! if they don't know... then they will... I like me some Shani... but Tichina can stand next to the broadway stars and hold her own....Shani better watch out... still wanna see it though.
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Omg! I found them on that

Omg! I found them on that website for so much cheaper. Thanks Girl!!
Jess's picture

Okay so Toy (name just like

Okay so Toy (name just like my BFF) I need to find out where you seen those prices. I went on a few different websites and got the same amount I posted above. Obvisiously I'm not computer savvy. :) I'm going to check again. Thanks!
Jess's picture

I just have one quesion? Why

I just have one quesion? Why the hell is Orlando's Clothes so tight???????
HOney b's picture

I saw the ORIGINAL Broadway

I saw the ORIGINAL Broadway production starring Stephanie Mills as Dorothy and it was THE BOMB!!! It was sickening that the movie version role of Dorothy was given to a no-talent bitch like Diane Ross, but the movie rights were bought up by Motown and Ross was sucking/fucking the Boss --- so that part I understand. The movie couldn't hold a candle to the Broadway stage production, either! Even with all the money they spent on it. However, Ashanti as Dorothy ain't gonna git it done I don't think and like crazy-ass Eryka Badu once said, "If you're going to cover a classic, you damn well better have your shit together"!!!!
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Jess: Okay so I was really

Jess: Okay so I was really excited to see “The Wiz” (even with Ashanti playing Dorothy) until I caught wind of the price for tickest. $233, $221, and $190. What???? And it’s not even on Broadway. Hello recession people. Oh yeah the nose bleed section tickets are $86. To all who can afford please enjoy but I need to stack my chips just in case a sista don’t have a job come tomorrow. The recession is real.Oh yeah I think Tichina should play Dorothy. Her voice is twenty times better than Ashanti’s. I’m just saying. I hope the play is a success in all. Not sure where you saw those ticket prices. But the most expensive ticket is $110. It's at the New York City Center. Me and a friend just got ours Sunday. We are going to see the show in two weeks.
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Jess: Okay so I was really

Jess: Okay so I was really excited to see “The Wiz” (even with Ashanti playing Dorothy) until I caught wind of the price for tickest. $233, $221, and $190. What???? And it’s not even on Broadway. Hello recession people. Oh yeah the nose bleed section tickets are $86. To all who can afford please enjoy but I need to stack my chips just in case a sista don’t have a job come tomorrow. The recession is real.Oh yeah I think Tichina should play Dorothy. Her voice is twenty times better than Ashanti’s. I’m just saying. I hope the play is a success in all. Check NY City Center for tickets..tickets range in price from $25 - $110...it's very affordable... http://www.citycenter.org/tickets/productionNew.aspx?performanceNumber=4343
rnblover's picture

the lightskinned girl must

the lightskinned girl must always stand out/ be the center of attention. that is why ashanti is in the yellow dress and everyone else is in jeans. i wouldn't be surprised if they did cast tichina arnold as the wicked witch. i'm tired of always seeing her cast in less than desirable roles (i.e., on Martin, she never had a man and was always being called a "dog" or some other sort of wild beast). on the upside though, anything to keep ashanti out of the studio is a plus in my book.
2strandtwizt's picture

The lightskinned girl must

The lightskinned girl must always stand out/be the center of attention. And they probably did cast Tichina Arnold as the wicked witch. i'm tired of her always being cast in undesirable roles (i.e., she was always the undesirable one on "Martin"). i guess there is an upside to this whole Wiz thing - i'm all for anything to keep Ashanti out of the studio.
2strandtwizt's picture

Is this offff Broadway? When

Is this offff Broadway? When you bring back the original play, you have to make it better or as good as the original. Ashanti cannot replace Ms Mills. Tichina is the best singer in the play.
wak's picture

Ashanti is cool she should

Ashanti is cool she should calbo with Ginuwine!
mel's picture

Okay so I was really excited

Okay so I was really excited to see "The Wiz" (even with Ashanti playing Dorothy) until I caught wind of the price for tickest. $233, $221, and $190. What???? And it's not even on Broadway. Hello recession people. Oh yeah the nose bleed section tickets are $86. To all who can afford please enjoy but I need to stack my chips just in case a sista don't have a job come tomorrow. The recession is real. Oh yeah I think Tichina should play Dorothy. Her voice is twenty times better than Ashanti's. I'm just saying. I hope the play is a success in all.
Jess's picture

The Wiz belongs to Ms

The Wiz belongs to Ms Stephanie Mills point blank. No disrespect to Ms Ross and Michael Jackson movie version which was cute, colorful and entertaining but Ms Mills is the owner of The Wiz !!!!
mskaine's picture

ashanti is so pretty

ashanti is so pretty
Lady D's picture

I was thinking you can tell

I was thinking you can tell who the headliner is in the play, shes the one that looks like a star, Tichina didn't even bother to put on make-up.
LadyA's picture

Michael and miss

Michael and miss ross...please! What about Stephanie Mills the one and only Dorothy. I'm sorry but I don't think Ashanti can come close to the powerful performance of Ms. Mills. I am excited about the rest of the cast tho'
mommyc's picture

I will go to see this when

I will go to see this when they come to Chicago-looks like a great show!
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beautifuldaidreamer: I

beautifuldaidreamer: I didn’t know Tichina Arnold was in this production. I <3 The Wiz so I would love to see that show, but I just can’t with Ashanti. I just envision her fuckin it up You are so right! I love the Wiz too but I don't think I can stomach Ashanti's terrible singing and probably bad acting.
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Ashanti = Dorothy Christian

Ashanti = Dorothy Christian White (tall skinny guy) = ScareCrow Orlando Jones = The Wiz Tichina Arnold = Evilene Dawn Lewis = Addaperle LaChanze = Glinda & Auntie Em James Iglehart (chubby dude) = Lion Joshua Henry = Tinman This is going to be a good play..they have a full orchestra and about 21 people in the actual play.
rnblover's picture

And Ashanti's Dorothy?

And Ashanti's Dorothy?
Brazilian Barbie's picture

Interesting cast. I am

Interesting cast. I am excited to see this. Ashanti should have dressed down a bit, makes everyone else seem awkward at ill at ease, in my opinion.
Shelby's picture

Is it just me, but did

Is it just me, but did Ashanti miss her wardrobing appointment for this photo shoot. I know she's the star (Dorothy) but did she really need to wear that yellow dress while almost everyone has on jeans. She already looks out of place. I hope she's not as awkward on stage because I'm actually rooting for her. Go Ashanti (just try to blend in with your cast mates a little more) because there's no I in TEAM!
ChiTownP's picture

All the ladies look good

All the ladies look good exspecaillu Julissa " Gilbert hall is the place for .. ABC 123 Gilbert Gilbert Gilbert" the dudes all look suspect And Top 20 !
kooper's picture

All the ladies look good

All the ladies look good exspecially Jalisha from differnt dworld "GILBERT GILBERT .. ABC 123 Gilbert Hall is the place for me" TOP 20 post YEAH!!!!!!!
kooper's picture

I saw when Ashanti did the

I saw when Ashanti did the Muppets version of The Wizard of Oz, and it was okay.
Valski's picture

i bet Tichina is the wicked

i bet Tichina is the wicked witch. big dude is prob the lion no clue who the rest of the cast would be besides Ashanti, hope she does well.
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beautifuldaidreamer: I

beautifuldaidreamer: I didn’t know Tichina Arnold was in this production. I <3 The Wiz so I would love to see that show, but I just can’t with Ashanti. I just her fuckin it up cause that a good cast and Tic A can sing her ass off Ash better bring it
miso/Bitch Goddess= throwing slippers at spams the revolutio's picture

beautifuldaidreamer: I

beautifuldaidreamer: I didn’t know Tichina Arnold was in this production. I <3 The Wiz so I would love to see that show, but I just can’t with Ashanti. I just envision her fuckin it up Ok.. I was wondering who would agree with me..
confused's picture

I LOVE PLAYS...HAVE SEEN

I LOVE PLAYS...HAVE SEEN MANY.........BUT FOR SOME REASON, I HAVE NO INTEREST IN SEEING THIS ONE.
NOT INTERESTED's picture

I didn't know Tichina Arnold

I didn't know Tichina Arnold was in this production. I <3 The Wiz so I would love to see that show, but I just can't with Ashanti. I just envision her fuckin it up :(
beautifuldaidreamer's picture

NAhhh.... That dude in the

NAhhh.... That dude in the blue shirt gotta be the scarecrow...He looks like one
504GODIVADIVA's picture

This will be great!

This will be great!
Black Betty Boop's picture

This is a nice cast. I think

This is a nice cast. I think it will be a very good show.
Rock Star's picture

I will be there to support

I will be there to support Black theater! Show some love, help combat all the hatred.
Mom's picture

The dog is cute

The dog is cute
muah's picture

I'd like to know whose who

I'd like to know whose who (characters)... I see you Julissa....
Miss Behavin's picture

I like this sallywalks:

I like this sallywalks: I’m thinking Orlando Jones must be the “scarecrow”…. i found a great web----S e e k b i Co m----,where you can meet sexy lovers
kate's picture

This looks like it should be

This looks like it should be a good production. I'm interested in seeing it.
Nikki's picture

I'm thinking Orlando Jones

I'm thinking Orlando Jones must be the "scarecrow"....
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