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Opening Night For Ashanti & "The Wiz"

Nelly came out to support his main chick Ashanti at her opening last night for Encores! Broadway musical "The Wiz".  Well aren't they cute...

The afterparty went down at K Lounge in NYC and we hear it was a very private and invitation only event for the cast and family--hosted my "Team Ashanti".  At least that's what the invitation said.  And Momanger Tina and sis Shi Shi were there of course.

Ashanti/Dorothy even brought her silver slippers.

Castmates Dawn Lewis and LaChanze were there at the opening event as well. Lots more pics when you read the rest....

Cute dress and green shoes.

LaChanze brought along her kiddies.

Castmate Tichina Arnold came through too.

Castmates Orlando Jones and Christian Dante White were there.

Gayle King was there.

And so was ToTo of course.  His real name is Nigel.  Cute. Over at the afterparty:

Ashanti partied it up in her slippers.

And got cutesy with her man.

Tina loves her some red doesn't she?

I must say this is an upgrade for lil sis Shi Shi.  Looked like fun times.
Photog: Pellegrini/WENN
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I am from Baltimore and I

I am from Baltimore and I made a special trip to Ny to see the Wiz the cast was amazing including Ms. Ashanti. She did her thing just like everyone else, the music, dancing and the whole entire show was wonderful. So if you haven't seen it, go see the show and judge for yourself. I did get to meet her and her mom they are both sweethearts. Ashanti is a beautiful young lady and for those of you who talks about her weight, you haven't seen her in person, the girl only weight about 130 if that much. So people stop commenting on things you don't know.
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OK I just want to say that I

OK I just want to say that I saw this play on Saturday and it was good. NOT GREAT!! Everyone did their thing except Ashanti. I think they need to get a different Dorothy because she has absolutely no stage presence.
Eve's picture

i have always loveD Nelly,5

i have always loveD Nelly,5 mins...with him aint enough more like a weekend...damn what i wouldnt do with him.nways they are a cute couple together....Ashanti is a beautiful gal with a heartwarming smile...Nelly is simply the MAN!!!MWAH!!
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Lilmama2312: That is TOO

Lilmama2312: That is TOO cute that “Toto” got his own -op…AND it looks like he’s posing! TOO DAMN CUTE! my thoughts exactly. I bet he did a pretty good job in the play too :)
nikaboo's picture

ashanti is ugly without all

ashanti is ugly without all that makeup
mya's picture

nelly looking tired for some

nelly looking tired for some reason - too many oceans parties? They still make a cute couple.
dee's picture

I visited NY to see the show

I visited NY to see the show and I was not impressed. Ashani singing was well...Ashanti's singing. (Nasaly)Christian, the scarecrow was by far the best. Don't blink or you will miss Tahchina. The dancing was amazing. Dawn was hilarious. And what got us was that Ashanti NEVER clicked her heels 3 times to get home. What the hell?!!!?
Toy's picture

Dawn Lewis is working that

Dawn Lewis is working that dress!!! You better do it "Jaleesa"...you still got it girl! LOL.
Mama always said...'s picture

I actually went to see it and

I actually went to see it and I was pleasantly surprised by Ashanti's performance. It was a great play and she held her own and a tune. I was very skeptical when I saw the rehearsal on line. She really did a great job. I think everyone should go out and see it. I'm glad to see her and Nelly together. I like that they stay under the radar and are private. It seems like a real relationship.
Mel's picture

Jones Orlando and Christian

Jones Orlando and Christian Dante White both look like scarecrows. I used to get moist for Nelly,something don't look right these days. Ashanti cannot replace Melba Moore, sorry.When bringing back a successful play, you should at least get someone better or equal to the original actor. I hope it makes it we can't keep any black plays on the Great White Way. Please,Please Gayle King get a make over. That wig, that color, that dress style. Use some of Oprah's people to help you out.
wak's picture

I like ashanti with nelly

I like ashanti with nelly they're a cute couple.
Melessa's picture

Nelly looks a little gay to

Nelly looks a little gay to me.
Kimmy 310's picture

everybody more or less was on

everybody more or less was on point. I like Dawn Lewis' dress but it doesn't really suit her - it would lokk better on another body type.
Fo' Sho's picture

ashanti's momma need to

ashanti's momma need to exfoliate.
charli skipper's picture

Good for you Ashanti.. to

Good for you Ashanti.. to hell with all the haters and naysayers. glad that you took control of your career from that fat f#$% Gottie. look forward to your next project. I'm in the dirty south, so I wish the Wiz was a traveling show.
fendi face's picture

Shani & Nelly looks good

Shani & Nelly looks good together.
Sharon Wallace-Gray's picture

Ashanti & Nelly make a really

Ashanti & Nelly make a really nice couple-I hope the show does well.
Sharon Wallace-Gray's picture

Ah Leighton...Damn

Ah Leighton...Damn Girl...well...she's gorgeous and likable...a sex tape will not hurt her career...
Amber Fan's picture

Im sorry but Ashanti's mom

Im sorry but Ashanti's mom looks a MESS...Nelly looks old and shanti looks BLAH but cute. From the looks of the vid rehearsals I wont be paying a DIME to see Shanti sing a damn thang...smh I still think Jazmine Sullivan should have played her part.
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Ashanti looks gorgeous...

Ashanti looks gorgeous... good to see her boo supporting her..
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Ashanti looks gorgeous...

Ashanti looks gorgeous... good to see her boo supporting her.
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DAMN TIG-O-BITTIE

DAMN TIG-O-BITTIE JULISSA...lol RED IS NOT PRETTY ON ANYBODY MOMMA LIPS...UNLESS YOUR MOMMA IS NAMED SOLANGE OR LALA OR MONICA maybe BRANDY....hahaha NELLY..OH SHUCKS HE HAD TO THROW ON SOME CHURCH CLOTHES....BUT KILL THE PENCIL STACHE BRO...YOUR LIPS AND THE SPACE BETWEEN THE LIPS AND NOSE NEEDS TO BE COVERED WITH SOME HAIR. ASHANTI LOOKED GREAT. AND YEH GAYLE, CAN YOU AT LEAST STEAL SOME OF OPRAH STUFF AND WRAP IT AROUND YOU TWICE TO LOOK DIFFERENT. STEAL SOME HAIR TOO.
damon's picture

ashanti and nelly look so

ashanti and nelly look so cute together i really wonder how they manage to keep themselves out of the spotlight ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^No one is checking for them...
ladytea...'s picture

Tina needs some lotion for

Tina needs some lotion for them ashy ankles.
Black Butterfly's picture

Vintage Ashanti.. pulled back

Vintage Ashanti.. pulled back ponytail~ check! big smile~ check.
ladytea...'s picture

Nelly doesn't look cute, but

Nelly doesn't look cute, but Ashanti does.
sitdown's picture

i have to say ashanti looks

i have to say ashanti looks beautiful i wish i could just be happy like that all the time the girl just looks happy all the time and i think her mama thinks she's ashanti's age..ashanti and nelly look so cute together i really wonder how they manage to keep themselves out of the spotlight.....
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It is never nice to talk

It is never nice to talk about somebody mama. But um......? WTH is going on with the ashy feet and three different reds? I know her daughter hasn't had a hit album in a while (ever) but money can't be that tight. lmao. As for the little sister she never looks like she has an ounce of class.
drkcoco's picture

for the most part, everyone

for the most part, everyone looks great WITH a few exceptions 1. please Nelly, shave off the thin lil third lip called a moustache..so horrible 2. Gayle..get an eye lift on THAT one eye (really both) & a new styled wig 3. Orlando looks waxy..just saying
thecelebrityrealtor's picture

See the show quickly...I hear

See the show quickly...I hear the tickets are not selling well so the show may not have it's full run. But I ain't one to gossip so you ain't heard it from me, lol!
SweetDivaT's picture

I don't usually post

I don't usually post but.....I need some more pics of Nelly ASAP!! That boy is fine as all get out!
MainChick's picture

That is TOO cute that "Toto"

That is TOO cute that "Toto" got his own photo-op...AND it looks like he's posing! TOO DAMN CUTE!
Lilmama2312's picture

Mz.Poppinz: Ashanti’s mom

Mz.Poppinz: Ashanti’s mom should have greased them feet and ankles.. ASHY like a mutha***.Dawn looks GREAT! LMFAOOOOOO.....MY THAUGHTS EXACTLY!!!!!!!ROTFL
MonaLuv's picture

Ashanti body is on point as

Ashanti body is on point as usual. Dawn looks awesome got to give it to her. Lachanze is beautiful and so are her kids!
Ms.LadyGodiva's picture

Dear Nelly, Why did you show

Dear Nelly, Why did you show up to your girlfriend's premiere dressed like you aren't a multi-millionaire? Let's be clear here, I'm not saying that you need to be decked out young man, but simply wearing some slacks that fit and that were preferably ironed would make a huge difference. And how bout we tuck in our shirt and throw on a blazer or something to top it off. Thank You, Aunt Stacy
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tiff: The play was really

tiff: The play was really good! saw it on Tuesday and was thoroughly impressed! The cast was very strong with the singing… even Ashanti sounded beautiful and she was so cute and bubbly! She looks like a little girl in person, she is truly adorable! anybody in NYC, needs to check it out! it was a great turnout also, every scene received a standing O from the audience! very happy for Ashanti! She looks gorgeous by the way! Yay... thats another good review! Im gonna go see it before it closes
Ok Kanye! (My man reminded me why I f*ckin love his ass last's picture

nelly's face looks off.

nelly's face looks off. ashanti looks cute. good look for her. AND I WANT THAT EFFIN DOG!!!!!!!
holla06's picture

Nelly looking a little tired.

Nelly looking a little tired.
iolastar's picture

The play was really good! saw

The play was really good! saw it on Tuesday and was thoroughly impressed! The cast was very strong with the singing... even Ashanti sounded beautiful and she was so cute and bubbly! She looks like a little girl in person, she is truly adorable! anybody in NYC, needs to check it out! it was a great turnout also, every scene received a standing O from the audience! very happy for Ashanti! She looks gorgeous by the way!
tiff's picture

oh big up LDN too lol

oh big up LDN too lol
DimplesDee's picture

SHANTS LOOKS BEAUTIFUL..

SHANTS LOOKS BEAUTIFUL..
DimplesDee's picture

Awwww ... Ashanti and Nelly

Awwww ... Ashanti and Nelly look so cute together... and Ashanti looks great. This Broadway thing is a smart move for her. Best of luck to her! Dawn and Tichina look pretty. I like that Tichina switches up the hair every now and then.
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Asia: yes its definitly

Asia: yes its definitly something to see for your self cause you will get all type of reviews…i hope you enjoy it as much as i did :)
Ok Kanye! (My man reminded me why I f*ckin love his ass last's picture

So in the book " The wizard

So in the book " The wizard of Oz" and in " the Wiz" Dorothy wears silver slippers... the yellow brick road and silver slippers shoes silver and gold. it was changed for the movie because red was thought to look better...... I know its a little thing but a big thing. in the Movie " the Wiz" she wears silver slippers too.
nolagirl's picture

Ok Kanye! (I support

Ok Kanye! (I support Wheelchair Jimmy but I do not get this Drake character): Well then I will take that review and see it! Especially since I already wanted to see it! Thanks again and I will be waiting for Christian lol yes its definitly something to see for your self cause you will get all type of reviews...i hope you enjoy it as much as i did
Asia's picture

Asia: hahaha…the singing

Asia: hahaha…the singing was good i can’t complain i know some people automatically say Ashanti can’t sing cause she doesn’t sound exactly like Bey or can hit a note like Keyshia but to me everyone’s singing was good. I liked Ashanti’s version of Home… she put a lil of her in it Well then I will take that review and see it! Especially since I already wanted to see it! Thanks again :) and I will be waiting for Christian lol
Ok Kanye! (I support Wheelchair Jimmy but I do not get this 's picture

I went to see The Wiz

I went to see The Wiz saturday and i must say her performance was not the greatest and the music overpowered her.
ms_envey's picture

Thank God her sister covered

Thank God her sister covered up those thighs this time!
Tiffany's picture

Everyone looks great! I'm

Everyone looks great! I'm glad she is being creative with her career instead of just waiting on her next CD to drop. Go get um Ashanti!
Shamrock's picture

Wow I just knew that was

Wow I just knew that was Orlando Jones' son. They look just like father and son.
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