Ashanti is Dorothy in Broadway's The Wiz.
By Matthew Blank 21 May 2009 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.
The summer production will mark the stage debut for Ashanti, who has appeared on screen in "American Dreams" as Dionne Warwick, as well as in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Coach Carter," "Resident Evil Extinction," "John Tucker Must Die" and "Bride & Prejudice."
She will be joined onstage by Orlando Jones as The Wiz, Tony winner LaChanze as Glinda, Tichina Arnold as Evillene, Dawnn Lewis as Addaperle, Joshua Henry as the Tinman, James Monroe Iglehart as the Lion and Christian White as the Scarecrow. SOURCE
I must admit I was on the "Ashanti can't really sing" train given her pop past but I was pleasantly surprised at her performance. That's the way to shut haters down (myself included) just do it.