Ashanti will take her singing skills to New York's biggest stage in the Broadway play 'The Whiz.' The 28-year-old will star as Dorothy, in the adapted version of L. Baum's 'The Wizard of Oz.'

This isn't the first time Ashanti followed the yellow brick road. She first played the role on the small screen in 'The Muppets Wizard of Oz' in 2005. This time around the Grammy winner will be sans her puppet costars as she brings to life the role first played by singer Stephanie Mills in 1975. The play went on to win a Tony Award before being adapted into a film starring Diana Ross as Dorothy and Michael Jackson as the scarecrow.

Actors Who Rock

    KIRSTEN DUNST, known for dating musicians, is now making some music of her own. The actress is writing a musical she's been working on for a few years.

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    JESSICA BIEL recorded vocals for the soundtrack of her movie 'Easy Virtue'.

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    KEVIN COSTNER has a six-piece rock group called the Kevin Costner Band.

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    Actress KIM KARDASHIAN told E! in Sept. 2008 that she'd "be down" to make an album "if it was something fun. I love music, so it would just have to be the right thing."

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    'House' actor HUGH LAURIE also plays piano and calls himself a "frustrated musician." He has also composed and recorded numerous original songs.

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    The actor collaborated with Jim Brickman on the soundtrack of 'Cinderella' and released his debut album, 'A Long Time Coming,' in Sept. 2008.

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    SCARLETT JOHANSSON's album of Tom Waits was released in May of 2008. She debuted her pipes on stage with Jesus and Mary Chain at Coachella 2007.

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    Actor JOAQUIN PHOENIX, who portrayed Johnny Cash in 'Walk the Line,' is recording an album with Charlatans singer Tim Burgess. (Photo by E. Charbonneau, WireImage)

    MICHAEL CERA -- Impressed with his vocals and guitar skills in 'Juno'? Makes sense as he's had practice in his band, The Long Goodbye.(Photo ny Doane Gregory, Fox Searchlight)

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Ashanti has been building up her acting resume appearing in the films 'Resident Evil: Extinction,' 'John Tucker Must Die' and 'Coach Carter.' The New York native shot to fame with her 2001 hit single 'Foolish.' She went on to become the first female artists to hold the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 charts simultaneously. Last year she released her fourth album 'The Dedication' less than stellar sales, pushing 86,000 copies in its first week.

The show will open on June 12 at New York's City Center and will run through July 5.