Thursday, June 25, 2009
Ashanti should ask the Wiz for some stage presence
The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood calling the show, “busily energetic yet full of dead ends." He described Ashanti as “a pretty place-holder, an empty vessel in a sparkly dress”.
Linda Winer of Newsday thought both Ashanti's singing and acting stunk. “Ashanti proves not be a natural theater actor, and, even more surprising, her silvery voice sounds thin and bland against the pros.”
The Associate Press’ Peter Santilli was a lone voice of praise for the singer. He called the musical a “lavish, well-balanced production...[Ashanti has]...wide-eyed charm and a can’t-miss voice, Ashanti makes the role her own while distinguishing herself among a skilled troupe of singers and dancers.”