The Wiz stars Ashanti and Nigel support doggie adoptions!

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“There’s No Place Like Home” for homeless shelter dogs, according to Nigel, the former street-dog-turned-stage-star, who is making his New York professional debut in The Wiz at City Center in June. The need for a home is what inspired Nigel, along with co-star Ashanti (who plays Dorothy) to host “There’s No Place Like Home” Adoption Day on Saturday, May 30th at at City Center (55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues). BroadwayWorld.com was there for all the ‘WIZ’ filled fun!

Nigel, in the tradition of the original Sandy, (who shot to stardom in the original production of Annie), had a hard-knock life before finding salvation and stardom in the theatrical world. He was born in Arkansas almost 20 months ago. Life was not easy for the 15-pound pup, who was abandoned on the street before finding haven with the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society. In a modern-day version of the famous legend of Lana Turner, who was discovered by a talent scout at a Schrafts Drugstore, Nigel was discovered on the Humane Society’s website by Bill Berloni, award-winning theatrical animal trainer and Director of Animal behavior for the Humane Society of New York, who was looking for just the right dog to play Toto.

Joining Nigel in the cast of The Wiz will be Ashanti as Dorothy, along with Orlando Jones (The Wiz), Joshua Henry, James Monroe Iglehart, ChristIan White, Tichina Arnold, Dawnn Lewis and LaChanze, as well as Raymond Lamar Bennett, Tanya Birl, Darlesia Cearcy, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Angela Grovey, Ebony Haswell, Lauren Lim Jackson, Carl Lation, Maurice Lauchner, Jennifer Locke, Amy McClendon, Kenna Michelle Morris, John Eric Parker, Herman Payne, Ryan Rankine, Levensky Smith, Ephraim Sykes, Adrienne Warren, Daniel J. Watts, Juson Williams and Will Wingfield.

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