Fantasia Returning To “The Color Purple”

Fantasia Jawn Murray of AOL’s Black Voices is reporting that Fantasia will return to her role as Celie in The Color Purple during its three-month run at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC beginning June 30. A rep for the production would not confirm the casting news, Murray reported, but he said he has confirmed that the “American Idol” winner will return for the musical’s Washington stint, as well as its forthcoming stays in Chicago and Atlanta. Murray wrote: “Though news of Fantasia’s return is apparently being kept under wraps – well, until now — I’m told the producers of the show are eager to see the High Point, North Carolina native return to the production.

My source told me that the negative attention Fantasia received by the ‘New York Post’ in December of 2007 for missing 50 shows was unwarranted because the 24-year-old star single-handedly ‘made a truck load of money for that show.’
(Incidentally, one-named actress LaChanze, who originated the character and won a Tony Award for playing Celie, missed more than 40 days during her year-long stint with the show.)

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14 Comments

  1. GOOD FOR FANNIE. BUT WHEN IS THE NEXT ALBUM?

    I GUESS YOU GOT TO GET THAT MONEY SOME HOW. GOOD LUCK FANNIE I KNOW YOU WILL BE GOOD GIRL.

  2. That’s great to here. I live in DC and I will be there to support her. I was watching her videos on youtube last night.

  3. Good for her! I am going to make it my business to see her this time!

  4. Fannie looks nice in that picture lol. I’m glad she is back in business. I saw her performace she did for the Patti tribute. That girl had me crying when she was singing “Lady Marmalade”

  5. Good for her fantasia acting skills are on point,I’ ve seen her three times

  6. Great going for Tasia. She is a great vocalist and I love to see her when I can on televsion or her videos. I am glad she understands that she needs to keep working and making her contribution to the music world.

  7. Good for her! I loved The Color Purple Musical! That is one talented Sista!

  8. Good for Fantasia. Bad for me. Just saw the show in Denver last month. Phenominal! Much better than the movie. LaTanya (?) Holmes played Celie that day. Great show!

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