Fantasia Barrino Brings the Bling to Broadway

March 30th, 2007 // 7 Comments

Jennifer Hudson isn’t the only former “American Idol” contestant causing some commotion. News that Fantasia was joining the Broadway cast of “The Color Purple” has given the box office quite a bump, and she hasn’t even stepped on stage yet.

The whopping $6 million box-office bump didn’t come as a shock to producer Scott Sanders, who suggested the third-season “Idol” champ to Winfrey. The media queen loved the idea. “I wasn’t sure how immediate the response would be,” says Sanders. “But I was expecting that Fantasia was going to kick things up.”

“I think there is a groundswell of support from fans who know Fantasia’s personal history,” adds Sanders.

Like Celie, the character created by Alice Walker in her best-selling book, Fantasia has grappled with sexual abuse, illiteracy and being a single mom. She has a 5-year-old daughter.

Personally, I think that the Broadway stage is a perfect place for Fantasia. She’s a great performer.

(WENN)

By Jessica Marx
  1. evil twin

    She grates on my nerves. I am not a fan of her Betty Boop voice. Couldn’t we get J-Hud for this part?

  2. lookwhaticando

    Good for her, she deserves it.

  3. mkithrt

    i definitely think she’s more suited for broadway. her crazy personality (and hair) just dont scream mainstream to me.

  4. sandie

    She’s such an ugly woman!!!!!!!!!
    I guess anybody can “make it” in showbizzzzzzzzz

  5. Melinda

    Why don’t you post your ugly MUG? Just because she doens’t run around with weaves and full makeup all the time and shows her natural face doesn’t mean she’s ugly. She’s a beautiful person with a kind heart and a very strong person who doesn’t give a rats bootay what the haters have to say. People have been calling her “ugly” since 2004 and guess what? She’s still here bigger then ever.

  6. me

    A rat’s bootay! I love it! Yeah, she def needs to stay on Broadway! No more of this ghetto style crapola that’s mainstream. GAAAAG. Let the girl do her own thing.

  7. Ms Bobbie A Brown

    I am very PROUD od you keep up the goog work and let NO ONE STEAL YOUR JOY, I VOTED FOR YOU TILL THE END ON AMERICAN IDOL

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