3 Reasons We’re Looking Forward to Fantasia’s Possible Return to Broadway
Fantasia Barrino has remained a powerhouse in the R&B genre ever since her television debut on American Idol in 2004. Since then, the North Carolina native has released four studio albums, including her most recent, Side Effects of You.
The “Lose to Win” singer has been on a lucky streak as her appearance in the Broadway play “The Color Purple,” which earned 11 Tony Awards nominations, was her breakout performance and introduction to the live acting segment of entertainment. Now, Fantasia is rumored to return to Broadway in a play adaptation of “Cotton Club Parade” titled “After Midnight.” Check out this list of three reasons we’re looking forward to her possible return to the Great White Way.
1. Her stellar performance in “The Color Purple” was magnificent
Her transformation into the character of Celie brought the iconic woman from the silver screen to real-time on the stage, depicting her ability to effectively act in front of a live audience.
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2. Fantasia’s voice conveys any emotion that comes with singing/acting simultaneously
Barrino’s undeniable and one-of-a-kind sound can work in certain settings, and theatre is one of them. Her performance of “I’m Here” during “The Color Purple” sent chills up the audience’s spines with its emotion-driven structure and etched her delivery as one of the most memorable on Broadway.
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3. The setting of “After Midnight” is ideal for Fantasia
Taking place in the 1920s-‘30s, the era of Duke Ellington and other Jazz and Blues musicians will be displayed and highlighted, taking the Harlem nightclub from uptown to midtown Manhattan. With Fantasia’s naturally soulful and boisterous voice and theatre familiarity, her role in this play will be another one to be remembered.
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