Thursday, August 27, 2009


Jennifer Hudson won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Effie White in the film version of 'Dreamgirls.' Now another "American Idol" star has been cast in the touring company of the musical!

Syesha Mercado, the second runner-up on the seventh season, will take on the role of Deena Jones -- played by Beyoncé in the movie -- when the production begins performances at the Apollo Theater in New York City on Nov. 7, with an opening scheduled for Nov. 22. The world-renown theater is celebrating its 75th anniversary season in 2009-2010.

"When we started planning this new production, I knew it was time to finally bring Dreamgirls to the Apollo. Throughout its history, the Apollo has been known as a proving ground where new talent has been discovered and nurtured and careers have been launched," said producer John Breglio. "And that's what Dreamgirls is all about. The very first scene in Dreamgirls takes place right here at the Apollo's famous Amateur Night. What better place to launch a new production of this groundbreaking show?"

The limited run will play the Harlem venue through Dec. 6 and then begin touring the country.

The cast also includes Moya Angela as Effie White, Adrienne Warren takes on the role of Lorrell Robinson and Margaret Hoffman will play Michelle Morris.

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