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Straight from the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, the smash hit musical DREAMGIRLS made its Miami premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center last week! Miami native, Florida International University graduate, and “American Idol” favorite Syesha Mercado returned to her hometown in a starring role. Syesha lights up the stage as “Deena,” the role inspired by Diana Ross, later portrayed by Beyónce, and now the perfect vehicle for this stellar Floridian musical performer!
We asked Syesha to riff on “Idol” vs. Broadway, coming home to Miami, and stepping on stage in this famous role. Here are a few thoughts from our hometown star!
POV: What is it like to go from competing on “American Idol” to touring with this production of Dreamgirls?
Syesha: It’s been a wonderful transition. I’ve taken all of my experiences from ”Idol” to this show. Broadway requires a lot of discipline and “Idol” sure did teach me what that means!
POV: How does it feel to come back to Miami to perform for your hometown audience?
Syesha: It’s always good to be back home. This will be the first time fans get to see me in a theatrical production. I’m thrilled!
POV: What has been the hardest part of playing Deena? The most exciting?
Syesha: The hardest part is all the costume changes… ha! The most exciting part is the opportunity to use the stage as a way to inspire and motivate others to “Follow their Dreams.”
DREAMGIRLS runs at the Adrienne Arsht Center from October 18-24, 2010. For more information on DREAMGIRLS and to purchase tickets, click here: www.arshtcenter.org
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