American R&B singer and Broadway actress Fantasia Barrino is reportedly set to reprise her role in
The Color Purple
in a production of the stage musical in Washington, D.C. Barrino is preparing to transform herself into the character of Celie once again when the hit show tours the U.S., with a three-month stint at The Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C. this summer.
“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,” the Daily Express quoted AOL''s Black Voices columnist Jawn Murray as having written.
“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’,” Murray said.
Barrino was forced to skip a number of performances due to a tumour on her vocal chords, which has now been fully removed. The Broadway play closed in February 2008.