Fantasia adds performances to 'Color Purple' run at Pantages
Having recovered from a recent vocal cord illness, Fantasia is set to resume the role of Celie in "The Color Purple" starting Tuesday evening at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, organizers of the show said.
In addition, the actress has added appearances to her run in order to make up for her missed performances over the weekend. Fantasia will now perform during the Sunday matinee shows on Feb. 21 and 28, which had originally been her time off.
In a statement, Fantasia said that she was "overjoyed to get the OK from my doctor and new vocal coach to come back and perform.”
The star thanked her "fans, supporters and friends for their thoughts and prayers during this very challenging time."
Fantasia had to cancel weekend appearances in "The Color Purple" due to an inflammation of the vocal cords. Organizers of the show said that both her physician, Dr. John Sugerman, and vocal coach, Ron Anderson, have given the green light for her to resume the performance schedule and to add the two performances.
-- David Ng
Photo: Fantasia at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times