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Fantasia missing performances in 'The Color Purple' in Hollywood

February 13, 2010 |  4:53 pm

Fantasia "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino will not perform in this weekend's performances of "The Color Purple" at the Pantages Theatre.

The show's promoters announced that the actress missed Friday's performance due an inflammation of her vocal cords, and on Saturday her doctor "advised that for the fastest and most complete recovery she must sit out the remainder of the weekend."

The actress, who is known by her first name, is scheduled to resume her usual performance week starting Tuesday night. An understudy will fill in the role of Celie in the meantime. (In the regular schedule, Fantasia does not perform the Sunday matinees.) 

The announcement said that ticket-holders wishing to exchange tickets for another performance must visit the box office or return to or call wherever they bought the tickets.

This touring production of "The Color Purple" is scheduled to run at the Pantages through Feb. 28.

In Friday's Los Angeles Times review, Daryl Miller praised the singer, saying this "is a performance to be witnessed now."

-- Sherry Stern

Related story:

Fantasia on the eye-opening experience of starring in 'The Color Purple'

Fantasia vs. 'Fantasia,' on Hollywood Boulevard

Photo: Associated Press

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