Broadway isn’t just for stage actors. Singer Kandi Burruss announced she’ll be part of the cast of “Chicago,” and she joins a slew of other vocalists who have been apart of the 21-year-old show. But that’s not the only musical that has attracted superstars. Listen below to see your favorite celebrities in action.
Xscape member and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta Star” Kandi Burruss is no stranger to the stage. She put on her own play, “A Mother’s Love,” in 2014. If her emotional performance back then is any indication, she’ll be a hit while playing Matron “Mama” Morton for her debut Broadway stint from Jan. 15 – March 11, 2018.
Vocal powerhouse and “The Voice” coach Jennifer Hudson played Shug Avery during the Broadway revival of “The Color Purple” beginning in 2015. She departed the production in May 2016, but it was actually her third stage performance. JHud appeared in “Hair” and “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
Like JHud, fellow “American Idol” alum Fantasia has also appeared in “The Color Purple.” The singer played Celie in the Broadway production of the acclaimed novel and hit film beginning in 2007 and ended after the 2008 New Year.
Singer Brandy recently completed a second stint as part of the Broadway cast of “Chicago.” Resuming the role of Roxy Hart, Bran returned for 17 shows in August after completing a four-month run on the musical in 2015.
Singer Usher also appeared in “Chicago” beginning in 2006. Usher played Billy Flynn in his Bway debut but the run ended after two months when strep throat sidelined the star. He hasn’t stepped back into musical theater since then, but he’s acted as Sugar Ray Leonard in the biopic, “Hands of Stone.”