*Uh oh. In an announcement that’s sure to get some of her haters saying “here we go again,” Fantasia has announced that due to a medical condition she has to cancel her performances in this weekend’s Los Angeles run of “The Color Purple.”
Fantasia received a lot of flack from critics and the public when she missed shows a couple of years ago when she also starred in the show on Broadway and on the road.
In a recent interview with EUR, the singer explained that she missed those shows for medical reasons as well, but back then her management didn’t bother to explain to the media and the public what the circumstances were. (Ironically that medical problem was also her vocal chords.) It appears that she and her camp are not going to make that same mistake again.
Here’s the official statement:
The Color Purple regrets to announce that Fantasia will miss the remainder of this weekend’s performances of The Color Purple at the Pantages Theatre.
Fantasia did not perform in the Friday evening show due an inflammation of her vocal cords, and this morning, her doctor advised that for the fastest and most complete recovery she must sit out the remainder of the weekend.
She is scheduled to resume her usual performance week starting Tuesday, February 16th at 8:00 PM. Performances of The Color Purple will continue through the weekend as scheduled with an understudy in the role of ‘Celie’. Ticketholders wishing to exchange tickets for another performance must visit the box office or point of sale:
Season Tickets: 1-866-755-2929
Group Sales: 1-866-755-3075
THE COLOR PURPLE continues through Sunday, February 28 at The Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. Tickets for THE COLOR PURPLE are available for purchase online at www.BroadwayLA.org or by phone at 1-800-982-ARTS (2787). Tickets may also be purchased in person at The Pantages Box Office (opens daily at 10am) and all Ticketmaster ticket outlets.
Meanwhile Fantasia is getting rave reviews for her portrayal of Celie in the production. Here’s what the LA Times reviewer Darryl H. Miller wrote:
“Performer and character disappear into each other, emerging as something achingly real yet bigger, more wondrous than life. Her rise through the third season of ‘Idol’ might have signaled that she is a singer of rare talent, but it is as Celie, a woman slowly awakening to her inner magnificence, that she explodes like a supernova.
This is not to say that Fantasia, who is widely known by just her first name, makes a showy star turn. Quite the opposite: She extends her gift humbly, like an offering placed lovingly into the devotional basket at a Sunday service.”
Read more of Miller’s review, HERE.