Sunday, November 14, 2010

Star of 'Dreamgirls' Syesha Mercado on making her Tampa acting debut and an appearance in Bradenton

She grew up in Bradenton.

Graduated from Booker High School in Sarasota.

And shot to fame by finishing third on the seventh season of "American Idol."

This week, Syesha Mercado will make her homecoming acting debut as lead Deena Jones in "Dreamgirls," which begins a 6-day run Tuesday (Nov. 16) at the Straz Center for Performing Arts in Tampa.

She will also make an appearance at the Boys & Girls Club, 1415 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Monday.

Mercado recently talked to me about the show's highly successful run that started a year ago in New York, the thrill of performing in front of family and friends as well as her upcoming album and debut single "Hostage."

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