American Idol’s Syesha Mercado Heads to Broadway

Congrats to American Idol season 7 alum, Syesha Mercado! The third place finisher has been playing Nabulungi in the Chicago company of Book of Mormon. Now, she’ll be taking over the role on Broadway, beginning in January.

American Idol finalist Syesha Mercado is taking over the role of Nabulungi in the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon, replacing cast member Asmeret Ghebremichael, who will depart the show in January 2014. As previously reported, Nic Rouleau and Ben Platt, who have been playing Elders Price and Cunningham, respectively, in the second national tour of The Book of Mormon since December 2012, will also join the Great White Way company in January.

Mercado announced the news on November 27 via her Twitter account. “It’s official! I’m excited to announce that I will make my Broadway debut with the @BookofMormon company this January. Thank you all for your support. #DreamsDoComeTrue,” she posted. Mercado has been performing in the Chicago transfer production of The Book of Mormon since 2012. Her other stage credits include Dreamgirls and Once on This Island.


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  • Jepoy Ramos

    well deserved. She is extremely talented!

  • Max

    Good for her. There are so many super talented former idol contestants that didn’t win but deserve the spotlight. Jhud wouldn’t be where she is today had it not been for Dreamgirls. All it would take is for some other unknown Idol to get cast in a big blockbuster. See it could be good to be told by Simon that you have a broadway voice

  • Montavilla

    Yes! Syesha was one of my favorites, and I knew she belonged on Broadway. You go, Wonder Woman!

  • pmreyn2010

    I say good for her as well. I enjoyed her on the show– when she sang “One Rock & Roll Too Many” I thought she was great (as did the judges)… but I remember in interviews she kept on saying “I can do so much more than Broadway!” Sometimes though it’s good to own what’s right up your alley– She does have a terrific voice, and I’m excited to see she’s going to Broadway!

  • Larc

    Good for Syesha! I think performing on Broadway is an enviable goal no matter what Simon Cowell’s disgusting views of it are.

  • Miz

    It always irritated me beyond belief when Simon would diss someone for sounding like they could be on Broadway. That is something to aspire to … not crappy bubblegum pop.

  • Miz

    Very happy for Syesha. I loved her on Idol and have been quietly following her via twitter and the rare mentions she gets in the press. Very talented young woman.

  • Amy Beth

    Thank you. The use of “Broadway” as an epithet was one of Simon’s most annoying foolishness.

  • mini_d

    She was on the tour as well – we just saw her in Denver. She was great!

  • b_james

    Love her!

  • Dianne

    I saw Syesha in the Chicago production of Book of Mormon, she is so cute and talented. Happy for her! Broadway! I am going to NYC soon and would go see her again but the tickets in NY are twice as much, and I think I will be there before she arrives anyway. However, I will see Fantasia in After Midnight so yay for me! :):):).

  • usedtobelucy

    Yay, Syesha!

  • Reginald

    My girl! So proud and excited for her! My favorite voice to come from idol. Haven’t seen her in this production but hear nothing but rave reviews. She’s ridiculously talented!

  • standtotheright

    Fantastic for her. She clearly earned it.

  • teekee

    Congrats to Syesha! Another one who’s continued to work. I love it.

  • Not fit to print

    Hurray for Syesha! Simon’s views of Broadway always annoyed me. In the context of a competition looking for a POP star, perhaps Broadway was second prize but, in the eyes of most musical performers, appearing on Broadway is a great achievement and a dream come true.

  • Not fit to print

    Lucky you! I would love to see both of these girls. Thinking of planning a trip…

  • Dianne

    Here is the lineup, Fantasia’s guest stint ends Feb 9, she is followed by KD Lang (odd choice?), after that Toni Braxton and Babyface.

  • overthetop1

    When she got the part in the travellng company of DreamGirls, it just seemed a matter if time b/f she got to to Broadway. That’s great. She’s really talented.