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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