Bits and Pieces

Fantasia Debuts in the Color Purple

Over $6 million in advanced tickets have been sold  to the Color Purple since it was announced that Fantasia would be taking over the part of Celie.   She opened in the role this past Tuesday, April 10.   She rehearsed the role, despite coming down with  strep throat.     View the photos of her  opening night, where the typically emotional Fantasia cried through her curtain call.

Kelly Clarkson featured in Earth Day Line up

Kelly Clarkson joins  Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews Band, KT Tunstall and many others for the US leg of the 24 hour 7 continent Live Earth concert taking place  in Giants stadium in Rutherford, NJ on July 7.    Tickets go on sale Monday,  April 15 at the Live Nation  website.

Listen to a preview of Jennifer Hudson’s duet with Ne-Yo

It’s called “Leaving Tonight” and you can listen to it here.   The tune will appear on on Ne-Yo’s sophomore album “Because of You.”   The album drops May 1.

What You Didn’t See

The LATimes and Entertaiment Weekly both have bloggers who post recaps based on attending the live Idol shows.   The LA Times Show Tracker blog is especially illuminating, and this week featured interviews with both American Idol music director Ricky Minor  (he’s hella busy and super organized)  and Gina Glocksen.   People magazine posts What You Didn’t See  and ET’s Popwatch blog usually has some interesting backstage tidbits  (Simon told Jennifer Lopez that hers  was one of the best performances ever on American Idol, and she was thrilled).

Et tu Brute?

Even the esteemed online magazine has succumbed to Sanjaya mania. Sigh.

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