|That's how much dough has poured into the box office of the hit Oprah Winfrey-produced musical since Feb. 22, when it was announced that the "American Idol" winner would join the show on April 10 in the starring role of Celie.
Fantasia is set to play the part for six months.
"I know the movie," she says. "I own the movie. But I never thought I'd be Celie. The show brought me to tears. It's such a blessing."
Fantasia arrived this week from Chicago, where she has been working with an acting and vocal coach and the musical's director, Gary Griffin."It's been a crazy schedule," she admits.
The hectic schedule may have caught up with her and her good health. Yesterday she was on vocal rest and bravely fighting a case of strep throat.(SOURCE)