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Birth Place: High Point, North Carolina, USA

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In late 2006, as her multitudes of adoring and loyal fans across North America and around the world contemplated the arrival of her eagerly anticipated second album, simply and aptly titled FANTASIA, the time was right to consider the facts: Her name indeed, had truly become a household word.
Say the name �Fantasia' and virtually all previous connotations have now fallen by the wayside. It is dizzying to imagine the extent of her accomplishments over the past two and a half years�ever since her glorious win in May 2004 on the third season of FOX'S American Idol, her immediate signing to J Records by BMG U.S. Chairman & CEO Clive Davis, the release of "I believe" four weeks later in (the first time in Billboard Hot 100 chart history that an artist debuted at #1 with her debut single, which stayed on top for 11 weeks), and the arrival of her RIAA platinum debut album in November, Free Yourself.
Since then, 22-year old Fantasia has gathered award nominations from every corner of the entertainment industry, the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Vibe Awards, Soul Train Awards and Soul Train "Lady of Soul" Awards, Billboard Music Awards and R&B & Hip Hop Awards, BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Teen Choice Awards�more than 20 nominations in all. Among the honors she has taken home are Outstanding Female Artist at the NAACP Image Awards; and Top-Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year and Top-Selling Single of the Year for "I Believe" at the year-end Billboard Music Awards.
The down-to-earth star (and single mom) from High Point, North Carolina�who used a portion of her earnings to buy her mom a new home�officially entered the record books on July 10, 2004. That was when "I Believe" made its Billboard debut at #1, after setting a one-week 2004 Soundscan sales record in the process. The Free Yourself album ultimately spent 10 weeks in the Top 10 on the R&B Albums chart. The second single, "Turth Is" spent an astounding 13 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Urban Adult chart in the spring of 2005, and had the most one-week airplay totals ever on an adult record in Billboard and Monitor history.
In June 2005, a full year after her debut single, Fantasia-fever was hotter than ever as she became the first female artist to have three of the top five songs on the Adult R&B chart (which began in 1994). Later that month, she became the first artist in history to chart two of the top three songs on the Adult R&B list, with "Truth is" at #2 and "Free Yourself" at #3.
Fantasia's success culminated in a New York Times best-selling autobiography, Life is Not a Fairy Tale (Simon & Schuster, September 2005), a candidly revealing memoir that was adapted as a Lifetime original movie in August 2006. Directed by Debbie Allen, and starring Fantasia as herself, the inspirational biopic was seen by more than 19 million viewers, and ranked as the cable channel's second most watched movie in its 22-year history.
In many ways, the movie liberated the artist, a state of affairs that is celebrated on FANTASIA. "I've let go of things from the past and I'm having a good time," she reflects. "I was able to let go of the past with the Lifetime movie and now I'm on a whole different level. I worked with some really great people on this album like Missy Elliott, Dre & Vidal, Midi Mafia, and Swiss Beatz and I'm letting everyone know that I've moved on from where I was when I recorded my first album."
Fantasia credits being on the road with keeping her connected to her audience: "Sometimes, I pinch myself when I look out there and see all kinds of people, mothers, families, men, women, every race. It feels so good when they say, �Fantasia, you're my girl. I voted for you!' It can be overwhelming, but I'm so grateful to God for allowing me the opportunity to touch people with my music. It comes from a lot of prayer and having a supportive mom, supportive friends and family around me. I'm just so thankful."
High points have been too numerous to count�ranging from the tender (though funny) send-up on The Simpsons, to her three appearances on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She was the first former American Idol winner to reap four Grammy nominations in the same year, as she did in 2006, when she joined the all-star tribute to Sly Stone on the worldwide telecast. Of her many guest akbum appearances, the most fun was the fall 2006 movie soundtrack to the animated Happy Feet, on which Fantasia joined veterans Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams for a new trio version of Stevie Wonder's "I Wish."
Fantasia also cites her performance at the United Negro College Fund 2005 tribute to Stevie Wonder as a landmark, and singing for Elton John at The Kennedy Center. But topping them all was singing for Aretha Franklin at the 28th annual UNCF tribute in her honor in September 2006. "I mean singing �Rock Steady' and �Baby I Love You' right there in front of her�Meeting her afterwards, I was so nervous, all I could do was cry! I couldn't say a word to her, I just cried!"

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Fantasia Barrino STAGE CREDITS

Original Broadway Production, 2013

Performer [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 2005
Celie [Replacement]

Fantasia Barrino Movies

[2011]Soul Kittens Cabaret Angel Fantia

[2023]The Color Purple Celie

Fantasia Barrino Awards and Nominations

Theatre World Awards - 2007 - Performance

Fantasia Barrino, The Color Purple

Fantasia Barrino Videos

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Wake Up With BroadwayWorld September 18th, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is September 18th, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours: 

Video: Watch a New THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical Featurette With Oprah Winfrey, Danielle Brooks & More

The video featurette offers a brand-new look at scenes from the film, including a first look at Ciara as Nettie and John Baptiste as Grady. Led by Oprah, Winfrey the featurette also includes interviews with the film's stars, like Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, H.E.R., and more.

Photos: Get a New Look at THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical With Taraji P. Henson, Fantasia Barrino & More

New photos from the upcoming movie musical adaptation of The Color Purple has been released. The new photos feature stills from the film, as well as behind-the-scenes shots of Bazawule directing cast members like Taraji P. Henson and Fantasia Barrino. They also feature Danielle Brooks, Corey Hawkins, and more.

THE COLOR PURPLE Film To Keep December Release Date Amidst Hollywood Strikes

After some speculation that the musical big screen adaptation of The Color Purple would again move its opening day amidst the ongoing strikes in Hollywood, Variety is reporting that the film will stick with its planned opening of Christmas Day, December 25, 2023. 

THE COLOR PURPLE Film Release Date May Shift Amidst Strikes

Amidst the ongoing strikes, Warner Bros. may be shifting the release date for the upcoming movie musical adaptation of The Color Purple. This comes as the result of the strikes of SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America, who are fighting producers for new contracts.

Photos: Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks & More Bring THE COLOR PURPLE to the American Black Film Festival

Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Blitz Bazawule, and more brought The Color Purple to the 27th American Black Film Festival. Check out photos from the first look screening and Q&A at day four of the festival now!

Wake Up With BWW 5/23: THE COLOR PURPLE Trailer, PETER PAN GOES WRONG Extends, and More!

Top stories: watch the trailer for The Color Purple movie musical, Peter Pan Goes Wrong extends its Broadway run, and more!

Video: Watch THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical Trailer With Fantasia Barrino, Halle Bailey & More

The first teaser trailer for the new movie musical adaptation of The Color Purple has been released. Get a first look at Fantasia Barrino, Halle Bailey, Danielle Brooks, Taraji P. Henson, and more in the new video trailer now! The film is directed by Blitz Bazawule and produced Oprah Winfrey.

Photos: Inside THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical CinemaCon Presentation

Oprah Winfrey presented a first look at the upcoming movie musical adaptation of The Color Purple at CinemaCon yesterday. Winfrey was joined by director Blitz Bazawule and stars Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, and Fantasia Barrino. Check out photos from inside the presentation now!

Wake Up With BWW 4/26: SUMMER, 1976 Reviews, Drama League Nominations, Plus a Message From Ramin Karimloo

Top stories: Read the reviews for Summer, 1976, plus check out the full list of nominees for the Drama League Awards, and watch an exclusive video message from Ramin Karimloo for BWW's 20th anniversary!

Oprah Debuts First Footage of THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical at CinemaCon

Fantasia Barrino leads the cast of the film as Celie. Danielle Brooks will reprise her Tony-nominated performance as Sofia, which we played in the musical's 2016 revival. Taraji P. Henson is slated to play Shug Avery. The cast also includes Halle Bailey, Colman Domingo, H.E.R., Ciara, Jon Batiste, and more. Check out a photo of the first poster!

THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical Shifts Release Date to Christmas Day

As BroadwayWorld previously announced, a movie musical film adaptation of Alice Walker's The Color Purple will premiere later this year. The film, previously set to come to cinemas on December 20, has now shifted its opening day to Christmas Day, December 25.

Feature: INTO THE WOODS at Short North Stage

After reciting the 'The Witch's Entrance' for 19 shows in Short North Stage's production of INTO THE WOODS, Diana DeGarmo may never look at a salad the same way again.

VIDEO: Danielle Brooks Tried to Get Her Daughter In THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical

Danielle Brooks appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers last night to discuss starring in The Piano Lesson and filming the movie musical adaptation of The Color Purple. During the interview, Brooks revealed that she tried to get her daughter to film a scene in The Color Purple movie but it ended up being an 'epic fail.' Watch the video now!

VIDEO: Adam Lambert Performs with Jennifer Hudson on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW

Fellow “American Idol” alum Adam Lambert joins Jennifer, reminiscing about their “Idol” days and how their audition song selection turned into full circle moments later in their careers. The alums join their former “American Idol” pianist Michael Orland for a show stopping rendition of the operatic classic “Nessun dorma.” Watch a video now!

Review: THE COLOR PURPLE: THE MUSICAL is an Exquisite Masterpiece at Stageworks Theatre

From the moment the lights descended on the stage at 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Unit 151 otherwise known as Stageworks Theatre, the opening night audience sat with bated breath as we awaited the opening notes of The Color Purple: The Musical Adaptation with book by Marsha Norman and music/lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray.

Full Cast Announced for Steve Martin And Edie Brickell's BRIGHT STAR At Fort Salem Theater

Bluegrass and the Blue Ridge mountains soon take the Fort Salem Theater mainstage in Bright Star, the hit Grammy Award–and Tony Award–nominated Broadway musical written by comedian Steve Martin and celebrated songwriter Edie Brickell.

Fantasia Barrino To Take The Stage At Kings Theatre, November 11

Kings Theatre has announced that vocal powerhouse Fantasia will perform live, along with Tamar Braxton, in Brooklyn, NY presented by SJ Presents and Black Promoters Collective on November 11, 2022.

Fantasia With Special Guest Jazzmeia Horn Announced At NJPAC This Fall

New Jersey Performing Arts Center presents Grammy-winning R&B superstar Fantasia with special guest and winner of NJPAC's Sarah Vaughan International Competition Jazzmeia Horn to the big stage on Thursday, November 10 at 8 PM.


Fantasia Barrino has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

Fantasia Barrino has not appeared in the West End

Performance (Theatre World Awards) for The Color Purple .

Performance (Theatre World Awards) for The Color Purple.

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