Syesha Mercado talks 'Dreamgirls,' 'American Idol' and coming back to Florida
Next week, Mercado returns to Tampa for a different kind of center role -- that of Deena Jones in the musical Dreamgirls, which is staged at the Straz Center Nov. 12-21. That's the same role played by Beyonce in the movie, but it suits Mercado just fine.
"In a way, Deena is me," says Mercado. "It's funny how art imitates life. We are one. ... I've learned from playing the role every night to be fearless. And in life, I'm learning what it means to be fearless. Sometimes the role hits so close to home. Am I playing the character or am I playing myself?"
Photo: Gen Yamaguchi, tbt* (2008)