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Syesha Mercado talks 'Dreamgirls,' 'American Idol' and coming back to Florida




That's Syesha Mercado, above, in 2008, performing at the St. Pete Times Forum, flanked by the two Davids who beat her on American Idol -- Cook and Archuleta.

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?"

Click here for tickets to Dreamgirls. And click here for more of Sean Daly's interview with Syesha Mercado.

Photo: Gen Yamaguchi, tbt* (2008)

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 9:55am]


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