When Syesha made her elegant entrance, audience expectation had reached a new level, one which she met with ease.
Her beautiful voice and cheerful attitude were wonderfully rewarding as she performed songs from her meteoric career to date, including “One Rock and Roll Too Many,” an ode to wit and wisdom.
Cast: Danica, Jessica, Kierra Raquel, Payton, Star This time it's the teens turn to show what they've got!
Corrections Officer Maggie Green has a big problem on her hands..step-son, Jake. So Maggie makes an arrangement with the warden to bring Jake in with two of the black men who run the black gang in prison. She wants her step-son left alone until he's out on parole..she's willing to do whatever that takes!
Well, vocally, you stopped the show with your first number, "Waiting for Life." Take me through that moment. It brought me back to high school when I had no fear. SM: I auditioned for it in middle school, and I played the part of Ti Moune and was actually able to do a knee slide! Watch Mercado's middle school performance of "Waiting for Life" on her You Tube channel. The day that I was supposed to record my video, she passed away, and she's my idol. I can't do this video." Another week went by, and then I finally just called the director, [Thomas Kail], and I told him, "I'll be in Philadelphia. " He told me, "We don't have a Ti Moune yet," so I took a bus from Philly to New York, [and] I was almost late because I realized I didn't have a dress! " I went in there, and the very next day, when I was on my way back home, I got the phone call that I got the part.
Sometimes, with the bigger you get in your career [and] the more things you have under your belt, you can lose that sense of innocence and being green — doing something for the first time and just doing it for the love of it. I was in tears the entire day — listening to her music and mourning. I was like, "I need a dress to audition for Ti Moune!
Syesha Mercado, who placed third on the seventh season of TV's "American Idol," takes to the New Jersey stage, where she stars as fearless peasant Ti Moune in Paper Mill Playhouse's production of Once On This Island. [Laughs.] This has been the most life-changing experience for me. I feel like I'm surrounded by love…and that's what makes the process easier. In rehearsals, I would sit back and watch Kenita [R.
Castro's rendition of the song "Hallelujah," which he performed on American Idol, led to a surge of popularity for the Jeff Buckley cover of the Leonard Cohen song from the i Tunes Store, propelling it to the number-one spot on the i Tunes singles chart.Jason René Castro (born March 25, 1987) is an American acoustic/folk-pop/contemporary Christian singer and songwriter.He was the fourth place finalist on season seven of American Idol.Now, about a decade later — and two turns as the optimistic island girl — singing actress Mercado stars in a re-imagined production of Once On This Island under the direction of Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail (In the Heights). The writers and composers, [Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who attended opening night] — everyone is so supportive. Following the opening night performance in Millburn, NJ, we caught a few minutes with the show's leading lady, who talked about landing the role at Paper Mill, the late Whitney Houston and "Waiting For Life," her show-stopping musical moment in the show. Syesha Mercado: For the first time I was excited to open, and I wasn't nervous. On my last tour, [as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls], I fell backstage, and it kind of got worse over time.