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Wendy Williams Chats Up New Broadway Role!

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Talk show hostess Wendy Williams chats with the fabs over at Essence.com about her new Broadway role as Mama Morton in “Chicago.”

On being asked to take on the role …

“When you get asked to do something by Broadway you do not say ‘no’ because this is a dream that many people don’t even get the chance to realize. So I’m very excited to play that role for seven weeks, eight shows a week, six days a week. I can do it!”
On how she’s preparing …
“I start vocal lessons in two weeks and then we start rehearsals in three weeks. To prepare for the vocal lessons it’s not really about teaching me how to sing on key and things like that, I am the one who wanted to take vocal lessons. It’s something I wanted to do because I need to know how to change my voice. Even though my voice has been my money-maker my whole career from radio and now to TV, talking in regular tones for an hour on a talk show is easy. And talking in regular tones for four hours on the radio was easy. But I don’t want to test it by screaming on Broadway, where you have to talk a little bit louder. Then of course the singing number—I want to give it my all and that will mean perhaps blowing a vocal cord so I want to know how to pace myself to make sure that my voice is optimum.”

On how she’s going to balance everything …
The talk show goes until the last working day in July and Chicago ends on August 11, so they’ll be two weeks while I’m on Broadway where I won’t be doing the talk show. But the other five weeks I’ll be doing both. I will make it work. I’ve got cooperation with all the people around me, thank God—from my parents to my son, my husband and my staff. Every last intern, my producers, everybody understands that this is a great opportunity; I’m going to be doing it. But I’m also going to be counting on everybody to step up to the plate and do their part and I promise that I will step up to the plate and continue to do my part. I don’t want the production of my talk show or the production of Chicago to suffer because I’m choosing to have two jobs.”

Check out the entire interview here!

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