Jordin Sparks is about to become the latest “American Idol” alum to head to the Great White Way. The 2007 “Idol” winner will make her Broadway debut on August 19, when she joins the cast of the Tony- and Grammy-winning musical “In the Heights” in the lead role of Nina Rosario.
Sparks is slated to play a 12-week limited engagement with the show through November 14. “It’s always been one of my dreams to perform on Broadway,” the singer said in a statement. “This is a brand new experience for me. I look so forward to spending time in New York City and joining this talented cast and my favorite new musical.”
Sparks, 20, will be taking on the role of Rosario, the proud daughter of a Dominican family living in Harlem’s Washington Heights who gains neighborhood admiration when she becomes the first in her family to attend college.
The score features hip-hop, salsa, merengue and soul music. The musical’s 2008 Broadway production was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards and won the Tony Award for Best Musical at the 62nd Tony Awards.