Jordin Sparks headed to Broadway

2007 'Idol' winner to appear in 'In the Heights' beginning Aug. 19.

NEW YORK -- Jordin Sparks, the 21-year-old singer who came to national fame as the 2007 "American Idol" champion, will make her Broadway debut in "In the Heights," the show's producer's announced today. Sparks will play a 12-week run in the musical beginning Aug. 19.

"In the Heights," which took home both the Tony and Grammy Awards for best musical in 2008, is now in its third year on Broadway. In November, 2008, Universal Pictures acquired the rights to produce a feature film based on "In the Heights," with filming beginning this summer.

"It's always been one of my dreams to perform on Broadway," Sparks 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' last album, "Battlefield," was released in July, 2009 and entered the Billboard 200 at No. 11.
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