by Ashleigh Schmitz
The cast of "Glee" are no strangers to the theater, and this November, Amber Riley (who plays Mercedes) will join the ranks of Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Darren Criss when she adds her pipes to the production of "Cotton Club Parade."
With a voice like hers, it was just a matter of time before Amber got to showcase her talent in a Big Apple production. The "Glee" star tweeted her excitement yesterday, writing, "I am so excited to be a part of "Cotton Club Parade"! I have been wanting to burst out and tell everyone lol I'm glad it's finally out!"
Amber's role in the revue-style show, which celebrates Duke Ellington's time at the Harlem nightclub of the same name, will mark her New York stage debut with a seven-performance run as part of New York City's annual Encore! Series from November 14-18. The show's structure mimics that of the club it's based on with singers, dancers and variety acts, including songs by jazz composers Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields (“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”), Harold Arlen (“Stormy Weather”), and, of course, Ellington (“Rockin’ in Rhythm”).
Catch Amber and the entire cast of "Glee" when the show returns Thursday, September 13.
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