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Singer With Guyanese Roots To Play Josephine Baker On Broadway

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Sept. 9, 2009: A singer whose parents were born in Guyana but migrated to Canada, has been chosen to play the lead role in a new Broadway-bound musical about Paris music hall star Josephine Baker.

Canadian R&B singer and actress Deborah Cox will Baker, in the show to be directed by Joey McKneely, choreographer of this year`s West Side Story Broadway production.

Reports indicate that the musical is based all about Baker, an exotic American expatriate and entertainer who became a star in France in the late 1930s.

Baker was a celebrated singer and dancer known to the French as La Baker, and as the Créole Goddess to anglophones. She was a world-renowned entertainer and one of the first African-American women to be featured in films, such as Siren of the Tropics (1927), Zouzou (1934), Princess Tam-Tam (1935) and Moulin Rouge (1941).

All other details about casting and the location where the musical will be staged have yet be announced.

Cox entered the mainstream music industry in the 1990`s and was performing as a backup singer for Céline Dion. She later went on to secure a solo hit with R&B and dance singles like Nobody`s Supposed to Be Here (1998), We Can`t Be Friends (1999), Absolutely Not (2001), Easy as Life (2004), Nobody Cares (2005) and Beautiful U R (2008).

Her last Broadway appearance in 2004 was as the Nubian princess Aida.