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Jordin Sparks to make her Broadway debut with ‘In the Heights’
May 10, 2010, 3:48 pm
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Jordin Sparks, the youngest contestant to win “American Idol,” is ready for another challenge. She will make her Broadway debut this summer in the Tony-winning musical “In the Heights.”

Sparks will play Nina Rosario, a college student with a secret who returns to her old neighborhood in New York’s Washington Heights. She will perform for 12 weeks, from Aug. 19 through Nov. 14.

Since winning the 2007 “American Idol” title when she was 17,  Sparks has pursued a recording career, starting with a debut album that produced a series of Top 5 hits on Billboard’s pop singles chart.

She has won an American Music Award for favorite adult contemporary artist and received a Grammy nomination for best pop collaboration with vocals for “No Air.”

“In the Heights,” which won four 2008 Tonys including one for best musical, was conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the music and lyrics, and has a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. A touring production of the show is set to play the Pantages Theater in Hollywood in June and the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa in August.

Jordin Sparks tour reschedules ‘Battlefield’ concerts from spring to summer
April 27, 2010, 1:49 am
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Originally frontloaded to the spring, Jordin Sparks‘ tour calendar recently underwent a major overhaul.

More than a dozen concerts from her Battlefield Tour itinerary have been rescheduled for summer or cancelled outright, and several others are still awaiting a final decision.

The tour will not officially launch until June 1, though some spring performances remain on the books. At the moment, the summer trek’s first confirmed event is a rescheduled June 3 show at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.

An April 23 show at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH, which would have launched the tour, is now cancelled. According to that venue promoter’s official Web site, refunds will be available from the original point of purchase through May 1. Also axed from the calendar is a May 6 performance at Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY.

According to Sparks’ official Web site, the changes are the result of “an effort to bring [the tour] to more cities throughout the country.” More tour dates are expected in the near future, with the summer 2010 routing eventually hitting about 35 national markets.

Jordin Sparks Visits Busch Gardens Over The Weekend
March 19, 2010, 4:21 am
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This past weekend Jordin Sparks was spotted hanging out with her cousins at the Busch Gardens theme park in Florida.

Jordin was seen feeding the giraffes at the park – as pictured above.

The American Idol star also have news break today that she and her boyfriend decided to call it quits after being together since early last year.

Jordin Sparks Battlefield Tour Dates
March 15, 2010, 4:24 pm
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‘No Air’ singer, Jordin Sparks will be heading on her own headlining tour this summer promoting her latest album. Tickets go on sale march 28th at 10 am. 

24-Apr Tropicana Casino* (18+) Atlantic City, NJ
25-Apr Starland Balroom Sayreville, NJ
27-Apr Nokia (16+) New York, NY
28-Apr Orpheum Boston, MA
30-Apr HB Casino (18+) Hampton, NH
2-May Hersheypark Amphitheatre^ Hershey, PA
4-May Capitol Bank Theater Westbury, NY
5-May Turning Stone Verona, NY
6-May The Armory Rochester, NY
9-May First Ave Minneapolis, MN
11-May Palace Theater Pittsburgh, PA
13-May House Of Blues Chicago, IL
14-May Diamon Jo Casino (21+) Dubuque, IA
15-May Pageant St. Louis, MO
17-May House Of Blues Houston, TX
18-May House Of Blues Dallas, TX
20-May Marquee Phoenix, AZ
21-May House Of Blues San Diego, CA
22-May Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA
23-May The Grove of Anaheim Anaheim, CA
26-June Dixie Landin’^ Baton Rouge, LA

Jordin Sparks Recovering In LA Hospital
November 20, 2009, 11:28 am
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Jordin Sparks is recovering in Los Angeles hospital after emergency surgery to have her appendix removed.

The 19-year-old singer had been scheduled to perform Down Under Australian Idol champ Guy Sebastian this Sunday, but has scrapped the show after being admitted to the hospital with acute appendicitis Wednesday night.

On Thursday, Jordin hit Twitter from the recovery room to assure fans that she’ll be as good as new in “the next week or so.”

“Smiling, resting & takin it easy! Thank you so much for your thoughts & prayers. It means so much & it’s so powerful,” she later added.

Jordin Sparks Joining Britney Spears’ Circus Tour!
September 19, 2009, 3:00 pm
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Jordin Online posted some great news about Jordin Sparks joining the legendary Britney Spears on the last leg of her Circus Tour. First Jonas Brothers and now Miss Spears, all in the same season, Jordin is working her way up! 

Britney Spears may be the ringmaster, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for another vocal powerhouse under the big top.

Brit’s official blog announced today that Jordin Sparks is joining the second leg of the Circus tour, signing on just in time to hit all of the U.S. hot spots including New York, Los Angeles and two nights in Las Vegas.

Following in the footsteps of former Circus openers Ciara and the Pussycat Dolls, the 19-year-old American Idol champ could not be more thrilled about the pair-up, exclaiming: “Britney’s show is incredible and for me to be a part of it is a great opportunity.”

Sparks released her hit sophomore album, Battlefield, in late July and just wrapped up the North American leg of the Jonas Brothers world tour.

August 24 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
August 25 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
August 26 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
August 29 Boston, MA TD Garden
September 1 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
September 2 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
September 4 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
September 5 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
September 8 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
September 9 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
September 11 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
September 12 Grand Forks, ND Alerus Center
September 15 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
September 16 Houston, TX Toyota Center
September 18 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
September 21 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
September 23 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
September 24 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
September 26 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
September 27 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center

Diva’s Do It Better!
September 18, 2009, 3:58 pm
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Stars including Miley Cyrus and Jordin Sparks shared their thoughts on what is means to be a diva at this year’s VH1 Divas event in New York on Thursday. (Sept. 18)