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In an open letter to Holliday's "beloved LGBT community" that she provided to the Wrap, the Dreamgirls singer explained that she agreed to the performance because of her reputation as a "bi-partisan songbird.""I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country," Holliday wrote.
"Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence."Pence, as governor of Indiana, signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which targeted the rights of LGBTQ people.
She had a recurring roll on the hit show Ally Mc Beal.
She has been married twice, and her second marriage was to Rev. She sang a duet with Jennifer Hudson at the BET Awards in 2007.
Holliday also performed in the touring company of Sing, Mahalia, Sing in 1985.
Producers clearly are hoping that recruiting a beloved Broadway star will help offset a recent decline at the box office and extend the revival's life.In light of the information pointed out to me via the Daily Beast article on yesterday, my only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES!I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgment, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans. The LGBT Community was mostly responsible for birthing my career and I am deeply indebted to you…Holliday originated the role of Effie and remained with the show for nearly four years after its December 20, 1981 opening.Her performance in the role was widely acclaimed, particularly in her iconic performance of the musical number that ends Act I, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." Among the acclaim was Holliday's sweep of awards in 1982, including the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, a Grammy Award for her recorded version of the song, and Drama Desk and Theater World awards for her acting performance.