Amber Riley, the California-born singer and SAG Award-winning actress, won over audiences across the nation with her starring role as the bombastic, confident crooner diva Mercedes Jones in Glee. But as Jones grew up and flew the nest of the fictional McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio, Riley is doing the same, and tackling her first live theatre stage debut on August 1st in Adam Shankman’s “Hair.”
In the musical, a result of the anxiety-ridden years of the Vietnam War and the revolution of the 60s, Riley will play Dionne opposite Frozen’s Kristen Bell and fellow Glee co-star Jenna Ushkowitz. The Bohemian music and earthy performances bring together a riveting remembrance of the political unrest before and during the Civil Rights Movement. The show will debut at the Hollywood Bowl.