NEW YORK, NY Thursday Jul.12.2007 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- The New York Daily News reports that Fantasia Barrino may star in another African American-themed musical that is now being developed.

According to columnists Rush & Malloy, "The Color Purple" star is in talks to play Ada (Bricktop) Smith. They write, "Bricktop's is a great story. She rose from humble beginnings in Alderson, W. Va., to become the toast of Paris in the Roaring '20s, where she was first employed overseas by Cole Porter to teach dances such as the Charleston at his parties."

"By 1929, she owned her own nightclubs such as The Music Box, Le Grand Duc and her famous Chez Bricktop, where she entertained Porter, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and F. Scott Fitzgerald."

Bricktop also worked with legends including Josephine Baker and Mabel Mercer.

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