Diversification, in many aspects of one’s life, is key, and an exclusive confirmation about Kandi Burruss only highlights this truism. People magazine confirmed Monday that the artist is joining the Chicago cast on Broadway.

Chicago, a widely popular musical, continues to woo crowds. Burruss, a Grammy award-winning singer, will likely also please the audience when she portrays Matron “Mama” Morton from January 15, 2018 through March 11, 2018 at the historic Ambassador Theater. The announcement generated excitement from people all over the internet who are happy to see Burruss thrive.

Whether fans learned about Burruss as a talented vocalist in the R&B group Xscape, came to know her as a reality TV personality through watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta or some combination thereof, Burruss’ career longevity – in the brutal entertainment industry and as an upwardly reaching Black woman, no less – is commendable.

The Chicago announcement makes sense for Burruss’ brand, as does keeping space for herself to pursue her dreams. Given that there are only so many hours in a day, Burruss’ decision meant she would forego some music-making opportunities with her Xscape group members. However, Burruss managed to perform with her groupmates during Xscape’s 22-city reunion tour.

In November, Burruss told talk show host Andy Cohen, “I’m going to be doing Broadway and some other things, and they’re going to be doing new music.” The official website boasts that Chicago is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

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