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“I have been so gratified by the audience response to the first season of the Voices series, and I am thrilled that our second season expands to include an even greater diversity of vocal talents from all over the world,” said Fleming in a statement. “These are some of the most exciting singers I know, and I can’t wait for Kennedy Center audiences to experience their incredible talents.”
Fleming had this to say about Tony winners Erivo and Odom, Jr.: “I was so fortunate to see Cynthia Erivo’s blazing, Tony Award–winning performance in The Color Purple on Broadway. My family and I were on our feet shouting when she blew out the sound system in the penultimate anthem! …Her gift for unsparing, emotional honesty paired with vocal fireworks makes her performances simply unforgettable.
“Imagine a performer who could edge out Lin-Manuel Miranda for a prize, any prize. Last year, Leslie Odom Jr. won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Hamilton, which I was fortunate to see. I also heard him at the 2016 Kennedy Center Spring Gala. He is a consummate, elegant artist, and this is a performance not to miss.”