You could call Vanessa Williams a part time Floridian during the month of March. The singer-actress visited Stuart at the beginning of the month for a gala to raise funds for a local theater, The StarStruck. On Friday, Williams was back, speaking on a panel at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Hollywood. Home again to Chappaqua, New York, and then the 52-year-old former beauty queen and mother of four will take yet another trip to the Sunshine State for a March 22 date at the Parker Playhouse. Her “Broadway Concert Series” features Sirius XM radio personality Seth Rutdetsky on the piano.
What do fans say when they meet you?
It’s nice to tap into their energy and see the excitement, after doing so many different things in my career. At the summit, people want to know how I juggle family, career, success, fame, obstacles, and keeping it all together.
How are you feeling these days?
I take good care of my voice. I feel really lucky to have my background and training as an actor and a dancer and a singer. I majored in musical theater at Syracuse [University], and studied danced my entire life. Your body is your instrument, it’s also a reflection of being healthy. I continue to work to be in tip top shape. I think the people who have incredible longevity in this business have to be consistent with your craft. Show up, be on time.
We hear you’ll be costarring in Star Jones’ TV adaptation of her book, Satan Sisters, roughly based on her time at “The View.” How did that come about?
She called me about the project and said I was her first choice to play [imperious TV anchor] Maxine. After I read the book it was a no brainer. Star’s a woman I really respect and the material is going to be really funny. We have a guaranteed 10 episodes from VH1 and start shooting in Atlanta in July, even though it’s set in New York City, so not sure how that’s going to go.
Can you talk about the show at Parker Playhouse?
It’s a great format. Seth’s at the piano, playing and telling stories. I’ll sing my hits like Save the Best for Last, Color of the Wind as well as my musical theater stuff, like a song from Kiss of the Spider Woman, which was my first starring role on Broadway to even early audition tunes. Seth’s energy is, you know, crazy. We’ll do a number together at the end. It’s guaranteed entertainment.