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November - Fundraiser for Boiler Room Theater
« on: July 04, 2009, 08:24:22 pm »

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To "American Idol" finalist Melinda Doolittle, the Factory at Franklin will seem like a homecoming.

A top singer on the national singing talent television show, the Brentwood resident will take the stage once again and for one night only in a fundraising concert for the Boiler Room Theatre in November.
“We are so excited to have Melinda back with us. It’s such a joy to hear her sing,” said Sondra Morton-Chaffin, a member of the nonprofit theater group.

The event — billed as "Melinda Doolittle and Friends" — also promises some other famous faces backing up the performer.

A Belmont University music major, Doolittle performed with Boiler Room in stage productions such as The 1940s Radio Hour and Big River before appearing on the television show.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 in The Factory at Franklin’s Liberty Hall. Tickets are $50 in advance or $150 for the first three rows. If any general seating remains the day of the concert, spots will be sold for $100. For reservations, go to or call 794-7744.

All proceeds go to the theater organization that also supports youth programs such as performance workshops, summer camps and three fully-staged children’s productions each year.


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Far-flung Melinda fans to unite in Franklin
'Idol' finalist's supporters embrace chance to attend Boiler Room benefit

Staff Writer

FRANKLIN — More than 30 "Internet friends" will be congregating in Franklin this weekend.

But it isn't the city's rich Civil War history or upscale shopping opportunities that has encouraged these people to visit from places as far away as Hawaii and England.

It is the lure of American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle and her fundraising concert for Boiler Room Theatre.

Many people in Melinda's Backups, a group of Doolittle supporters who met on the Web, had never heard of the nonprofit professional theater — or even Franklin — before the event was announced.

"All of us bought the VIP tickets in the first three rows. If it's for Melinda, we're there," said Holly Clark   Huzzah! of Jackson, Miss., a Melinda's Backups member

"These are not fans but real supporters," Doolittle said of the group.

"Fans can be fickle. But as supporters, I know that no matter what happens, they've got my back."  Awww

While in town, the group plans on touring Doolittle's alma mater, Belmont University, and attending a private karaoke party the singer is scheduled to visit after Friday's Melinda Doolittle and Friends  Thumbs Up  concert.

Some members of the international group have never met in person. But when they heard that a concert was planned near Doolittle's hometown, they decided it was a good opportunity to get together.

"It was spontaneous, really. We have communicated daily on the Internet for over six months. And we regard our group as one big family," said member Donna Watts.   HAR

Backup members are quick to point out that the group isn't a fan club but is a group of friends who have come together to support their favorite singer.

In addition to sending Doolittle flowers at each of the stops on her 59-show tour, the group supported her charitable work in the Malaria No More campaign by donating bed nets in honor of Doolittle's 30th birthday.

"That was the best birthday present in the world," the singer said. "They have truly gone over and beyond everything. I gush about them all the time. They are truly God sent."

Clark says it's easy to admire Doolittle. Even though she's reached international fame, the star still has the time to recognize many "support group" members' major life events — birthdays, marriages and new babies — with personal messages at Winner

"She's real. Besides having the most awesome voice I've ever heard, she's very down to earth. If you met her, you wouldn't think you're meeting a contestant on American Idol. It's like seeing a friend. We just love her," Wub Clark said.

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