Broadway Star Jennifer Holliday Hasn’t Committed to Trump Inauguration Despite Announcement From his Team

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It looks like Donald Trump’s inauguration team jumped the gun on pledging that Broadway star Jennifer Holliday will perform: A spokesman for the “Dreamgirls” veteran says she has been asked to sing, but hasn’t yet agreed.

“Jennifer has been asked to perform but she hasn’t officially agreed to do so yet,” her publicist, Bill Carpenter, told TheWrap. “I’ll let you know later this afternoon for sure if she’ll be performing.”

On Friday, Trump’s inauguration spokesman, Boris Epshteyn tweeted: “Can’t wait for @TobyKeithMusic, @LadyJHOLLIDAY, @3doorsdown, etc. and remarks from @realDonaldTrump at the Welcome Celebration!”

That led to several critical tweets from Holliday fans who expressed disappointment that she would take part.


Friday’s announcement from Epshteyn was significant because Trump has had so much trouble booking inauguration talent. As TheWrap first reported, two talent bookers said Trump’s team had even offered ambassadorships in an attempt to wrangle A-list talent. Some performers refuse to perform for a president they disagree with politically, and others are afraid of a backlash if they take part.

Singer Paul Anka said Friday he would have to back out of plans to sing “My Way,” but said it was because of a scheduling conflict, not any political reason.

Holliday, known for her performance as Effie White in Dreamgirls, is coming off of a run on “The Color Purple” on Broadway. She received a Grammy for the Dreamgirls anthem “And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going).”

Now she just needs to tell us if she’s going to the inauguration.

SOURCE: The Wrap – Itay Hod