Starting Jan. 15, the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star will step into the role of Matron "Mama" Morton -- a part in the revival she landed via an audition for an unrelated gig.
"I changed agents last year, and I said one thing that I really want is to be on the cover of Essence and I want to do Broadway," Kandi told TooFab in a recent interview. "I was auditioning for something else that I had to sing a song for, and I did Mama Morton's song. [My agent] ended up sending [the video] to the 'Chicago' people as well, and they wanted me to come in after seeing it. And from there, I got the part."
Kandi said her first rehearsal date is set for Jan. 9, which means she has only one week to prepare for the eight-week commitment. And if that's not enough, the last day of her nationwide tour with girl group Xscape is Jan. 7.
On this season of "RHOA," Kandi expresses concerns over the possibility that she's spreading herself too thin. She stars on a Bravo reality series, she headlines a sold-out nationwide tour, and she owns and operates Old Lady Gang (an Atlanta-based restaurant) -- all while raising her almost 2-year-old son, Ace, with her husband, Todd Tucker.
So why did she take on the role? It's always been her dream.
"I do feel like sometimes I haven't figured out the whole balance of trying to make everything work," she admitted. "My family is being super supportive of trying to make it so that I don't miss out. I'm flying my kid out on and off the road, my husband's been out here with me, but everyone in my family knows I've always wanted to do Broadway since I was in high school, OK? There was no way I was going to pass up this opportunity."
The 41-year-old graced the cover of Essence back in September, telling the mag, "I don't ever want to feel like I've made it. When people feel like they've made it, they're on the first step to falling off."