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‘Dreamgirls’ cast spreads the love to heart transplant patient

From the stage to the bedside, the cast gets an A+ for this surprise


You never know whose life you may touch throughout your journey. Desiree Roots, a cast member of the musical Dreamgirls, was touched by a man she met years ago, so she wanted to take some time to lift his spirits.

Roots first met Earl Fleming when she was 13 years old. At that time, she was part of the soulful musical The Wiz.

Fleming is currently awaiting a heart transplant at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Roots and the cast were spending time performing in Richmond at the Virginia Repertory Theatre, so they decided to surprise Fleming.

According to WTVR, staffers at the Pauley Heart Center joined a few workers at the Virginia Repertory Theatre to make the surprise performance happen.

“He has literally been a part of my life ever since then. And he’s family,” Roots said.

TV journalist Shelby Brown posted a photo of the heartwarming occasion on her Facebook page.

Kelley Evans is a digital producer at Andscape. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic Southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.