Ciara Teams with Patti Labelle for New Flick

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By Quibian Salazar-Moreno

      Now that Ciara has pretty much conquered the charts with her last two albums, she’s now ready to take on a new challenge – acting. The singer has been cast alongside soul legend Patti Labelle for the big screen production of the off-Broadway gospel classic, “Mama, I Want To Sing!” Production of the film starts next month and is looking towards a February 2008 release.

      "Mama, I Want to Sing!" tells the story of a preacher’s daughter, who rises from the church choir to pop stardom; the character’s based on Doris Troy, best known for the 1963 hit "Just One Look." The stage show played more than 2,400 performances between 1983 to 1991 according to Variety. Ciara will play the lead role.