Deposed 'Idol' Davis Hits Broadway Show

05/09/2003 at 11:06 AM EDT

Frenchie Davis -- who was unceremoniously dumped from the ranks of this season's "American Idol" once it was revealed that she posed topless for an adult Web site -- has found steady employment.

According Broadway Web site Playbill.com, the 23-year-old will make her debut on the Great White Way in the late Jonathan Larson's long-running rock musical "Rent."

Her stint starts May 16, and she will handle the solo number "Seasons of Love" as well as be featured in other small bits in the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning show, loosely based on the classic opera "La Boheme."

Recently, Joey Fatone of 'N Sync also appeared in "Rent" in a casting move that helped boost the box office.

"We go all over the country to find the hottest talent, so Frenchie fits in exactly with the kind of people who are in 'Rent,'" one of the show's producers, Jeffrey Sellers, tells the New York Post.

Davis, from Washington, D.C., had been among the favorites in the latest batch of "Idol" hopefuls when her fall from grace took place in February, just weeks before her scheduled semifinal performance.

After her dismissal, the belter gained a cult following, with a Save Frenchie Web site established and a petition attracting more than 50,000 signatures to reinstate her (which did not happen).

Since her dismissal, she has also been an "Entertainment Tonight" correspondent.

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