Mary J Blige is following hip-hop pal SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS onto the stage - as a death-row inmate.

The NO MORE DRAMA hitmaker will star in The Exonerated at New York's BLEECKER STREET THEATER later this month (24-29FEB04).

A source says, "Mary is hoping this play, because it is serious, will be a good platform for her acting career to take off. It's a short run to see how she does. If it goes well, she'll be invited back."

23/02/2004 09:24