Barrino, who previously took over as Celie in 2007 during the Broadway run of The Color Purple, will reprise her performance of the leading role, which was played in the 1985 film by Whoopi Goldberg.
Oprah Winfrey — who made her film debut as Sofia in the 1985 Steven Spielberg-directed movie adaptation of Alice Walker'S 1982 romanzo, and will produce the new musical version — was part of the announcement Thursday night on Screen Queens Rising.
Barrino, 37, earned rave reviews for her performance, which was her Broadway debut.
“If you really put yourself in her shoes, that can be very tiring,” Barrino told Playbill.com about playing Celie. “It can take a lot of energy out of you. I know when I get off the stage at night from shows, I’m exhausted. I run to my room, and I fall on the couch, and I have to take at least about ten minutes to wind down and to get my thoughts together and come out of the part of Celie.”
Il idolo americano stagione 3 winner said that The Color Purple was the first musical she ever saw. “I had seen the movie, but it’s such an inspirational play,” ha detto in 2007. “stavo piangendo. I was saying, 'Oh, Signore, I hope I’m not the only one crying!'”
Lei aperto alle PERSONE at the time about the wisdom she received from her mentor Winfrey, who also produced Tony Award-winning show.
“Oprah gave me a lot of advice. She sat me down … Just, sai, how a lady should carry herself. How to manage your money. How to not put your trust in everybody. Just watch your back,” ha detto in 2008. “Ma soprattutto, you have to watch what you do. You have to carry yourself in such a way. You have to just watch your every move and carry yourself as a lady,” Barrino added. “So other young ladies who are watching you will know this is how you do it.”
Inoltre, Danielle Brooks has been cast as Sofia, the role for which she previously received a Tony Award nomination after starring in the show’s 2015 Broadway revival. Brooks, 32, found her breakout onscreen role as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson in 2013 with Netflix’s L'arancione è il nuovo nero, and she can currently be seen starring alongside John Cena in HBO Max’s Peacemaker.
Brooks recalled the moment she found out about her casting as Sofia. “They were saying, ‘Danielle, you have one more meeting with the director Blitz [Bazawule],’ poi, all'improvviso, this beautiful Black women in purple comes up on the screen and it’s Miss Oprah Winfrey,” lei ha raccontato.
“I am here, representing all things purple to tell you, you are our Sofia,” Winfrey told her in a clip from the call, during which Brooks was overjoyed.
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Marcus Gardley has written the screenplay for the film, specifically adapted from the Tony-winning Broadway musical based on Walker’s novel that ran from 2005 a 2008, with a revival that ran from 2015 through early 2017.
Beyoncé'S Black Is King co-direttore, Blitz Bazawule, will be at the helm, secondo Scadenza. Winfrey, 68, told the outlet in August 2020, “We were all blown away by Blitz’s unique vision as a director and look forward to seeing how he brings the next evolution of this beloved story to life.”
Winfrey will produce The Color Purple alongside Spielberg, 75. It is slated for a Dec. 20, 2023, pubblicazione.
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The story of The Color Purple follows the lives of several Black women — namely Celie and Nettie Harris, Shug Avery and Miss Millie — in the American South in the 1930s.
The original Broadway musical of the story debuted in 2005 and earned 11 Tony Award nominations a year later, con l'attrice LaChanze winning a Tony for her role as Celie.
Cinzia Erivo also played the role of Celie in the 2015 rinascita, for which she won the Tony Award for lead actress in a musical.
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