BRITISH ACTRESS Cynthia Erivo joined a roll call of Broadway stars on stage last night to help deliver First Lady Michelle Obama’s push to get girls educated across the world.
The US first lady went to Broadway yesterday (Sept 19) to host a concert for the spouses of global heads of state that included performances from the female-centric shows The Color Purple, of which Cynthia is a part, Waitress, Wicked and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
“More than 62 million girls around the world are counting on us to be their voice,” Michelle Obama said. “And I intend to continue speaking out on their behalf _ not just for the rest of my time as first lady but for the rest of my life. And I hope that you all will join me.”
The 90-minute event included the 2016 best actress Tony Award winner Cynthia singing a powerful I’m Here from The Color Purple, after which she was embraced by Mrs Obama.
After the performance, she wrote on Instagram: “One of those moments in time where you have to check just what it is you are doing. Take a deep breath, and say thank you.
She added: “The body and voice were tired but the mind and will was able and now I can say I performed for #letgirlslearn AND FLOTUS the one and only Michelle Obama. @bwaycolorpurple you are something special aren’t you!!!”
WORDS: Layla Young