Film, TV & Stage

Oprah brings Tony Award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo to tears with praise for her Color Purple Broadway performance

PRAISE: Actress Cynthia Erivo and Oprah

PRAISE: Actress Cynthia Erivo and Oprah

OPRAH WINFREY brought Tony Award-winning British actress Cynthia Erivo to tears when praising her performance on stage in Broadway’s The Color Purple.

Cynthia, who will close the show on her 30th birthday tomorrow (Jan 8), appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss her landmark year and receive some kind words from producer and The Color Purple film star Oprah.

Oprah told her: “You have been transcendent on this show. You took an extraordinary play and you transcended the moment.

“I stand in amazement at what you have been able to do for this musical, for her words, for this art form. I know that amazing things are going to happen in your life after this and I just have a heart filled with gratitude to you for what you brought to the stage with Celia.”

Audiences see Cynthia speechless after Oprah’s praise. She then wipes a tear from her eye.

She made her Broadway debut in the 2015 Broadway revival transfer of the Menier Chocolate Factory production of The Color Purple, reprising her role as Celie Harris alongside American actresses Jennifer Hudsonas Shug Avery and Danielle Brooks as Sofia.

Her 29th year has been one for the books: she garnered a Tony Award and a Grammy nomination for her Broadway debut, ran a marathon and sang for President Obama twice.

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