IT’S BEEN a year of wins for London-born actress Cynthia Erivo, star of hit Broadway production, The Color Purple.
First came the Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award last June, closely followed by a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in February and last night it was announced that she and the cast of the revival had won the Outstanding Musical Performance in a Talk Show/Morning Program at the Daytime Emmys.
Cynthia and the cast of The Color Purple performed a rendition of the show’s title song on the Today Show in May.
The category was added for the 2016 Daytime Emmy Awards and marks the first time a performance from a Broadway musical was among the nominees.
“OH MY GOD!!!! AN EMMY,” Cynthia wrote on Twitter shortly after the announcement.
She added: “In times like this I call my mother. I called her, it was like she had won it herself! The best feeling ever. #love #mummiesgirl”
Cynthia played the show’s heroine, Celie, alongside American actresses Jennifer Hudsonas Shug Avery and Danielle Brooks as Sofia.
The win puts her only an Oscar short of achieving EGOT status — that exclusive club of artists who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony— and all for this one project.
The Color Purple producer Oprah Winfrey wrote: “Tony.. Grammy.. now Emmy. Sister Cynthia take your 3d bow.”