Oprah to Produce 'Color Purple' Musical Movie?
Reports state: "Yesterday Oprah let slip some news she hadn't planned on announcing while touting the new Denzel Washington movie she produced, The Great Debaters during a press conference with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. [When asked] if she's planning on making a film of the new musical version of The Color Purple, much like Hairspray and The Producers recently went from non-musical screen original to Broadway tuner adaptation to film musical Oprah paused awkwardly, held her breath for a second, then blurted out, 'Actually, I am.' But she offered no further details."
The Color Purple, nominated for eleven 2006 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the recipient of a Best Actress Tony Award, for LaChanze (as Celie) celebrated its second year on Broadway in November, and continues its highly successful run at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway, between 52nd and 53rd Streets).
In addition to Best Musical, the production also received Tony Award nominations for Elisabeth Withers-Mendes as Shug Avery and Felicia P. Fields as Sofia for Best Featured Actress in a Musical; Brandon Victor Dixon as Harpo for Best Featured Actor in a Musical; Marcia Norman for Best Book of a Musical; Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray for Best Score of a Musical: John Lee Beatty for Best Scenic Design of a Musical; Paul Tazewell for Best Costume Design of a Musical; Brian MacDevitt for Best Lighting Design of a Musical and Donald Byrd for Best Choreography of a Musical.
Directed by Gary Griffin, the musical features a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winning composers/lyricists Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray with choreography by Donald Byrd.
The Color Purple is produced on Broadway by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, Quincy Jones, Creative Battery, Anna Fantaci & Cheryl Lachowicz, Independent Presenters Network, Lowy Family Group, Stephanie McClelland, Gary Winnick, Jan Kallish, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Andrew Asnes & Adam Zotovich, and Todd Johnson.
For more information on the show, go to www.colorpurple.com
Oprah Winfrey: Photo by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd