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THE COLOR PURPLE's Cynthia Erivo Leaves Performance Following Act One

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Last Saturday, Tony nominated actress Cynthia Erivo completed the Brooklyn Half Marathon in an impressive 1 hour and 47 minutes. The feat was accomplished just seven hours before the talented actress took the stage for the first of the day's two performances of the hit Broadway revival of The Color Purple. On Tuesday, the actress appeared on LATE SHOW WITH Stephen Colbert, bringing the audience to its feet with her performance of 'I'm Here.'

It appears that perhaps the events of the last few days may have been just a bit too much, even for a fireball such as Erivo. The actress left the May 24th performance of The Color Purple following Act I, leaving her standby Adrianna Hicks to take her place following intermission.

Erivo later turned to Twitter to assure her fans that she was doing just fine, posting:


It remains unclear whether she will perform in today's matinee and evening performance.

Erivo received an Evening Standard Theatre Award nomination for Best Musical Performance and a WhatsOnStage Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Celie in The Color Purple. In 2011 Erivo performed in Kneehigh Theatre's production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg at the Gielgud Theatre, followed by the starring role of Deloris Van Cartier in the UK tour of Jerry Zaks' production of Sister Act. She has appeared in the West End as Chenice in Harry Hill and Simon Cowell's critically acclaimed musical, I Can't Sing, at the London Palladium and also played the leading role of Dessa in the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical, Dessa Rose, at Trafalgar Studios.

This past fall, Cynthia returned to her classical roots in the Donmar Warehouse's acclaimed all-female production of Henry IV opposite Dame Harriet Walter, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. She will soon star as Puck in the Liverpool Everyman's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, opposite Dean Nolan and Andrew Schofield, directed by Nick Bagnall. In addition to her stage career, Cynthia is a songwriter and wrote the song, "Fly Before You Fall," for last year's feature film Beyond the Lights.

The new Broadway revival ofThe Color Purple opened December 10, at the Bernard B. JacobsTheatre (242 W 45th Street). Based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning novel and the Warner Bros. / Amblin Entertainment motion picture,The Color Purple is adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award winner MarSha Norman, with music and lyrics by Grammy award winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.


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