VIDEO: THE COLOR PURPLE's Cynthia Erivo Shows Her Gymnastic Skills On Rings
You would think that starring on Broadway as the determined survivor Celie in the hit revival of THE COLOR PURPLE eight times a week would be enough of a workout, but Tony-winner Cynthia Erivo not only excels on stage but in the gym as well.
Watch her strength and agility in action as she maneuvers herself on the rings. Though she writes that she's just a beginner, Erivo shows the same Olympian spirit here as she shows on Broadway, thrilling crowds at the Jacobs Theatre.
Erivo got her first big musical theatre break in Kneehigh Theatre's production of THE UNBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG at the Gielgud Theatre, followed by the starring role of Deloris Van Cartier in the UK tour of SISTER ACT. She appeared in the West End as Chenice in Harry Hill and Simon Cowell's 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.
The new Broadway revival of The 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. The show won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
Best Actress Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo leads a powerhouse cast led by Tony and Grammy winner Heather Headley (Aida, The Lion King) and Orange is the New Black's Danielle Brooks in "the kind of heaven-sent debut that dreams are made of" (Entertainment Weekly).
THE COLOR PURPLE is an unforgettable story of enduring love and triumph over adversity. With a fresh, joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, this stirring family chronicle follows the inspirational Celie, as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the power of love and life.