VIDEO: THE COLOR PURPLE's Cynthia Erivo Treats Her American Friends To A Dazzling Star-Spangled Banner
With its wide range and challenging high notes, "The Star-Spangled Banner" is notorious for being one of the more difficult national anthems to sing.
But nevertheless, the delightful British star Cynthia Erivo, a 2016 Tony-winner for her Broadway debut playing Celie in THE COLOR PURPLE, wanted to do something special for her America friends as she celebrates her first stateside 4th of July.
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.
Broadway fans are certainly hoping to see a lot more future trips to New York for this talented star.
The new Broadway revival of The Color Purple opened December 10, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (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.