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Cynthia Erivo

 
Birth Place:
Stockwell, South London
Bio:
Erivo made her Broadway debut reprising her starring role as 'Celie' in the critically acclaimed revival of "The Color Purple." She first played the role in 2013 at London's Menier Chocolate Factory and her performance on Broadway earned her several awards, including the Tony Award for Best ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: January 08, 1987 (35)

Birth Place: Stockwell, South London

Bio:
Erivo made her Broadway debut reprising her starring role as 'Celie' in the critically acclaimed revival of "The Color Purple." She first played the role in 2013 at London's Menier Chocolate Factory and her performance on Broadway earned her several awards, including the Tony Award for Best ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2015
Celie
  [Off-Broadway]
St. Ann's Warehouse and Donmar Warehouse Off-Broadway Revival, 2015
Poins/The Earl of Douglas
  [West End]
West End Original Production, 2014
Chenice

Photos

Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin, Rebecca Naomi Jones as Carolyn Franklin and Patrice Photo

Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin, Rebecca Naomi Jones as Carolyn Franklin and Patrice Covington as Erma Franklin Credit: National Geographic/Richard DuCree

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Date:
03/25/2020
Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean performing in The 2nd Annual Night Divine Holiday Con Photo

Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean performing in The 2nd Annual Night Divine Holiday Concert at the Apollo Theatre on December 16, 2019 in New York City.

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Date:
12/28/2019
Theatre Marquee for Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean performing in The 2nd Annual Nigh Photo

Theatre Marquee for Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean performing in The 2nd Annual Night Divine Holiday Concert at the Apollo Theatre on December 16, 2019 in New York City.

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Date:
12/28/2019
Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo, Allee Willis, Marsha Norman, Stephen Bray with cast d Photo

Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo, Allee Willis, Marsha Norman, Stephen Bray with cast during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for 'The Color Purple' at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on December 10, 2015 in New York City.

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Date:
12/26/2019
Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo, Allee Willis, Marsha Norman, Alice Walker, John Doyle Photo

Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo, Allee Willis, Marsha Norman, Alice Walker, John Doyle with cast during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for 'The Color Purple' at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on December 10, 2015 in New York City.

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Date:
12/26/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2015
Celie

  [Off-Broadway]
St. Ann's Warehouse and Donmar Warehouse Off-Broadway Revival, 2015
Poins/The Earl of Douglas

  [West End]
West End Original Production, 2014
Chenice

Cynthia Erivo Biography

Erivo made her Broadway debut reprising her starring role as 'Celie' in the critically acclaimed revival of "The Color Purple." She first played the role in 2013 at London's Menier Chocolate Factory and her performance on Broadway earned her several awards, including the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, a Grammy award as a principal soloist on original cast recording of "The Color Purple" (Best Musical Theater Album), a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program, the Drama Desk Award, Theatre World, and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

In 2019, Erivo starred as Harriet Tubman in the biopic Harriet. Her performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, and she got a second one for Best Original Song for "Stand Up," which she co-wrote for the film with Joshuah Brian Campbell. She next appeared in the HBO crime miniseries The Outsider and played Aretha Franklin on the National Geographic anthology series Genius.

Additional theatre credits include: 'Puck' in the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream;" The Donmar Warehouse's acclaimed all-female production of "Henry IV;" the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical, "Dessa Rose;" the Perfect Pitch musical, "Lift;" Kneehigh Theatre's production of "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg;" the UK tour of Jerry Zaks' production of "Sister Act;" Harry Hill and Simon Cowell's musical, "I Can't Sing," at the London Palladium; Simon Stephens' "Marine Parade;" John Adams' experimental song play, "I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky;" and Dominic Hill's "The Three Musketeers and The Princess of Spain."

Cynthia Erivo Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
 
Drama League Awards - 2016 - Distinguished Performance Award
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
 
Tony Awards - 2016 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
 
Evening Standard Awards - 2013 - Best Musical Performance
Cynthia ErivoThe color Purple

Cynthia Erivo News

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Cincinnati Pops Announces Details for Inaugural Andrew  Photo Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Cincinnati Pops Announces Details for Inaugural Andrew J. Brady Neighborhood Concert Series
by A.A. Cristi - May 19, 2022

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Cincinnati Pops have announced details for the inaugural Andrew J. Brady Neighborhood Concert Series.

Ariana Grande Putting New Music on Hold While Filming WICKED Movies Photo Ariana Grande Putting New Music on Hold While Filming WICKED Movies
by Michael Major - May 13, 2022

During a Q&A for her beauty brand, R.E.M. Beauty, Grande shared that she has not started working on a new album due to devoting her time to filming The Voice and preparing for her Wicked audition. Now, as production on the films begin this summer, Grande will be focusing completely on playing Glinda.

Jeremy Jordan Will Perform At Theatre Royal Drury Lane In August Photo Jeremy Jordan Will Perform At Theatre Royal Drury Lane In August
by Stephi Wild - May 12, 2022

Broadway star Jeremy Jordan will be performing a solo show live in London at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Monday 29 August 2022.

Angel City Chorale to Appear at UCLA's Royce Hall with ROOTS: SINGING OUR STORIES Photo Angel City Chorale to Appear at UCLA's Royce Hall with ROOTS: SINGING OUR STORIES
by Marissa Tomeo - May 11, 2022

America’s Got Talent’s Golden Buzzer-winning vocal sensation Angel City Chorale (ACC), led by Sue Fink, Artistic Director, announced today their concert, ROOTS: Singing Our Stories, on Saturday, June 18th and Sunday, June 19th at UCLA’s famed Royce Hall. The celebratory multimedia event delves into the human experience of struggle and determination, sacrifice and hope, gratitude, joy and love. 

Everything You Need to Know About THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Photo Everything You Need to Know About THE COLOR PURPLE Movie
by Michael Major - May 7, 2022

The musical, featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, blues and African rhythms, has a book by Marsha Norman with music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. The film, directed by Blitz Bazawule, will star Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Colman Domingo, Halle Bailey, Ciara, and more.

Myles Frost, Sharon D. Clarke, Jaquel Spivey & More Amongst 2022 Theatre World Awards Photo Myles Frost, Sharon D. Clarke, Jaquel Spivey & More Amongst 2022 Theatre World Awards Recipients
by Nicole Rosky - May 6, 2022

Each year The Theatre World Awards presents 12 awards to outstanding debut performances on and off-Broadway. This year's honorees have just been announced!

Jennifer Holliday Will Join the Cast of CHICAGO  Beginning Next Month Photo Jennifer Holliday Will Join the Cast of CHICAGO Beginning Next Month
by Stephi Wild - May 6, 2022

The Broadway company of Chicago will welcome Tony and Grammy Award winning Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday back to Broadway in the role of “Matron Mama Morton” beginning Thursday, June 9, 2022.

Finalists Announced for Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2022 C Photo Finalists Announced for Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2022 Competition
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2022

The 12 finalists have been revealed for the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition - affectionately known as SSSSPOTY. The gala final of this year’s competition - the first since the passing of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim - will be held, fittingly, in the Sondheim Theatre, on 30 May, 2022.

Laura Benanti to Perform at The Lesher Center for the Arts Photo Laura Benanti to Perform at The Lesher Center for the Arts
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 3, 2022

The Lesher Center Presents Headliners series will continue with Broadway star Laura Benanti. This evening of song will include Benanti’s brilliant renditions of Broadway tunes, standards, and more.

Social: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ariana DeBose and More Hit the Met  Photo Social: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ariana DeBose and More Hit the Met Gala Red Carpet!
by A.A. Cristi - May 2, 2022

It's the first Monday in May and the stars were out in full force for this year's Met Gala to benefit the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Cynthia Erivo Videos

VIDEO: Morgan James' All-Female JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is On the Rise! VideoVIDEO: Morgan James' All-Female JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is On the Rise!
by Candace Cordelia - Apr 24, 2022

She is risen! And a new cast recording is on the rise! On April 29, Jesus Christ Superstar: Highlights From The All-Female Studio Cast Recording, will at last be available as a full collection of songs at all digital music services.

VIDEO: Cynthia Erivo, Rachel Zegler, Ben Platt & Leslie Odom Jr. Sing Sondheim For th VideoVIDEO: Cynthia Erivo, Rachel Zegler, Ben Platt & Leslie Odom Jr. Sing Sondheim For the GRAMMYs In Memoriam
by Michael Major - Apr 4, 2022

Cynthia Erivo, Rachel Zegler, Ben Platt, and Leslie Odom Jr. took to the stage at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards to sing the music of Stephen Sondheim for the In Memoriam. The medley performance included 'Not a Day Goes By,' 'Send in the Clowns,' and 'Somewhere.' Watch the complete performance now!

VIDEO: Watch Emma Hunton & Griffin Matthews Perform 'Fall' From WITNESS UGANDA VideoVIDEO: Watch Emma Hunton & Griffin Matthews Perform 'Fall' From WITNESS UGANDA
by Michael Major - Jan 14, 2022

The track is from the upcoming Studio Cast Recording of Witness Uganda (An American Musical). The new album will also feature the voices of Cynthia Erivo, GRAMMY-winning recording artist Ledisi, and stage-and-screen stars Nicolette Robinson, Emma Hunton, and Kristolyn Lloyd, as well as Tyrone Davis Jr., Jai’Len Josey, Amber Iman, and more.

VIDEO: Watch Billy Porter's New 'Children' Music video VideoVIDEO: Watch Billy Porter's New 'Children' Music video
by Michael Major - Dec 15, 2021

Billy Porter has revealed his official music video for “Children”. The visual is Porter's first video with his new team at the Island/Republic record label. “Children” is a high-energy dance floor anthem co-written with GRAMMY® Award-nominated songwriter MNEK [H.E.R., Dua Lipa] and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall.

VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth & Ariana Grande Talk Broadway Dream Roles on THE VOICE VideoVIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth & Ariana Grande Talk Broadway Dream Roles on THE VOICE
by Michael Major - Nov 29, 2021

After serving as advisor for Team Ariana on The Voice, Kristin Chenoweth joined Ariana Grande backstage to discuss when they first met, working together on Hairspray Live, and musical theatre dream roles. The two chat also about their dream of performing in a Broadway revival of 'Gypsy' together.

VIDEO: STRICTLY COME DANCING Pros Perform 'Defying Gravity' From WICKED VideoVIDEO: STRICTLY COME DANCING Pros Perform 'Defying Gravity' From WICKED
by Stephi Wild - Nov 22, 2021

On the show's results night, two of the professional dancers, Luba and Katya, took the stage for a dance to Wicked's 'Defying Gravity,' in full costume and green makeup.

VIDEO: Watch Cynthia Erivo Perform 'Glowing Up' on THE KELY CLARKSON SHOW VideoVIDEO: Watch Cynthia Erivo Perform 'Glowing Up' on THE KELY CLARKSON SHOW
by Michael Major - Oct 29, 2021

Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show to perform her single 'Glowing Up' off of her recent album 'Ch. 1 Vol. 1'. Watch the full performance now!

VIDEO: Watch a Sneak Peek of WICKED IN CONCERT on PBS VideoVIDEO: Watch a Sneak Peek of WICKED IN CONCERT on PBS
by Stage Tube - Aug 19, 2021

Rejoycify! It's just a matter of days until PBS presents Wicked IN CONCERT: A Musical Celebration of the Iconic Broadway Score. The special will air on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 9pm ET (check local listings) on PBS. Check out a sneak peek!

VIDEO: Cynthia Erivo Performs 'The Good' on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT! VideoVIDEO: Cynthia Erivo Performs 'The Good' on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT!
by Stage Tube - Jun 8, 2021

The single hails from her forthcoming album 'Ch. 1 Vs. 1' due out on September 17th on Verve Records.

VIDEO: Listen to Cynthia Erivo's Cover of 'Chain of Fools' From GENIUS: ARETHA VideoVIDEO: Listen to Cynthia Erivo's Cover of 'Chain of Fools' From GENIUS: ARETHA
by Stage Tube - Mar 12, 2021

Episodes will be available the next day on Hulu, culminating in a celebration of Aretha Franklin’s birthday, with all eight episodes available to stream by Thursday, March 25.


Cynthia Erivo Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Cynthia Erivo been in?
Cynthia Erivo has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Cynthia Erivo been in?
Cynthia Erivo has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Cynthia Erivo's first West End show?
Cynthia Erivo's first West End show was I Can't Sing: The X Factor Musical which opened in 2014

What awards has Cynthia Erivo been nominated for?
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Color Purple , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for The Color Purple , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Color Purple Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Color Purple and Best Musical Performance (Evening Standard Awards) for The color Purple .

What awards has Cynthia Erivo won?
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Color Purple Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Color Purpleand Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Color Purple.