Following Broadway, Cynthia Erivo Has No Plans to Play Celie Again

News   Following Broadway, Cynthia Erivo Has No Plans to Play Celie Again
The Tony-winning actor tweeted that she will not star in the tour of The Color Purple.
Cynthia Erivo in <i>The Color Purple</i>
Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple Matthew Murphy

When The Color Purple, named Best Revival in the 2016 Tony Awards, ends its run January 8, 2017, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, it will mark the last time that Cynthia Erivo plays the role of Celie.

Erivo, who played the role in London before arriving on Broadway and winning the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical, tweeted that she does not plan to star in the forthcoming North American tour, which launches in fall 2017.

The award-winning actor posted on Twitter, “Just to be clear, I will not be touring with it, nor will I be taking it back to the West End in the U.K. THIS WILL BE IT.”

Directed by John Doyle, the revival opened December 10, 2015, and will have played 33 previews and 449 regular performances when it closes.

Based on Alice Walker‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same title, The Color Purple tells “an unforgettable story of enduring love and triumph over adversity.”

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