Oprah Winfrey Still Hoping to Make Broadway Acting Debut

News   Oprah Winfrey Still Hoping to Make Broadway Acting Debut The Oscar-nominated actress and producer is looking for the “perfect material.”
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An emotional Oprah Winfrey at a recent performance of the revival of The Color Purple. Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Famed talk-show host, Academy Award nominee and producer Oprah Winfrey, who, in 2014, had been in talks to make her Broadway debut in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play 'night, Mother, opposite multiple Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, is still looking for the perfect project for her Main Stem acting bow.

Winfrey, a producer of the original and current Broadway production of The Color Purple, told the New York Times, “I’ve been thinking about, for the past maybe three years, coming to Broadway myself, but when I see how much work is involved, and the kind of energy it takes to do that every night, I don’t know…I’m looking for the perfect material. Something will come along. If the right material comes along, then I’ll do it.”

The former talk-show host said she is still interested in working with six-time Tony winner McDonald; in fact, in addition to a reading of 'night, Mother, the two actresses also took part in a reading of Katori Hall's The Blood Quilt. Although Winfrey passed on both projects, producer Scott Sanders told the Times, “I have another idea for her, but I’m waiting.”

Winfrey, who named August Wilson's Fences as her favorite play, said her television commitments prevented her from being a part of the recent revival of the award-winning drama.

The famed actress and producer also said her Broadway debut would be in a non-musical production, adding, “The appeal would be that there would be a story so compelling and so moving that I would want to experience, share and offer that story on a nightly basis — that’s what it would take for me…A couple of times I’ve been in readings, and I’ve said: ‘Do I really want to say these words? Are these words so moving and so necessary that I feel I will come across the country and give up my dogs and relocate to go onstage every night to say these words?’ I haven’t found those words yet.”

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