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Fantasia and Danielle Brooks will star in the musical “The Color Purple”

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The next musical The purple color has found its leading ladies.

american idol season three winner Fancy will play Célie and Orange is the new black alum Danielle Brooks will play Sofia, it was announced Thursday during ABC News Soul of a Nation Presents: Screen Queens Rising.

The pieces were made famous by Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfreyrespectively, in Steven Spielbergthe 1985 film adaptation of Alice WalkerThe 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. Both actresses earned their first Oscar nominations for their work in the film.

A musical version of the iconic work ran on Broadway from 2005 to 2008, with Fantasia playing the role of Celie from 2007 to 2008 on the original Broadway run. Brooks got a nod from Tony for playing Sofia in the Broadway revival, which ran from 2015 to 2017.

Winfrey surprised a very emotional Brooks with a Zoom call to tell her she had landed the role, saying, “I’m here representing all things purple to tell you that you are our Sophia. I am so happy to pass the baton to you from 35 – almost 40 years ago. And I know you’re gonna kill him.

“My heart is so full,” Brooks said in tears. “I will make you so proud.”

“You already did,” Winfrey replied. “I wanted to be the one to tell you because you know I have such love for her, this character, everything she represents and everything she has brought to my life. And what I hope , is that she does the same for you.

Fantasia and Brooks join a star-studded band The purple color cast including Taraji P. Henson, HER and Halle Bailey. The film, which will be directed by Bazawule Blitzbegins production this spring and is slated for release in 2023.

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