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Oprah Winfrey 'producing musical'
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey received an Oscar nomination for her role in the film
US talk show host Oprah Winfrey will produce a musical based on acclaimed novel The Color Purple when it opens on Broadway, it has been reported.

Winfrey told the New York Times she will invest more than $1m (563,000) in the show, and that it was "a secret dream" of hers to work on Broadway.

The musical has been revised since it received bad reviews after opening in Atlanta last year.

Winfrey starred in Steven Spielberg's 1985 movie adaptation of the story.


The film was up for 11 Oscars, including Winfrey for best supporting actress in 1986, but came away from the awards empty-handed.

Winfrey told the Times: "I hope... to open the door to the possibilities for a world of people who have never been or even thought of going to a Broadway show."

The musical will be called Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Color Purple when it opens in December.

It is based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a young Southern woman, Celie, who is raped by her father and suffers years of cruelty at the hands of her abusive husband.

The book has been adapted by Marsha Norman, author of 'night, Mother, while the score is by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.

Chicago-based Gary Griffin will direct, while Quincy Jones, Scott Sanders and Roy Furman will produce alongside Winfrey.

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