Oprah Winfrey is in talks to make her Broadway acting debut, according to a Feb. 6 New York Times report. The talk show host and actress plans to showcase her talent on Broadway in a revival of Marsha Norman's 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “night, Mother,” starring Tony-Award winner Audra McDonald. If the deal is sealed, Winfrey will play a mother struggling to prevent her daughter from committing suicide, sources tell the New York Times.
According to People Magazine, Winfrey does have some experience with Broadway, but only behind-the-scenes as an investor in the 2005 musical, The Color Purple.” Her soon-to-be co-star, McDonald, however is a seasoned Broadway star with five Tony wins.
“Oprah has had a longstanding desire to act on Broadway,” Sanders said. “She understands how unique and challenging performing live on stage will be as an actress. She and I have been looking at a number of plays and roles in order to find material and a character that truly resonate with her. We’ve recently read something that we’re both excited about but are not yet ready to officially announce the specifics.”