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Oprah Winfrey to make Broadway debut in ‘night, Mother’ with Audra McDonald

Oprah Winfrey to make Broadway debut in ‘night, Mother’ with Audra McDonald
Oprah Winfrey to make Broadway debut in ‘night, Mother’ with Audra McDonald
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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.

Oprah Winfrey to make Broadway debut in ‘night, Mother’ with Audra McDonald
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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.”