9.26.2005

Oprah's on Broadway



Oprah is bringing one of Hollyhood's favorite books and movies, The Color Purple, to Broadway.
Yes in addition to the television show, the magazine, Stedman, Gale and her new puppies, Oprah is adding Broadway producer to her resume with the Broadway-bound musical, The Color Purple. Winfrey's substantial contribution earns the daytime diva her first Broadway credit as well as marquee privileges: The production will now be listed as Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Color Purple.

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Oprah: The Musical

by Gina Serpe
Sep 26, 2005
E! News Online

It all comes full circle for "O."

The hostess with the mostess has invested more than $1 million to become the prime producer of the Broadway-bound musical, The Color Purple. Winfrey's substantial contribution earns the daytime diva her first Broadway credit as well as marquee privileges: The production will now be listed as Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Color Purple.
"It's been a secret dream of mine to be part of Broadway," Winfrey told the New York Times. "I hope to be able to do for this production some of what I've been able to do for books—that is, 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."
Winfrey's involvement is no doubt a dream for those involved in the production as well, as the hostess' association all but guarantees a built-in audience and the show's success. Winfrey is wasting no time in using her considerable sway to promote the show, already taking the liberty of announcing the cast as guests on her daytime chatfest.

Oprah herself may be hoping the second time's a charm: Winfrey reaped her first mainstream success, as well as a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, for her work in Steven Spielberg's 1985 big screen adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Color Purple begins previews at the Broadway Theater on Nov. 1 and opens Dec. 1.
But the hostess' first foray into the Great White Way isn't her only new project in the works.
Winfrey, 51, may be giving Donald Trump a run for his money with the expansion of her already-considerable property in Hawaii.
Hana Ranch Partners announced it is selling 63 acres near Maui's Hamoa Beach to the media mogul, who, along with former trainer and good friend Bob Greene, already owns 102 acres on the island.
The property's purchase price was not disclosed, but the deal also includes a joint conservation project between Winfrey and the Maui Coastal Land Trust.
In a letter to the area's residents, the company said the arrangement with the multi-Emmy'd hostess would be "one of the most important private conservation efforts to occur on Maui."
But Winfrey's do-gooder deeds haven't stopped there. The Angel Network founder recently donated $10 million to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, as well as announced her own home-rebuilding efforts for the ravaged community.

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