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Winfrey Dreams of a Broadway Debut

NEW YORK--For 34 years, Oprah Winfrey has been revisiting “The Color Purple,” as a reader, as a performer and as a producer. And yet, there she was on Tuesday night, in row F at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, mouthing the words to the songs, waving her hands in the air, leading a mid-act standing ovation and weeping once again.

“I don’t know what to say--I was doing the ugly cry,” she told the show’s Tony-nominated actresses, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks, as she embraced them backstage after seeing, for the second time, the revival of the musical version of the story. “I thought I had seen it, and now I am crying like I had never seen it before.”

MissWinfrey, who appeared in the film adaptation of the novel and is a producer of the musical, returned to the show on Tuesday for the first performance featuring Heather Headley, a Tony-winning alumna of Disney’s “The Lion King” and “Aida,” who has succeeded Jennifer Hudson as the nightclub singer Shug Avery. But MissWinfrey is also

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