Oprah Set to Make Broadway Debut
By Wilson Morales
Oprah Winfrey is in talks to make her Broadway debut in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “’Night, Mother,” starring opposite Tony-Award winner Audra McDonald as a mother struggling to stop her daughter from killing herself, according to two theater executives familiar with the plans, states The New York Times.
The play, which will be directed by Tony winner George C. Wolfe and produced by Scott Sanders, would run during the 2015-16 Broadway season.
“Oprah has had a longstanding desire to act on Broadway,” Mr. 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.”
Ms. Winfrey and Ms. McDonald read “’Night Mother” together last year with Mr. Wolfe in Mr. Sanders’s apartment, according to the two theater executives, and all involved were happy with the results. The 2015-16 timing is driven by scheduling availability, according to the theater executives.”
Ms. Winfrey and Scott Sanders, who together produced the original “Color Purple” production on Broadway in 2005, are currently working together on a Broadway revival of the musical, but at lower production cost.
Ms. Winfrey recently returned to the world of acting, delivering an acclaimed performance in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
“’Night, Mother” was written by Marsha Norman, who worked with Ms. Winfrey and Mr. Sanders as the book writer on “The Color Purple.”
The two-character drama originally opened on Broadway in 1983 and ran for a year, earning Tony nominations for best play and best actress for both stars, Anne Pitoniak and Kathy Bates. A short-lived revival on came Broadway in the 2004-5 season starring Brenda Blethyn and Edie Falco.