- Fantasia Barrino stars as Celie in “The Color Purple,” released in theaters Monday.
- A viral clip of her singing during a table reading has stunned fans on social media.
- Barrino is playing the role of Celie for the second time, following a run on Broadway in 2007.
Fantasia Barrino twice played the role of Celie, the protagonist of Alice Walker’s book “The Color Purple”.
First on Broadway from April 2007 to January 2008. And currently in the box office musical hit produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg which opened on Monday.
According to the Associated Press, it was a role she was reluctant to repeat – but she ultimately agreed to play it.
“I’m glad I didn’t let my fear from my past experience with Celie, because of where my life was at that time, stop me from doing something great,” Barrino said. “I’m on a good note right now.”
On social media, fans agree that she was the right choice for the role.
A new clip is circulating on X, formerly called Twitter, that shows Barrino at a table read for the production, when the actors read the script together.
Barrino is seen singing “I’m Here”, one of the film’s most famous songs, with only a small microphone attached to his shirt. Fans were stunned by the raw power of his voice, without any instruments or vocals accompanying it.
“Wow her performance was amazing! She really brought the character to life,” wrote one X user @franklyankish.
“For Fantasia to move me like that and it was on the table, read,” the user wrote @Boytrapbradshaw on a different version of the video posted on December 24, “you better go support The Color Purple tomorrow.”
“I am forever grateful to Fantasia,” said @iamMelsmith. “What a voice. What a soul.”
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