Three years after winning American Idol, Fantasia (she dropped Barrino long ago) steps into the Oprahfied musical version of Alice Walker’s 1982 book, The Color Purple. As the tragic Celie — who endures incest, beatings, and teen pregnancies — the star lands every line and hits all the right notes. But she’s cold and robotic, and never becomes the sprawling show’s much-needed emotional touchstone. Her rich, suitably scratchy voice is one saving grace: By the time Celie finds salvation with the bombastic ballad ”I’m Here,” you’ll be glad Fantasia is…but you’ll also wish she’d go back to making pop music. 2005 version: C+, 2007 version: C
The Color Purple Three years after winning American Idol, Fantasia (she dropped Barrino long ago) steps into the Oprahfied musical version of Alice Walker's ...The Color PurpleAllee Willis, Brenda Russell, Stephen Bray Three years after winning American Idol, Fantasia (she dropped Barrino long ago) steps into the Oprahfied musical version of Alice Walker's ...2007-05-25Kingsley Leggs
Starring: LaChanze, Renee Elise Goldsberry; Starring: Kingsley Leggs; Director: Gary Griffin; Author: Allee Willis, Brenda Russell, Stephen Bray; Opening Date: 12/01/2005
Posted May 25 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Andre 3000 joins ABC's 'American Crime'
- 'Descendants' react: Did the tale about junior Disney villains cast a spell?
- Casting Net: Gary Oldman joins space love story
- Josh Gad wraps 'Beauty and the Beast' filming, shares pic
- Remembering Roddy Piper's rowdy film career
- Why 'The Tribe' is the perfect videogame movie
- 'Fear the Walking Dead' producers offer hints about the show's timeline
- 'The Walking Dead' Season 6: 12 EW exclusive photos
- 10 must-have items from the 'Mad Men' auction: Exclusive
- Stars go back to work! 'Scandal,' 'Arrow,' 'The Good Wife,' more return to set
- Charlie Hunnam and Excalibur glisten in 'King Arthur' first look photos
- Here are the 2015 games we're looking forward to most
- Amy Poehler, Justin Theroux, Rihanna & More!