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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 Purple 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
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The Color Purple

Starring: LaChanze, Renee Elise Goldsberry; Starring: Kingsley Leggs; Director: Gary Griffin; Author: Allee Willis, Brenda Russell, Stephen Bray; Opening Date: 12/01/2005

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

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