Because it’s not like she has anything better to do than to continuously astound and astonish us.
Sorry, but Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo singing “Summertime” (a capella, damn it!) from Porgy & Bess accompanying American Ballet Theatre principle dancer Misty Copeland?
May I propose a brand new musical that involves only Misty Copeland dancing onstage, meanwhile Cynthia Erivo accompanies her a capella? Two groundbreaking women, both who’ve made history in her respective New York theatrical scenes, musical theatre and ballet, in the same show? Count me in.
Naturally, Copeland will need a break from the ABT, and Cynthia Erivo will eventually have to leave The Color Purple. And with open schedules and thirsty fans, this could make some producer’s pocketbook quite happy.
The mini-collaboration comes courtesy of Cosmopolitan magazine, who interviewed Copeland for their August 2016 issue. In the featured article, she talks about her rising career, her dancewear line, and Prince.
Last summer, Copeland leaped onto the map when ABT promoted her to principle dancer, becoming the first Black woman in the 76-history to hold the title. In the fall, she’d make her Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated revival of On the Town for select performances. This week, she’ll dance Romeo & Juliet at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia.
Broadway producers out there, I hope you’re watching, reading, and formulating something. Because as Erivo says, “different forms of art collide to create one,” just as it always should. #BlackGirlMagic is real.
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The Color Purple currently plays at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.