FANTASIA   DECLARES         “I’M HERE”
The Color Purple      Broadway's Hit Musical Welcomes the Soulful
Singing Sensation As The  New
CELIE  -- Beginning Tuesday  April 10th
NEW YORK April 3, 2007 - The
producers of
The Color
Purple have confirmed that
American Idol Season 3
winner
Fantasia Barrino is
set to make her Broadway
debut in the starring role of
Celie, April 10, 2007
To date, she has gathered more than 20
award nominations including Grammy,   
American Music,Vibe Soul Train, Billboard,  
BET, NAACP and Teen Choice.  

Now she's working hard to garner
TONY,
with her Broadway debut as Celie, the heart
and soul of
THE COLOR PURPLE.

Fantasia has the distinction of being the first
American Idol winner to star in a Broadway
show.

No stranger to acting,
Fantasia also broke
records of a different kind after authoring a
New York Times best-selling autobiography
Life Is Not A Fairy Tale (Simon & Schuster,
September 2005) and starring in The
Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairytale,
the
Debbie Allen-directed Lifetime original
movie adaptation of her truthful, outspoken,
and ultimately healing memoir in Aug 2006.
As a 19-year old single
mother,
Fantasia began her
path to international star-
dom when
she became the
winner of FOX’s hugely
successful audience-driven
singing competition in May
2004.  

Now 22, Barrino has
maintained her down to earth
nature, all the while earning
the respect of an industry and
garnering critical acclaim for
the release of both her
debut
album Free Yourself,  
Billboard Hot 100 chart  #1  
single “I Believe” and her
critically acclaimed second
album,
FANTASIA, released
by J Records, Dec 12, 2006.
Now in its 2nd smash year on Broadway,
the producers of THE COLOR PURPLE
have announced that in less than a year,
the production has recouped its entire
$11 million investment.  Since its first
preview on Nov 1, 2005
THE COLOR
PURPLE has the highest cumulative
attendance figures of any new Broadway
show of the 2005-2006 season.  Nearly
750,000 audience members from
across the country and around the world
have seen the production.

The Color Purple, which celebrated its
first year anniversary Dec  1, 2006 has
grossed over $60 million in ticket sales.

Having garnered 11 2006
Tony Award
nominations, THE COLOR PURPLE  
announced its first North American Tour,
which kicks off in Chicago on April 17,
2007 at The Cadillac Palace Theatre.

From
Alice Walker’s classic Pulitzer
Prize-winning novel and the landmark
film by
Steven Spielberg, comes a soul-
stirring musical.
The Color Purple is an
inspiring and unforgettable story of a
woman, who, through love, finds the
strength to triumph over adversity and
discover her unique voice in the world.

With a moving book and a score
featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues,
It ranks as the
LIFETIME channel’
second most
watched movie --
and has been seen
by 19 million
viewers.  
The Color Purple is about
hope, a testament to the
healing power of love and a
celebration of life.

The production features
scenic design by Tony Award
winner John Lee Beatty,
costume design by Paul
Tazewell, lighting design by
Tony Award winner Brian
MacDevitt and sound design
by Jon Weston.  The
orchestrations are by
Jonathan Tunick, Kevin Stites
is the Music Supervisor and
Linda Twine is the Musical
Director.

The Color Purple is produced by

Oprah Winfrey,
Scott Sanders,
Roy Furman,
Quincy Jones,
Creative Battery, Anna Fantaci &
Cheryl Lachowicz, Independent
Presenters Network, Lowy
Family Group, Stephanie
McClelland, Gary Winnick, Jan
Kallish, Nederlander
Presentations, Inc.,
Bob and
Harvey Weinstein, Andrew Asnes
& Adam Zotovich, and Todd
Johnson.  Tickets  can be
purchased  
Telecharge.com/(212) 239-6200
or at The Broadway Theatre Box
Office, 1681 Broadway at 53rd
Street.  Tickets are scaled at
$116.25 to $26.25.   
'The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale.'