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Cynthia Erivo: I hope my Tonys win is a ‘sign of things to come’

Cynthia Erivo at Aladdin opening night, Prince Edward Theatre. Photo: David Tett Cynthia Erivo at Aladdin opening night, Prince Edward Theatre. Photo: David Tett
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Cynthia Erivo has said she hopes her historic Tony Award win is a “sign of things to come” in terms of diversity in the sector.

Erivo won a Tony for her performance in The Color Purple at the Tonys last weekend, with all four of the musical theatre performance prizes going to black actors for the first time.

Speaking to The Stage at the opening night of Aladdin in the West End, she said: “It took us a minute to realise that was the case but I think that it is awesome. I hope that it’s a sign of things to come and that it is the way we are heading, for people that are good at their work to be recognised whatever colour, creed and wherever they come from.”

Erivo described her own win as “strange and amazing” and said the journey she had been on had “been nothing like I could ever have imagined”.

She revealed that Oprah Winfrey had been giving her advice about the future, and what roles she might take.

“She said I should be unafraid of what is coming next, as there will be some wonderful things coming, and to be open and grateful and happy about what is happening now,” she said.

The actor ruled out bringing The Color Purple back to London, saying she did not want to do the piece so much that it loses “its special spark”.

She also said the UK had not lost her to New York, adding that she would like to “go back and forth”.

Speaking about the future, she said she would like to do a film and a play.

“I don’t know if I will get the chance to do another musical, but I would like to be in something I am involved in from the get-go, that is new and fresh,” she said.

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