Oprah Winfrey in Talks to Make Her Broadway Debut in ‘Night, Mother’

Oprah Winfrey in Talks to Make Her Broadway Debut in 'Night, Mother'

Scott Sanders is producing the George C. Wolfe-directed revival, which will co-star Tony winner Audra McDonald

Fresh off a well-reviewed turn in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Oprah Winfrey is in talks to make her Broadway debut in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “’Night, Mother,” the New York Times reports.

A representative for Winfrey did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

Broadway veteran George C. Wolfe is expected to direct the production, which will star fellow Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as a mother desperate to prevent her daughter from killing herself.

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Scott Sanders is among the producers, who are reportedly aiming for the 2015-16 Broadway season.

“Oprah has had a longstanding desire to act on Broadway,” Sanders told the New York times. “She understands how unique and challenging performing live on stage will be as an actress. She and I have been looking at a number of plays and roles in order to find material and a character that truly resonate with her. We’ve recently read something that we’re both excited about but are not yet ready to officially announce the specifics.”

Winfrey and McDonald are believed to have participated in a reading of “Night, Mother” last year with Wolfe at Sanders’ apartment.

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Winfrey is currently working with Sanders on a stripped-down Broadway revival of the musical “The Color Purple,” having previously teamed to produce the original “Color Purple” production in Broadway in 2005.

“’Night, Mother” was written by Marsha Norman, who worked with Winfrey and Sanders as the book writer on “The Color Purple.”

  • Alan Taylor

    Strange vehicle for a musical but maybe I'm myopic.

    • JAJ

      It says this, “Night, Mother”, will be a revival of the play….not a musical. They aren't turning this into a musical.

  • Don B Cooper

    Wow, I can hardly WAIT to miss that.

  • fitzzz

    It will bomb, and she will blame it all on racism
    Just for starters Oprah is way too out of shape to do eight shows a week
    She also has a very high opinion of herself, which will not go over well with the B'way union boys
    And finally she is now so disliked by people for misleading them , she was Obama's biggest cheer leader, she knew he was a liar, she sat next to him, listening to Rev Wrights rants, but she told her followers to vote for him

  • Daniel Sterling Sample

    Oprah, Baby, The Hollywood gangsters want you to fail and “Nite, Mother” is the perfect vehicle to pull you down. If they could, they would “disappear” you quicker than you can say “Arsenio”. I hope you are not sinking your own money into this disaster. Daniel Sterling Sample in beautiful downtown Hollywood. sample.daniel@gmail.com Break a leg!