Fantasia is currently starring as Celie (Whoopi Goldberg in the film) in The Color Purple the Musical on Broadway. I was invited to see this shit last week and give my opinion, because I'm like a serious theater critic. Basically, I know two things. I know when I'm entertained and I know when I'm not.
I was entertained, but it came at a price. Fantasia can sing, but homegirl can't act and that's what made it entertaining. I love watching bad acting. Homegirl's got heart and the audience nearly cacas their chonies when she sings "I'm Here" which is like Celie's anthem or something.
The musical also closely follows the book more than the movie did. In the book Celie gets straight-up lesbo with Shug Avery. Seeing Fantasia reach for the beaver seemed very natural like watching a bear catch trout. She was made for that sort of thing.
Fantasia also proves (above) that high-waisted needs to stop! It shouldn't even be allowed onstage or in film. I don't care if it's a "period" thing!
So if you love Fantasia and you love loud audiences (I mean they talked back and everything) you'll love The Color Purple.
for details and need to listen to sound clips and shit.