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Fantasia Shares Sweet Birthday Surprise From ‘The Color Purple’ Cast and L’Andrea Johnson

Happy Birthday, Fantasia! The singer turned 38 on Thursday and shared the sweetest birthday surprise she got while filming purple colour with his fans on Instagram.

Revealing that she is still working on the Blitz Bajwale-directed film adaptation of the Broadway musical for Eight More Days, 2004. American Idol Winner shared that her classmates, family and friends made a “special birthday video” for her and invited her close friend, Grammy winner L’Andrea Johnson, to meet her on set.

In the video posted to Fantasia’s page, Johnson hides behind a crew member and begins singing a soulful rendition of “Happy Birthday” to a close friend. The birthday girl is immediately overwhelmed and at the end of her song Johnson sings to her before the two give a warm hug.

“I’m still on the set filming ‘The Color Purple’ musical movie adaptation for 8 more working days and it was the best and most needed birthday ever, my sister @leandriajFantasia captioned the video post. “My cast, family, friends and the entire Color Purple cast made a special birthday video for me (Coming Soon). It gave me the necessary push to end this journey as Sealy once again.”

She added, “I have shed blood, sweat and tears for this role with very long nights, early mornings, sacrifices and pushing myself to new limits. I can’t wait for the world to see this fantasy. I want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes, gifts, calls, texts, posts, videos etc. Special thanks to my wonderful team. I love you all! Lele I love you to the moon and back. One of my One of my favorite Sangers.”

Fantasia’s comments were flooded with fans and friends wishing her birthday, including her co-star Taraji P. Henson. real housewives of atlanta Star Kandi Burruss, Robert Glasper and Dr. Bratt. Grammy winner Jazmine Sullivan also showed the Broadway actress some love, sharing wishes for her special day, saying she “can’t wait to see you in the role.”

purple colourThe film, which begins shooting in Georgia in March, is being produced by Steven Spielberg and Winfrey. Spielberg directed the 1985 film of the same name that starred Winfrey.

Fantasia reprized the role of Celie, which she first portrayed in her Broadway debut in 2007. Danielle Brooks stars as Sophia alongside her, with a cast that includes Henson Shug Avery as Domingo Mister, Mapasi Young as Celie, Corey Hawkins. As Harpo, Her as Squeak, Louis Gossett Jr as Ol Mister, David Alan Grier as Reverend Avery, Tamela J. Mann as First Lady, Halle Bailey as Young Netty, Ciara as Adult Netty, Dion Cole Alfonso and Stephen Hill as Buster.

Back in April, ET spoke with Fantasia about diving back into Selie and Sophia’s story and admitting that she came close to closing the door on occasion. And her experience — both personally and professionally — during her time on the Broadway musical from 2006 to 2007 was almost to blame.

“My life was everywhere at the time,” Fantasia said of playing Sealy for nearly nine months on stage. “So, Celie’s weight and carrying my weight was not fun. And I remember when they would ask me in interviews and on radio stations, I said, ‘Okay, I did it, but I’ll never do it again. “

Enter Scott Sanders, one of purple colourThe producers of Who called Fantasia about the role, but they had already prepared their answer.

“‘I can’t go back, I can’t do this again, Scott'” Fantasia recalled telling Sanders. “And he says, ‘Listen, I know where you are in your life right now. I see you’re married. I’m so proud of you and I’m so happy. But, there’s no one else who can.’ Can. This. We need you to do this.”

Suffice it to say, Fantasia, which won a Theater World Award for her Broadway performance, is now happy that she has come on board.

“It’s going to be absolutely amazing,” she said. “I’m glad I didn’t let that door shut. I talked it over with my whole family and everyone kept saying, ‘I think you should do this.'”

being on the set of purple colourslated to release in 2023, has also triggered a roller coaster of emotions.

“It’s been tough on set, it’s been funny on set, it’s been emotional on set, it’s been cold, it’s been hot,” she said. “I would also say – some of the places we’re filming are heavy, because literally we have slave homes that are years behind us. We can feel our ancestors. So, it’s heavy. But It also reminds us that he paved the way for us. It also reminds us that – to have an all-black cast – how much we want to make heaven for our ancestors and today’s generation.”

purple colour Is set to come out on December 20, 2023.

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