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If there is anyone who believes in the power of The Color Purple as much as Oprah, it's superstar composer/producer/publisher/you-name-it Quincy Jones who produced the film version in 1985.

When he cast an unknown Oprah Winfrey in the role of Sofia 20 years ago, he had words of encouragement that stuck with her through the years. "When I first started this work, Quincy Jones said to me—and, you know, at the time, I'd never acted before in my life—he said, 'Baby,' and he looked me in the eye, 'your future is so bright it burns my eyes,'" Oprah says.

Now that the show is about to open, Quincy is excited that Alice Walker's story will touch a whole new audience. "It's a continuum," Quincy explains. "It's so packed with divinity and hard work from Scott and the writers and the incredible cast. It's passed, I think, the human element. It's total divinity."

The Color Purple premiered December 1, 2005 , and is on Broadway now! Get your tickets today!
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