Cast of Broadway's 'The Color Purple'

Weeks before the first curtain call, the cast of Broadway's new hit, The Color Purple , gave Oprah's audience an exclusive sneak peek of the production. But, after the show ended, the cameras kept rolling and the cast kept singing.

Elizabeth Withers-Mendes, the actress who plays Shug Avery (far right), got the joint jumpin' with her rousing rendition of "Push Da Button"—one of Oprah's favorite songs from the musical.

For 20 years, Oprah says she has held The Color Purple dear to her heart. When the book was first released, she wanted everyone to read it. Now, she thinks everyone should see the play, which she describes as a "piece of grace." Get your tickets today!
Kirstie Alley

In November 2005, Kirstie Alley revealed that she had dropped 50 pounds and lost 17 percent body fat since her first appearance on The Oprah Show . How did she go from Fat Actress to fabulous?

She says Jenny Craig's diet plan, a healthy lifestyle and a special exercise routine helped her slim down. Kirstie doesn't jog, swim or bike…she dances! Oprah learned Kirstie's hip-hop routine with the help of choreographers Rich and Flii. Now you can too!

What else happened After the Show ? Oprah was inspired to have a little Faith!
Faith Hill

When Oprah and country star Faith Hill met for the first time , they realized they had a lot more in common than both being "Mississippi girls." During rehearsals the night before Faith was scheduled to perform on The Oprah Winfrey Show , she sang a gospel hymn that just happens to be one of Oprah's favorites.

Oprah says the hymn, "I Surrender All," helped change her life more than 20 years ago.

When Oprah was auditioning for a role in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple , she says she became obsessed with getting a part in the movie and went to a "fat farm" to try to lose 50 pounds. While running on the track one day, Oprah says she began singing "I Surrender All" to try to let go of her obsession. "I prayed and I sang and I prayed and I sang and I cried," Oprah says. "I literally 'surrendered it.'"

Moments later, a woman ran out to the track and told Oprah she had a phone call…from Steven Spielberg. He offered her the role of Sophia and told her not to lose any more weight.

"That moment of surrendering was a life-changing moment for me," Oprah says. "I learned in that moment that you do all that you can do, and when you've done everything that you know how to do, you surrender it to the power that's greater than yourself."
George Clooney fields questions from fans

After the show, audience members bombarded George Clooney with their burning questions. One fan wanted to know why George is drawn to Italy, where he owns a house. "They eat well … the wine's great, their architecture's amazing. It's been a great lesson for me in terms of drinking," George jokes.

When he's back on American soil, George says he's happy to call Los Angeles his home. "People like to knock it and say it's very superficial. I find there are very superficial people everywhere, and I like superficial people. They lie to me, and I enjoy that," he says, laughing.
Jamie Foxx and Common perform

Like the title of his new CD, the multitalented Jamie Foxx is truly Unpredictable . After he set the record straight about his relationship with Oprah , Jamie and rapper Common gave fans an unexpected concert that had all the ladies swooning. What's the tune they're singin' for mothers-to-be? "Baby, you still got it!"

"I'm still in love with your figure…I'm still amazed by your smile…Girl, I'm so proud you're my lady, having my baby…and you're still driving me crazy!"
FROM: George Clooney, Faith Hill and Kirstie Alley: What You Didn't See
Published on December 09, 2005


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