WATCH: Cynthia Erivo Performing A Song From ‘The Color Purple’ Is NSFW Unless You Don’t Mind Crying At Work

Not everyone can make the trip to New York and afford to buy a Broadway ticket, but thanks to the internet, you can get a taste of the powerhouse performances that happen on stages nightly. Soon-to-be Tony winner (probably), Cynthia Erivo performed “Here” from The Color Purple on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and goddamn did she deliver.

The Tonys are right around the corner, and although Hamilton will probably walk away with many of the awards, Erivo is likely to win her first Tony for Best Actress In A Musical for portraying the lead character Celie in the revival of The Color Purple currently on Broadway. This is her Broadway debut, and she is straight up killing it night after night.

People have taken to Twitter following her performance on Late Show, because people seem to take to Twitter for just about anything. This fan went so far as to say that Erivo is the “new Whitney.”

These are bold words, but I can’t say that I disagree.

Speaking of taking to Twitter, let’s not forget Erivo’s Color Purple co-star Jennifer Hudson’s response when she was snubbed for a Tony nomination. Although the Tweet was deleted, it will live on in my memory until the end of time. It was just so good.

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I understand why she deleted it. Hudson’s an Academy Award winning actress! Of course she’s going to feel snubbed when the Tony committee failed to nominate her. The tweet is amazing because it throws shade while being rather self-deprecating at the same time. It’s complex. It’s why Twitter is so very interesting in the first place: we sometimes get to see celebrities as the complex human beings that they are (until they delete that shit, anyway).

But I digress. Here’s the video you clicked on this article for. Warning: Do not watch in an environment where you do not feel comfortable feeling all the feels.

OK, now I have goosebumps.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her sing this live when I saw The Color Purple about a month a ago. I can’t recommend this show enough. Yes, Hamilton is Hamilton, but this is a great reminder that there are other beautiful, poignant shows out there too.

Oh boy, my inner theatre-nerd is showing hard core right now. I’ll see myself out. BYE.