The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announces Cynthia Erivo and Friends, presented in the Eisenhower Theater on December 6, 2023. Additional artists joining Erivo will be announced at a later date.
Cynthia Erivo is a Grammy®, Emmy®, and Tony Award®– winning actress, singer, author, and producer, as well as an Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and SAG nominee. Since bursting onto the West End and Broadway stages in The Color Purple, she has taken the world by storm. Erivo has received widespread critical acclaim for her work, including two Academy Award® nominations, two Golden Globe® Awards nominations, and a Grammy Award® nomination for her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in 2019’s HARRIET, in addition to offering her voice to the movie’s title song, “Stand Up,” which she co-wrote. Erivo also received SAG and Emmy Award® nominations for her portrayal of Aretha Franklin in National Geographic’s Emmy®– winning global anthology series, Genius: Aretha.
Erivo can next be seen starring in and executive producing DRIFT, which is directed by Anthony Chen. DRIFT follows a young Liberian refugee named Jacqueline (Erivo) who has barely escaped her war-torn country to a Greek island. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2023 and opened to rave reviews. Erivo also co-wrote and sing the song “It Would Be” alongside Laura Mvula for the film.
She will star in Universal’s film adaptation of the hit musical Wicked, where she will star as Elphaba opposite Ariana Grande’s Glinda in the highly anticipated film from director Jon M. Chu. Part 1 of Wicked will be released on November 27, 2024. Part 2 of Wicked will be released on November 26, 2025.
In addition to her distinguished acting career, Erivo is a Grammy®–winning songwriter and performer, often headlining sold-out shows, symphonies, and music spaces including the Kennedy Center Honors, the 2020 Academy Awards®, the 2017 Governor’s Ball and the 2017 Grammy Awards®.