Winfrey made her film debut to critical acclaim in the 1985 film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
The New York Times Monday reported Winfrey is putting more than $1 million dollars into the musical, which will appear on the marquee as "Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Color Purple."
"It's been a secret dream of mine to be part of Broadway," Winfrey told the Times.
The show is scheduled to go into previews at The Broadway Theater Nov. 1 and open Dec. 1.
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