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‘Eclipsed’ Crew Says Who They’d Like to See Play Nina Simone

 “Who wouldn’t like to play Nina Simone? She’s amazing!” says Danai Gurira. 
‘Eclipsed’ Crew Says Who They’d Like to See Play Nina Simone
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It’s been a tug-of-war regarding Zoe Saldana’s role as Nina Simone in the biopic Nina. Stars, producers, family members of the late singer, as well as her “ghost” have contributed their thoughts on the controversy. Weighing in now are the crew members of Broadway show Eclipsed, starring Lupita Nyong’o.

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“I’ve always thought Adepero Oduye, who did [Eclipsed] back in the day, as did Uzo Aduba, should’ve played Nina,” Eclipsed director Liesl Tommy tells Page Six at the Eclipsed Broadway debut on Sunday. “I personally think the more people of color telling people-of-color stories, the less likelihood this thing with the Nina Simone story would happen.”

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There we have it folks, confirmation that Danai Gurira would have been excited to play Nina Simone.

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Eclipsed, which debuted on Sunday, is the first Broadway play to be written, directed and performed by all women.