With much respect, Cynthia Erivo takes on Queen of Soul


Cynthia Erivo portrays Aretha Franklin in a scene from the National Geographic miniseries “Genius: Aretha.” (Richard DuCree/National Geographic via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tony Awards could bring Cynthia Erivo another Emmy.

Days after the British performer belted Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” during a red carpet interview at the 2019 Tonys — explaining that it is her guilty pleasure song — she got a call from the producers of the National Geographic series “Genius: Aretha.”

Fast forward two years and Erivo is playing the Queen of Soul in the eight-episode series debuting March 21.

Erivo, a Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner, says portraying Franklin was a dream come true and she worked hard to pull off the role.

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