My first job out of college was as a marketing intern at a theater production company in Chicago. During my time there The Color Purple had become a huge hit on Broadway and Oprah, who'd starred in the movie version of Alice Walker's novel, decided to bring it to the Windy City. Because she staged the production in one of the theaters that was run by my company, I ended up with four tickets to opening night, so my parents took the train in from Michigan to join Kelly and I in an audience that included Oprah (and Stedman), R. Kelly and Roger Ebert. Needless to say, my mom fell in love with the show and it was, forever after, a special memory we shared.
I like to think that my mom was there with us at the Orpheum Theatre last night when, during the first curtain call, an emotional Sidney turned to Bevan and pulled him into the tightest hug and said, "Thank you, dad."