Jennifer Hudson To Make Broadway Debut In ‘The Color Purple’


Jennifer Hudson is heading to Broadway!

The R&B belter has been tapped to star in the revived version of theatre smash ‘The Color Purple’.

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ESSENCE revealed that the Oscar and Grammy winner will take on the role of Shug Avery. 

The report added:

The stage rendition will be a reworking of the London production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Alice Walker. Directed and designed by John Doyle’s Menier Chocolate Factory, it will feature music and lyrics from legendary singer-songwriter Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Producers are in talks with British actress Cynthia Erivo to reprise her London role as Miss Celie.

Oprah Winfrey and her theatrical business partner Scott Sanders (After Midnight) will co-produce the revival. The pair also produced the 2005 run.

We’re entirely “here” for this.

Longevity is all about knowing how to make the right power plays at the right time. And, with Hudson’s new album ‘JHUD’ not necessarily setting the charts alight, it’s smart business to maintain visibility on a major production such as this.

More than anything, Jennifer is an amazing talent and Broadway – at this present time – sounds like her best bet of showcasing that. It also feels like the most likely arena for her gift to be both appreciated and celebrated.

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  1. Jess January 9, 2015

    Seriously? She’s running out of options. Once irrelevant, always irrelevant. Dreamgirls was 2006. GIRL BYE

  2. FutureCIARA January 9, 2015

    Comin for Fannies WIG!

  3. Joe January 9, 2015

    Mmmm I LOVE snatch

  4. Kelly January 9, 2015

    Cannot wait to see her on PARKS AND REC next week! GYAL GO GET THEM!

  5. J booo January 9, 2015

    Yes! Just saw the trailer. Her and Amy Pohler are going to be so funny together.

  6. James January 9, 2015

    Broadway for an artist is the beginning of a down hill spiril in their career… Check the history of those that have done it.

  7. TAJ January 10, 2015

    Yall better talk to her before I do! Ima hurt her feelings! Tell her we tired of the yelling and screaming! Chile my ears aint been the same since she came out! Im going death before my grandmom and she dead. Im just praying her and Meek dont do a song together.

  8. Gee January 10, 2015

    Jennifer is a great fit for Broadway she has both the decent acting chops and big voice that’s required. Here’s to hopefully a successful stint.

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