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.