Heather Headley, who won the 2000 Tony as Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Aida, concludes her long-awaited return to Broadway as Shug Avery in the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple October 2.
Headley will take her final bow in the role after the 3 PM matinee. She's been in the show since May 10, when she replaced Jennifer Hudson, who opened the production. She will be followed in the role of Shug by Tony winner Jennifer Holliday, who begins October 4.
Headley made her Broadway debut as Nala in the original 1997 cast of The Lion King. Since her Tony-winning performance in Aida, Headley has appeared on Broadway only once, briefly, as a guest star in the 2013 concert show Il Divo—A Musical Affair. In additon to her 2009 album Audience of One, which earned a Grammy Award as Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album, Headley earned an Olivier Award nomination for toplining the London musical stage adaptation of the Whitney Houston film The Bodyguard.
The cast is headed by Tony winner Cynthia Erivo in the lead role of Celie.
The Color Purple opened December 10, 2015, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
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