Jennifer Hudson Bids Farewell to The Color Purple Today

News   Jennifer Hudson Bids Farewell to The Color Purple Today
Aida star Heather Headley will return to Broadway in the musical revival.
Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo in <i>The Color Purple</i>
Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple Matthew Murphy

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson gives her last performance in the role of Shug Avery in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple at the May 8 matinee. Hudson has been regularly stopping the show with her rendition of the song “Push Da Button.”

Heather Headley, who won the 2000 Tony as Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Aida, will make a long-awaited return to Broadway in the role starting May 10.

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.

Headley will join a cast that includes 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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