Additional Casting Announced for Broadway's The Color Purple | Playbill

News Additional Casting Announced for Broadway's The Color Purple Additional principal casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway revival of The Color Purple, which will begin previews Nov. 10 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, the musical has scheduled Dec. 10 as opening night.

Newly announced for the cast are Isaiah Johnson in the role of Mister; Joaquina Kalukango as Nettie; and Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo. These artists join the previously reported Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks.

Isaiah Johnson

The Color Purple is produced by Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, Tom Siracusa, Caiola Productions, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Darren Bagert, Candy Spelling, Adam Zotovich, Eric Falkenstein/Morris Berchard, Just For Laughs Theatricals/Tanya Link Productions, Jam Theatricals, Adam S. Gordon, Independent Presenters Network.

This pared-down revival was first seen at London's Menier Chocolate Factory, directed and designed by Tony winner Doyle (The Visit, Sweeney Todd, Company), who will recreate that production on Broadway.  The London staging also featured musical supervision by Catherine Jayes, choreography by Ann Yee, costumes by Matthew Wright, lighting by Jane Cox and sound by Gregory Clarke.

Erivo, who earned raves from U.K. and American critics for her performance in the London production, will repeat her performance as Celie on Broadway. She is joined by Grammy, Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winner Hudson ("Dreamgirls") in her Broadway debut as Shug Avery. Brooks, known for her role as Taystee on the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black," will star as Sofia.


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