It has been announced that Danielle Brooks will star as Sofia in the upcoming Broadway revival of The Color Purple.
Best known for starring in Orange Is the New Black, Brooks joins West End star Cynthia Erivo as Celie and Academy Award-winning Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery. All three performers are making their Broadway debuts.
Speaking to Essence, Brooks said: "[The Color Purple] was actually the first Broadway show that I saw 10 years ago, and to now get to step into the part… my heart flutters every time I think about it."
The show is directed by John Doyle who also directed The Color Purple's UK premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory starring Erivo. The Color Purple opens at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on 3rd December 2015 (previews from 9th November). Oprah Winfrey is producing the production (she also produced the original 2005 Broadway production).
The Color Purple features a book by Marsha Norman, lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and music by Russell and Willis. Based on the novel by Alice Walker, the musical tells the story of Celie, a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her voice in the world.