Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Full casting announced for The Color Purple's Broadway revival starring Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson

Full casting has been announced for the Broadway revival of The Color Purple.

As previously announced West End actress Cynthia Erivo will play Celie, reprising her performance from the musical's London run. 

The cast also includes Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (Shug Avery), Orange Is the New Black star Danielle Brooks (Sofia), Isaiah Johnson (Mister), Joaquina Kalukango (Nettie) and Kyle Scatliffe (Harpo).

Completing the cast are: Phoenix Best, Dwayne Clark, Lawrence Clayton, Carrie Compere, Patrice Covington, Adrianna Hicks, Bre Jackson, Grasan Kingsberry, Kevyn Morrow, Ken Robinson, Antoine L. Smith, Carla R. Stewart, Akron Watson, and Rema Webb.

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, having 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.

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