After saying so long to Keke Palmer following her final performance in “Cinderella,” we’re ready to welcome another brown girl to Broadway. According to the Entertainment Weekly, Jennifer Hudson has been cast to play Shug Avery in Oprah Winfrey’s Broadway revival of the Alice Walker drama.
This will be Jennifer’s first role in a musical since her memorable role as Effie White in the 2006 remake of Dreamgirls, which earned her an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Earlier today, the 33-year-old Chicago native took to Twitter to share the exciting news with fans.
“So excited to make my Broadway debut this fall as Shug Avery in the revival of #TheColorPurple!” she tweeted.
So far, other casting details have not been disclosed. The production is being directed by John Doyle. He previously debuted “The Color Purple” in 2013 in London. The musical was written by Marsha Norman. Music and lyrics for the production have been arranged by Grammy-winning trio Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.
Considering how well she did in her Dreamgirls role, we’re totally here for this!