First there was Jennifer Hudson. Then there was Heather Headley. And now, veteran Broadway performer Jennifer Holliday, best known for her role as Effie White, in the iconic Dreamgirls play will be joining the cast of the Tony winning revival of The Color Purple. And like Hudson and Headley, Holliday will play the role of Shug Avery.
Holliday will be joining the cast on October 4, as Headley will end her run on October 2.
In a press release, Holliday said, “I was deeply moved by this truly uplifting production of The Color Purple and I am highly honored and absolutely thrilled to be joining this extraordinary cast. Nothing compares to performing before a Broadway audience and I can’t wait to return to the Broadway stage, where I started my career over 35 years ago.”
The director of the production, John Doyle, “There is a rich and significant legacy to the line of women who have been part of The Color Purple, and I am very honored and excited to work with another major actress as she assumes one of its iconic roles. I am very taken with Ms. Holliday’s approach to the character of Shug and I look forward to sharing how her integrity and experience will enrich this production of The Color Purple.”
We’ll be really interested to see what she does with this role.