Heather Headley, who earned a Tony Award in 2000 for her performance in Aida, was presented with a Sardi's portrait earlier today.

Heather Headley shows off her gorgeous new Sardi's portrait.
Heather Headley shows off her gorgeous new Sardi's portrait.
(© Seth Walters)

Before her Tony-winning performance, Headley originated the role of Nala in Broadway's The Lion King — a role that marked her Broadway debut in 1997. She went on to pursue a music career, releasing her debut album This Is Who I Am in 2002 and earning a Grammy for her 2009 album Audience of One. In 2012, she made her London stage debut in the West End production of The Bodyguard, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award.

Healther Headley (center) with her proud Color Purple costars Danielle Brooks (left) and Cynthia Erivo (right).
Healther Headley (center) with her proud Color Purple costars Danielle Brooks (left) and Cynthia Erivo (right).
(© Seth Walters)

Following a 16-year absence from the Broadway stage, Headley joined the cast of The Color Purple at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on May 10, stepping in for the production's original Shug Avery, Jennifer Hudson. She was joined by her costars at Sardi's to commemorate the landmark event.

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