Heather Headley Gives Shug Avery a Shake in The Color Purple

The Tony- and Grammy-winning singer fills Jennifer Hudson's shoes for her Broadway return.

On May 10, Heather Headley begins her run as Shug Avery in John Doyle's revival of The Color Purple. Stepping in for Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, the role marks her first return to Broadway since her Tony-winning performance in Aida. During rehearsals, the acclaimed singer and actress sat down with TheaterMania to talk about what she plans to bring to the part — a change of pace from her typical characters, but one she's excited to bring a new flavor to.

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