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Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, and Danielle Brooks Take First Bows in The Color Purple

This trio make their Broadway debuts in the musical revival at the Jacobs Theatre.

Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo, and Joaquina Kalukango take their first bows in Broadway's The Color Purple.
(© David Godon)

John Doyle's new Broadway revival of The Color Purple had its first preview at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Tuesday, November 10, and TheaterMania was on hand to capture the curtain call.

The company is led by Cynthia Erivo as Celie, Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery, Danielle Brooks as Sofia, Isaiah Johnson as Mister, Joaquina Kalukango as Nettie, and Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo. The production's ensemble is made up of 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.

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Adapted from the novel of the same name by Alice Walker, The Color Purple features a book by Marsha Norman with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. It tells the story of a woman named Celie as she navigates her life in rural Georgia in the early 1900s. This production, which originated at London's Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013, has an opening night set for December 10.

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