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An Emotional Opening for Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, and The Color Purple

John Doyle's new Broadway revival of the acclaimed musical, which also stars Danielle Brooks, brought the audience to its feet — and the cast to tears. logo

It was an opening night filled with intense emotion for the new Broadway cast of The Color Purple. A prolonged standing ovation greeted the company during the curtain call, leaving stars Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, and Danielle Brooks, crying tears of pride and joy. But they were all smiles at the after-party, where they, alongside writers Allee Willis and Marsha Norman, and director John Doyle, discussed how proud they are to be part of this transcendent experience.