Jennifer Hudson to Star in Broadway’s ‘The Color Purple’
Jennifer Hudson will make her Broadway debut in a revival of The Color Purple this autumn, but instead of playing protagonist Celie, she’ll portray nightclub singer Shug Avery.
Shug, the part Hudson will play, is a nightclub singer who’s the mistress of Celie’s husband and who eventually becomes Celie’s lover.
Margaret Avery played the role in Stephen Spielberg’s 1985 movie adaptation of the Alice Walker novel.
Set in the deep American South between the wars, it is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man she calls ‘father’, she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker – a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually, Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves.