Heather Headley to Replace Jennifer Hudson in ‘The Color Purple’

Heather HeadleyJennifer Hudson’s leaving stage left and Heather Headley’s entering stage right.

Heather Headley joins the cast of the Broadway musical, ‘The Color Purple’ as Suge Avery, the role Jennifer Hudson has been playing for the past six months.

Hudson’s last day gracing the stage will be May 8th and Headley will begin her stage stint on May 10. As sad as it is to say bye to Hudson, we’re excited to see Headley return to the stage.

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Before winning a Grammy for her contemporary Gospel album, she won a Tony for her title role in ‘Aida’ and before that she graced the stage as Nala in ‘The Lion King.’

Headley will join the cast which already includes ‘Orange is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks (OITNB) and British singer-songwriter Cynthia Erivo.



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