Jennifer Holliday who originated the role of Effie White in in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls is back in The Color Purple on Broadway taking over the role of Shug Avery (the role she originated in this production) from Heather Headley.
She will play her first performance at New York's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on 4th October, with Headley leaving on 2nd October.
Holliday says: "I was deeply moved by this truly uplifting production of The Color Purple. I am highly honored and absolutely thrilled to be joining this extraordinary cast. Nothing compares to performing before a Broadway audience and I can't wait to return to the Broadway stage, where I started my career over 35 years ago.”
She joins Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks as Celie and Sofia with Isaiah Johnson as Mister, Joaquina Kalukango as Nettie, Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo and Patrice Covington as Squeak.