The wait is almost over to see three Broadway Black actresses star in The Color Purple’s revival when tickets to the musical go on sale at the end of June.
Announced earlier this year the adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, and the Academy-Award-winning film, will introduce audiences to upcoming actresses and feature actresses who are already entertainment industry power players.
When the show begins previews in November new life will be given to classic, which Oprah Winfrey has signed on to produce.
The Color Purple chronicles the life of Celie, a soft spoken Georgia woman who is married off at young age, writes letters to God, and the colorful characters she meets as she grows wiser and finds her voice.
The revival cuts approximately 30 minutes of material from the original production, but makes up for it by featuring some of the most sought after Black actresses.
Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson will make her Broadway debut when she takes the role as one of show’s most out-spoken characters Shug Avery.
According to the New York Post, the actress was looking for a Broadway role, and Winfrey personally extended the offer to her after she sang, “I’m here” from The Color Purple at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors.
Rising British actress, Cynthia Erivo who starred in the Menier Chocolate Factory production in London in 2013, will reprise her role of Celie and make her Broadway debut.
Also tapped to breathe new life into the production is breakout star of the popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black Danielle Brooks.
The Julliard grad will take on the role of Sofia, the character played by Winfrey in the film adaptation.
2006 was the last time the musical was on Broadway and the production earned eleven 2006 Tony Awards nominations and grossed more than $100 million.
The Color Purple will be at the Bernard B. Jacobs theatre from Nov. 10 to Dec. 5 with tickets going on sale June 30 to the general public. However, you can order pre-sale if you are an audience rewards member. Sign up! It’s Free.
Dave Chappelle Live On Broadway Grosses Over 1.4 Million Despite Blackout
Comedian Dave Chappelle made his Broadway debut July 9th with Dave Chappelle Live on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
Originally scheduled to close July 13th the residency was extended an additional week through July 20. Made possible by the In Residence on Broadway series which is a collaboration between Live Nation, The Araca Group, and Entertainment Benefits Group.
Saturday nights are the money makers on Broadway especially during the middle of July, in what we New Yorkers like to call tourist season. However, that all came crashing down when a power outage shut down most of the 41 Broadway houses this past Saturday. The blackout didn’t stop the show for most of those Broadway casts. They took to singing in the New York City streets, but the overall Broadway ticket sales took a 10% hit for the week.
Chappelle somehow came out unbothered by the blackout in his first week on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne. In just four nights on Broadway, the comedian raked in over 1.4 million, making him the 6th highest selling ticket of the week with an average ticket price of $243. He followed behind Hamilton at $2.67m The Lion King at $2.39m, To Kill a Mockingbird at $1.7m, Wicked at $1.5m, and Moulin Rouge at 1.49m.
So, your Saturday night show is canceled, what do you do? Dave Chappelle does to impromptu sets at Gramercy Theatre and The Comedy Cellar.
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Cuba Gooding Jr. Returns to the Role of Billy Flynn in Chicago
Show me the money! Cuba Gooding Jr. (A Trip to Bountiful) returns to Broadway’s ‘Chicago.’
Oscar Winner and Broadway alumni, Cuba Gooding Jr., has returned to Broadway. Cuba has returned to ‘Chicago’ through February 10th. After a previous Broadway and West End run in the show, Cuba is back playing Billy Flynn. Now taking on the role for the third time, Cuba is back and better than Ever.
“This is the first time I’ve sang professionally, period. This is my first musical” Cuba said, “The hardest thing I’ve ever done physically is singing and dancing, eight shows a week, six days a week.”
The Oscar winner returned to the Ambassador Theatre on January 7th to do a month-long run in the show. He’d previously spent six weeks in the role in October of 2018 and before that he’d opened the show’s west end revival. Cuba is the latest in the line of stars to join the Broadway company of Chicago. Cuba is joining the likes of Todrick Hall, Tony Yazbeck, Usher Raymond, and Wayne Brady as one of the few stars to play Billy Flynn on Broadway. Cuba is ready to bring the “razzle dazzle” to the Ambassador Theatre, eight shows a week, and we’re prepared to see him hit his mark and take the stage.
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