The Color Purple just got bigger and better ( if that’s possible)!
Jennifer Holliday, who famously originated the role of Effie White in Dreamgirls, is returning to Broadway to join the cast of The Color Purple.
Holliday will play Shug Avery, a role originated by Jennifer Hudson, who ironically won an Oscar for playing Effie in the film version of Dreamgirls. Holliday will come in to replace Heather Headley, who currently plays Avery, on October 4 (Headley will give her last performance on October 2).
Ms. Holliday has a history with “The Color Purple” — in 2014, she appeared in a “mini-tour” of the show, playing Sofia.