Casting for HAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE, WAITRESS Among 2017 Artios Awards Theatre Nominees~article from Broadwayworld.com

The Casting Society of America has announced the nominees for the 32nd Annual Artios Awards. The ceremony, which honors excellence in casting in all forms of entertainment, has included some of the theatre’s finest among their 2016 nominations. In addition…

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Tony Winners Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom, Jr. Join Forces for Elegant Soul~article from Playbill.com

Tony Award winners Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton) and Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) will join forces October 1 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for The 21st Annual Spotlight Gala of the Women’s Association of NJPAC, which supports NJPAC’s Department of…

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No longer ‘Frozen,’ Alex Timbers will tackle ‘Moulin Rouge’~article from AMNewYork.com

It was inevitable that Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge” would be adapted into a stage musical, although it did take a while. It was confirmed late last week that the project is now in development. Alex Timbers (who was recently removed from the Broadway-bound…

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Producer Scott Sanders to Direct Westfield Entertainment~article from New York Times

The Westfield Corporation, which recently opened a new mall in the World Trade Center Oculus, has tapped the Tony-winning producer Scott Sanders to direct its entertainment offerings. Westfield announced this week that it had acquired his company, Scott Sanders Productions — the…

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Carrie Compere Stars In The Color Purple On Broadway~article from BlackAmericaweb.com

New Jersey native Carrie Compere plays a Church Lady in the Color Purple on Broadway. Most known for her roles on stage in Holler If You Hear Me and Shrek, she talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about her role in the hit Broadway play and how after…

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Jennifer Holliday to Star in ‘The Color Purple’ on Broadway~article from New York.com

Yet another Dreamgirl will be joining the cast of The Color Purple. Jennifer Holliday will take on the role of Shug Avery, the charismatic blues singer, in the revival of the musical on October 4. Holliday won a Tony for her blazing…

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You’re Gonna Love Shug: Tony-Winning Dreamgirls Star Jennifer Holliday to Join The Color Purple on Broadway~article from Broadway.com

A new Shug Avery’s comin’ to town, and she is not goin’. Tony and Grammy winner Jennifer Holliday will step into the Broadway revival of The Color Purple. The Dreamgirls favorite is scheduled to take her first bow at the…

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Jennifer Holliday joining The Color Purple revival~article from US Entertainment

This time, Jennifer Holliday is following in Jennifer Hudson’s footsteps.  Read More… http://www.ew.com/article/2016/08/24/jennifer-holliday-color-purple    

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Jennifer Holliday to Join Cast of ‘The Color Purple’~article from The New York Times

Jennifer Holliday, the actress who won a Tony Award for her blistering performance as Effie White in the original production of “Dreamgirls,” is joining the cast of “The Color Purple.”  Read more… http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/theater/jennifer-holliday-to-join-cast-of-the-color-purple.html?_r=1  

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VIDEO: Misty Copeland Dances To THE COLOR PURPLE’s Cynthia Erivo’s ‘Summertime’~article from Broadwayworld.com

Two Broadway newcomers who made stunning first impressions recently teamed up to create a sumptuous combination of their artistry to the tune of George and Ira Gershwin’s PORGY AND BESS classic, “Summertime.” Cynthia Erivo, 2016’s Best Actress in a Musical…

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She’s Beautiful and She’s Here! The Color Purple Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo Receives Sardi’s Portrait~article from Broadway.com

The Color Purple Tony winner Cynthia Erivo was presented with a Sardi’s portrait on July 12.  See more…   http://www.broadway.com/shows/the-color-purple-broadway/photos/shes-beautiful-and-shes-here-the-color-purple-tony-winner-cynthia-erivo-receives-sardis-portrait/

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Tony Awards 2016: The Winners List~article from Access Hollywood

List of select winners for the 2016 Tony Awards, announced Sunday.  Read more… https://www.accesshollywood.com/articles/bc-us-tony-awards-list9th-ld-writethru/

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HAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE & MORE LIGHT UP THE 2016 TONY AWARDS~article from Broadway Black`

On Broadway’s biggest, and now most historic night, ten of the 14 Tony-nominated musicals of the 2015-2016 season brought light and life to the CBS telecast held at the Beacon Theatre. Watch the triumphant performances below:  See below http://broadwayblack.com/2016-tony-award-performances/  

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At the Tonys, Moments to Remember~article from The New York Times

In a Tony Awards night shadowed by the tragedy in Orlando, Fla., prizewinners and other performers worked hard to strike a balance between joy and reflection. Here are some moments to remember: The Hardest-Working Man in Showbiz Soon after delivering…

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Tony Awards 2016: Winners list, from ‘Hamilton’ to ‘The Humans’~article from AM New York

We knew it could happen: a “Hamilton” sweep. The must-see-but-can’t-obtain-tickets-for musical went into the ceremony with an unprecendented 16 nominations.  Lin-Manuel Miranda and his hip-hop musical did go home with armfuls of awards, but others – notably “The Humans” and “The…

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BROADWAY DRAMA: The Two STARS From Broadway’s A COLOR PURPLE . . . Are CAT-FIGHTING BACK STAGE . . . Can’t We All JUST GET ALONG!!!~MEDIATAKEOUT.COM

According to the NY Post’s Page Six, the two stars of the Broadway hit show A Color Purple are fighting. Not over money, or stage time . . . but over dressing rooms. Here is how the NY Post is…

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Chatter of dressing room drama at ‘The Color Purple’~article from Page Six NY Post

Heather Headley is the toast of Broadway, having successfully taken over for Jennifer Hudson in “The Color Purple.” But we hear one person who wasn’t thrilled with the details of Headley’s arrival at the Jacobs Theatre is the show’s megatalented…

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The Tony Awards: Who Will Win (and Who Should)~article from The New York Times

Ben Brantley and Charles Isherwood, the theater critics for The New York Times, make their Tony Award choices. For the Should Have Been Nominated category, the critics were allowed to expand the potential nominees to Off Broadway productions, which are…

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A Tribute to Prince from the cast of The Color Purple on Broadway~Youtube.com

A Tribute to Prince from the cast of The Color Purple on Broadway https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6KUTL0PXl0&feature=youtu.be

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Watch Jennifer Hudson Sing “Circle of Life” A Cappella~article from Playbill.com

Jennifer Hudson, who concludes her run in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple May 8, was a recent guest on The Daily Show. Hudson discussed her Broadway debut as well as her role in the forthcoming HBO film Confirmation. The former American Idol finalist also…

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Orange Is the New Black Star Reveals Her Favorite ‘Guilty Pleasure’ TV Shows~article fom Adweek.com

Specs Age 26 Claim to fame Stars as Taystee on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black; currently appearing as Sofia in The Color Purple on Broadway Base New York Twitter @thedanieb Adweek: What’s the first information you consume in the…

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VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson & James Corden Sing Public Domain Songs on LATE LATE SHOW~article from Broadwayworld.com

On last night’s LATE LATE SHOW, lacking a budget for licensed music, James and guest Jennifer Hudson duet on some popular tunes that don’t carry a price tag. Later, James asks Jennifer if she’s thought about how her career would have transpired…

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THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- THE COLOR PURPLE’s Patrice Covington~article from BroadwayWorld.com

Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with your favorite Broadway stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on! In this week’s edition, we caught up withPatrice Covington, who…

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CYNTHIA ERIVO: BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE~article from Broadway StyleGuide

Cynthia Erivo keeps following in Whoopi Goldberg’s footsteps. One of the British actress’s “first big jobs” was playing Deloris Van Cartier in the UK tour of, and now, she’s making her Broadway debut as Celie Harris in the TheColor Purple—both roles…

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The Color Purple~article from This Week In New York

The Color Purple achieves the extremely rare, elusive grand slam with its stirring new Broadway revival. Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for her 1982 novel about a horribly abused and mistreated girl in the Depression-era…

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The Color Purple, Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, New York — ‘Poignant’~Financial Times.com

Many of my friends find me hard to please. To them, I report that when Cynthia Erivo, who plays Celie in The Color Purple, finished her Act Two number, “I’m Here”, I shed my normal reserve and joined in the…

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Aisle View: The Color Purple in Radiant Bloom~article from The Huffington Post

In one of the more notable turnarounds in recent Broadway history, The Color Purple–which many viewers found self-deflated and uninvolving when it premiered in 2005–reveals itself upon its return (via London) as a stunning, exhilarating and altogether joyful theatrical experience….

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The Color Purple: EW stage review~article from Entertainment Weekly

Purple, the color purple, represents what’s beautiful in the world, the good things in creation. “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it,” writes Alice Walker in…

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The Color Purple:Theater Review~article from The Hollywood Reporter

Wow, what a difference a more-focused production makes. When the musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s searing story of abuse and deliverance, The Color Purple, premiered on Broadway in 2005, its rewards were compromised by the overblown production. Ten years later,…

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‘The Color Purple’ review: Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson shine bright in musical revival produced by Oprah Winfrey~article from The New York Daily News

My heart has suddenly grown fonder for “The Color Purple,” the musical that ended its first Broadway run in 2008. That’s just seven years ago. So the spike in appreciation for the show — produced, like last time, by Oprah…

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Jennifer Hudson, Without a Safety Net, Prepares for ‘The Color Purple’~article from NYTimes.com

A year ago, the producers of “The Color Purple,” the Broadway musical adapted from the Alice Walker novel, called the singer and actress Jennifer Hudson and asked if she would consider joining the cast of the show’s revival. Ms. Hudson…

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FRANKLYHANK: JENNIFER HUDSON’S BROADWAY DEBUT; BEYONCE’S DUET DISS~article from WindyCityLive.com

CHICAGO — Oscar and Grammy winner – and Chicago native – Jennifer Hudson is making her Broadway debut. Last night, previews began Tuesday night for “The Color Purple” in New York City. Hudson plays Shug Avery in this bare-bones production…

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See Jennifer Hudson Take Her Thrilling First Broadway Bow in The Color Purple! – article from Playbill.com

The Broadway production of The Color Purple began previews on Nov. 10. In this peek inside the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, stars Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks took the stage alongside fellow cast members for their first official…

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Jennifer Hudson Makes ‘The Color Purple’ Broadway Debut!~article from JustJared.com

Jennifer Hudson is all smiles while taking her first bow at the first preview of Broadway’s The Color Purple held at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Tuesday (November 10) in New York City.  Read more… http://www.justjared.com/2015/11/11/jennifer-hudson-makes-the-color-purple-broadway-debut/

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Jennifer Hudson, George Takei and Bruce Willis are the highlights of new Broadway season-article from USnews.com

NEW YORK (AP) — The new Broadway season hasn’t yet started in earnest and already there’s a front-runner for the Tony Awards next summer — “Hamilton.” But there are plenty of challengers hoping to steal its thunder over the next…

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Additional Casting Announced for Broadway’s The Color Purple~article from Playbill.com

Additional principal casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway revival of The Color Purple, which will begin previews Nov. 10 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, the musical has scheduled Dec. 10…

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