It’s almost the long party weekend—you’re practically there, but you need a push to get you over this final hump. Well, the ladies of the upcoming The Color Purple revival have got you covered. Get ready for videos that will make you break the keyboard with 🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌
Let's kick it off with a small sampling—an amuse-bouche really—from Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. The Dreamgirls alum is already a Tony frontrunner for her debut performance as Shug Avery (and the show doesn’t begin previews until November 10!).
Now we all know and love Danielle Brooks as Taystee from Orange Is the New Black, but DAMN we were not ready for the acting moments and that gorgeous voice in this “One For My Baby” video. #Juilliard #HowLongUntilHELLNO
Joaquina Kalukango practically blew off the roof at City Center this summer as Kate in Lippa’s The Wild Party—I can still hear her wail on the “prohibition” at the beginning of “Look At Me Now”. 🙌 No doubt her Nettie is going to be a real treat. Now there’s a criminally low amount of Joaquina videos on YouTube, so here’s The Wild Party b-roll (Her part begins at :31) and some GIFs.
Now our real motive shines through: Cynthia Erivo. We’ve probably all heard her “I’m Here” by now, so this is about the snapping, hand waiving and sliding from the chair to the floor that happens watching her do Dreamgirls, Chess, Sister Act and more. #BuckleUp Get ready ‘cause this young Brit is going to be the breakout star of the B’way season.
The Color Purple begins previews November 10 at the Jacobs Theatre.