NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway’s revival of “The Color Purple” has lured a real dream girl — Jennifer Holliday.

This Jan. 15, 2014 file photo shows actress and singer Jennifer Holliday during an interview in Atlanta. Holliday will take over the role of Shug Avery from Heather Headley in "The Color Purple," on Oct. 4. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

This Jan. 15, 2014 file photo shows actress and singer Jennifer Holliday during an interview in Atlanta. Holliday will take over the role of Shug Avery from Heather Headley in “The Color Purple,” on Oct. 4. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

The Tony- and Grammy-winning singer takes over the role of Shug Avery from Heather Headley on Oct. 4. Headley took over from Jennifer Hudson at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Holliday won a Tony in “Dreamgirls” as Effie “Melody” White — belting out a memorable “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” She has appeared on TV and released her last CD in 2014, “The Song is You.”

“The Color Purple” musical is a stage version of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in rural Georgia that covers a lifetime of events observed by Celie, a homely, uneducated farm woman whose dreams are repeatedly shattered by the cruelty of males.

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Online:

http://colorpurple.com

 

Mark Kennedy

AP Drama Writer