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Jennifer Hudson departing Broadway's 'The Color Purple' and being replaced by Heather Headley

UPI News Service, 04/08/2016 

Jennifer Hudson will wrap-up her six-month run in Broadway's "The Color Purple" on May 8.

"These last six months have been nothing short of a dream come true. I have found an extended family in the cast of 'The Color Purple' that will go far beyond my commitment on-stage," the  former "American Idol" contestant said in a statement Thursday.

"I owe so much to the Broadway community and our audiences. My heart is full as I say to Broadway, 'until we meet again.'"

Heather Headley will take over the role of Shug Avery in the revival of the musical on May 10.

This will be her first appearance on Broadway since winning the 2000 Tony Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance in "Aida."

"I was privileged to see John Doyle's production of 'The Color Purple' and was completely moved and bowled over by his beautiful work and this brilliant company," said Headley.

"I am humbled to be joining this immensely talented group of actors. I can't think of a better way to return to the Broadway stage than in this extraordinary show, helping to tell Alice Walker's story."

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