"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 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."