Grammy Winners Jennifer Hudson & Harvey Mason Jr. Reunite for ‘Color Purple’ Revival

Photo: Matthew Murphy

Photo: Matthew Murphy

As Jennifer Hudson preps for her theatrical debut as Shug Avery in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, the singer/actress has reunited with a fellow Dreamgirls alumnus: songwriter/producer Harvey Mason Jr. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the acclaimed musical will return to the Great White Way for previews on Nov. 10 before formally opening on Dec. 10 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Hudson’s co-stars include Cynthia Erivo as Celie and Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black) as Sofia.

Hudson and Mason have recorded two songs so far for the musical. Currently available for free download, “Too Beautiful for Words” features Hudson. The second song is a revamp of the title track, now a duet between Hudson and Erivo, reprising her role from The Color Purple’s London production. Both “Too Beautiful” and tickets for the  play are available via

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