Friday, January 9, 2015

Idina Menzel and Jennifer Hudson News

The news just broke that If/Then, the vehicle that brought Idina Menzel back to Broadway for the first time in the 10 years after her Tony-winning run in Wicked, will be closing.  The show opened on March 30th, 2014, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre after beginning previews on March 5th of the same year.  The show will run through March 22nd, 2015, after29 previews and 430 regular performances.

Also, it has been confirmed that Jennifer Hudson will be coming to Broadway.  The Oscar and Grammy winner will be making her Main Stem debut in the revival of The Color Purple, which will be directed by Tony winning director John Doyle.  Hudson was initially speculated to be playing the lead role of Celie (a role which won a Tony for LaChanze and which was a memorable, Oscar nominated role for Whoopi Goldberg in the non-musical movie adaptation of the novel).  She is now confirmed to be playing Shug Avery.  No other casting has been announced.

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