The acclaimed revival produced by Scott SandersandOprah Winfrey has a lot of buzz going into the 2016 Tony Award nominations, but theater critics believe the “American Idol” finalist turned “Dreamgirls” star’s departure from the production during the middle of Tony voting season could compromise any potential recognition.
Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, the revival of “The Color Purple” stars British newcomer Cynthia Erivo (Celie) and “Orange is the New Black” star Danielle Brooks (Sofia) and opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York on Dec. 10, 2015.
In 2002, Headley made her debut in the music business with her CD, “This Is Who I Am.” Four studio albums later, the singer earned a Grammy Award for her third release, “Audience of One;” and is now known for hits like “He Is,” “I Wish I Wasn’t,” “In My Mind,” “Me Time” and her remake of the Lionel Richie classic “Jesus Is Love,” recorded as a duet with Gospel superstar Smokie Norful.
In 2012, the 41-year-old entertainer traveled to the U.K. to originate the role of Rachel Marron in the Broadway adaptation “The Bodyguard” on London’s West End. In 2015, she starred in a limited presentation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Broadway spectacular “Into the Woods” in St. Louis.