Danielle Brooks of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Joins Broadway’s ‘Color Purple’
by Gordon Cox
Danielle Brooks, the actress who’s turned heads in her role as Taystee in Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” will make her Broadway debut alongside Jennifer Hudson and British actress Cynthia Erivo in the musical version of “The Color Purple.”
Brooks will play the tough Sofia, the role played in the film version by Oprah Winfrey — who’s on board as a producer of the revival, just as she was for the musical’s Broadway premiere in 2005. Sofia is one of the three major female characters in the show, with Hudson on board as nightclub singer Shug and Erivo starring as protagonist Celie, a role she first played in London.