Jennifer Hudson’s no stranger to the spotlight, but when she makes her Broadway debut as Shug Avery in a revival of The Color Purple, she says the stakes will be decidedly high. “Broadway is something that has been a dream of mine for a long time,” the Oscar and Grammy winner says, “but it’s completely different from being on a movie screen or in a concert hall.” Hudson’s director, John Doyle, has faith her appeal will translate to the stage. “Jennifer’s a wonderful, unique performer,” he says. “I’m thrilled and honored to be directing her.”
Hudson, right, wears blouse by Max Mara, skirt by Donna Karan, jewelry by De Beers and shoes by Jimmy Choo.