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Jennifer Hudson Says She’s Learned a Lot from Broadway, Talks EGOT Aspirations


ABC/Craig SjodinWhile we wait for new music from her, Jennifer Hudson continues to shine in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple. Hudson, who plays a sexy mistress named Shug Avery, tells ABC Radio what she has learned from taking on her first Broadway production.

“A lot of things: I feel like just seeing how it works, the machine of it, learning the language of theater and even experiencing it, seeing like how passionate people are about theater,” she says. “It’s its own culture, its own world and it’s definitely valued and it’s just overall been such an amazing learning experience for me, like I’m learning so much. I feel like I’m in theater school right now.”

With the Tony Awards taking place later this summer, the singer, who already has an Oscar and a Grammy Award, spoke about her dreams to join the “EGOT” club, a small group of entertainers who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award.

“I would be in awe, like, “Really?’ It would be an honor, yeah. I don’t really know what to say to that. It kind of scares me, like, ‘Hold on y’all I’m getting my feet wet, give me a chance,’ you know?” she says.

Hudson is joined in The Color Purple by Orange Is the New Black star Danielle Brooks. The play runs until October 1. You can purchase tickets now via

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