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Jennifer Hudson Says She’s Very Nervous About Starring in The Color Purple


Heather Wines/CBSJennifer Hudson is preparing to play Shug Avery in the Broadway production of The Color Purple. And although the actress already has an Oscar, she’s nervous to take the stage.

Hudson told People magazine she’s “very nervous” to make her Broadway debut. “I try to feel the butterflies before any big performance as much as I can,” the actress added. “That sensation makes me feel alive and it keeps me on my toes. For me, nerves have always been a good thing, they make the experience exciting.”

Still, Hudson shouldn’t be that nervous, especially since she’s very familiar with Alice Walker‘s book and the original Broadway adaptation.  She said the tale is “a timeless piece of American culture. The story holds a special place in my heart because, in part, it’s so honest. All of the characters are true to who they are. Each individual is an integral part of the message and it brings a complex emotion that sticks with the audience.”

The Color Purple, which also stars Orange Is the New Black‘s Danielle Brooks as Sofia, will begin previews November 10 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York City.

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