Erivo will reprise her performance as Celie when director (and this time designer, as well) John Doyle brings his scaled-down Menier Chocolate Factory production to Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in the fall. Like co-star Jennifer Hudson, already announced to play Shug in the show, Erivo will be making her Broadway debut in the musical revival.
The 2005 show, with book by Marsha Norman and score by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, is based on the 1982 Alice Walker coming-of-age novel about the blooming spiritual and sexual relationship between a girl (Erivo) raped by her father and married off to an older man, and Shug, the free-thinking mistress (Hudson) he brings home to recuperate from a life-threatening illness.
Previews are set to begin Monday, November 9 prior to an official opening on December 3. The producers are Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani and Tom Siracusa. Erivo will appear with the support of Actors’ Equity Association.