Original The Color
Purple Broadway cast member, Elisabeth Withers-Mendes, who has played the
role of Shug Avery since the musical began performances at the Broadway Theatre
in November 2005 and throughout its entire record-breaking run, will begin a hiatus
from the role on Thursday, January 31, 2008.
The Tony nominated actress will return to the role for the
final two performances of The Color
Purple on Sunday, February 24, 2008.
Beginning on Friday, February 1, 2008, Angela Robinson
assumes the role of Shug Avery while Withers-Mendes is on leave.
Robinson's Broadway credits include Wonderful Town,
Bells Are Ringing, and Play On! Off-Broadway she has been seen
in Radiant Baby at the Public Theater,
and Call the Children Home at Primary
Stages. She has appeared in the national tours of The Wizard of Oz and Dreamgirls
and in New York City Center Encores! Productions of Golden Boy, Bye Bye Birdie,
and Pajama Game.
The Color Purple
currently stars Chaka Khan as Sofia, BeBe Winans as Harpo, LaKisha Jones as the
Church Soloist at all evening performances and Sofia at all matinee performances, Montego
Glover as Nettie, Alton Fitzgerald White as Mister, Krisha Marcano as Squeak
and Zonya Love as Celie.
Also featured in the cast of 37 are Leilani N. Bryant,
Teresa Stanley, Yolanda Wyns, Larry Marshall, Deidra H. Brooks, Eric L.
Christian, LaTrisa A. Coleman, Ruby E. Crawford, Bobby Daye, Doug Eskew, Lavon
Fisher-Wilson, Charles Gray, Gavin Gregory, Stephanie Guiland-Brown, James
Harkness, Francesca Harper, Chauncey Jenkins, Ashley Reneé Jordan, Brandi
Chavonne Massey, Kenya Unique Massey, Marla McReynolds, Jenny Mollet, JC
Montgomery, Levensky Smith, Ricky Smith and Jamal Story.
The performance schedule for The Color Purple is: Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM; Wednesday,
Saturday and Sunday at 2PM; Sunday at 7:30PM. Please Note: There will be an
added performance Tuesday, February 5 at 7PM. There will be no performance
Sunday, February 10 at 7:30PM.
Tickets for The Color
Purple can be purchased via Telecharge.com/ (212) 239-6200 or at The
Broadway Theatre Box Office. Tickets are
$116.50 - $26.50. For more information on the show, go to www.colorpurple.com.