Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson is gearing up to make her Broadway debut in ‘The Color Purple.’ The singer turned actress is teaming up with her Dreamgirls songwriter/producer Harvey Mason Jr. and Orange is the New Black’s break out star, Danielle Brooks. Hudson sat down for an interview to discuss her excitement for the upcoming premier and some of the challenges she may face doing a live performance. Hit the jump to find out just what she had to say.

Jennifer Hudson will play Shug Avery in the revival of the Broadway play “The Color Purple.” She admits she is excited for the role, she said “It’s the right project, the right timing, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Despite her excitement to get started on the production, J.Hud who is no stranger to the stage reveals what she finds most difficult about starring in the play. She said, “It’s live. There’s no retakes. It is what it is so you have to be on point and in the moment — that’s challenging,” she added, “But it’s exciting at the same time because I’ve learned no live show is every the same. So you have to be on your toes — that’s for sure.”

In being a part of this production Hudson gets to work alongside former Dreamgirls songwriter and producer Harvey Mason Jr. The two have already recorded two songs for the musical. One is a revamp of the title track, and another called “Too Beautiful”

Hudson also tells of her excitement of being a apart of the production which includes Oprah as one of the producers. Oprah formerly starred as Sophia in the play, and received an Oscar for her performance. The 33 year-old artist has already been awarded with Oscar and a Grammy, her role in this Broadway show could just lead her to a Tony.

The Color Purple” originally opened on Broadway almost 10 years ago and it is now set to return this Fall. The production opens on November 9 at the Bernard B. Jacobs theater in New York City.

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Source Entertainment Tonight