'Orange Is the New Black' Star Danielle Brooks Joins 'The Color Purple' on Broadway

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Danielle Brooks

The Netflix breakout will be making her Broadway debut in the fall revival.

Orange is the new purple, it seems.

Danielle Brooks, who plays the beloved inmate Taystee on Orange Is the New Black, will make her Broadway debut in The Color Purple later this year, producers announced Wednesday.

The Netflix breakout joins fellow Broadway newbies Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo in the John Doyle revival, in which she'll play Sofia. The production will begin previews on Nov. 9 before its Dec. 10 opening at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

The stripped-down version, produced by London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in summer 2013, is a departure from the splashy original $10 million show, which debuted a decade ago and ran for a little over two years. Word went out soon after rave reviews broke for the London staging that producers Scott Sanders and Oprah Winfrey were eager to bring the revised version back to Broadway despite the relatively brief time since its premiere. Other lead producers are Roy Furman, David Babani and Tom Siracusa.

The show has a score by Brenda RussellAllee Willis and Stephen Bray, which combines jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues. The musical's book is by playwright Marsha Norman, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the 1985 Steven Spielberg film that starred Whoopi Goldberg and Winfrey.

Brooks returns in the third season of Orange Is the New Black, premiering June 12.

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