Chaka Kahn
Three new faces will grace the Broadway cast of The Color Purple! Eight-time Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan will take on the role of Sofia opposite Grammy Award-winning gospel singer BeBe Winans as Harpo. Their first appearance at the Broadway Theatre in New York City will be on Wednesday, January 9, 2008.

American Idol finalist LaKisha Jones will make her Broadway debut in the smash hit musical as the Church Soloist—who sings the opening song, "Mysterious Ways"—from December 19, 2007 to January 6, 2008. Starting on January 9, LaKisha will play Sofia during matinee performances and the Church Soloist in the evenings.