How The Color Purple Became One of the Most Beloved Stories of Our Time
Alice Walker's novel about Celie, a rape and abuse survivor growing up in the Deep South, and her more worldly sister, Nettie, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for fiction.
Steven Spielberg's drama with Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah as the strong-willed Sofia was nominated for 11 Academy Awards.
Oprah joined Quincy Jones, Scott Sanders, and others to produce the Broadway show, with Felicia P. Fields and LaChanze.
Hudson stars opposite Orange Is the New Black's Danielle Brooks (far right) and Cynthia Erivo (center), who played Celie in this show's London run. Tony Award winner John Doyle (who directed in London) helms again.