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Jennifer Hudson Plays Shug Avery in Broadway Revival of The Color Purple


The Color Purple’ on Broadway December 15, 2015 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater

By Ken Simmons

Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo star in a brilliant, gospel infused revival of The Color Purple onBroadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater. Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, and the 1985 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, and Oprah Winfrey (one of the musical’s producers), The Color Purple musical is a powerful statement of female empowerment. Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, with transcendent songs by Grammy award winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, the play tells the inspiring story of Celie (masterfully portrayed by Erivo who recreates her role from the London production), who overcomes decades of male abuse to find dignity, self-respect, independence, and

Celie & NettieSet in rural Georgia in 1909, 14 year-old Celie is a mother of two children who she was forced to abandon by her uncaring father. Her only joy is the love she shares with her younger sister, Nettie (portrayed by Joaquina Kalukango). When a farmer named Mister asks her father to marry younger Nettie, “Pa” offers Celie instead, who he constantly refers to as “ugly.” He convinces Mister (Isaiah Johnson) to take her, offering a cow as part of the deal. Celie is separated from her beloved sister, and is constantly verbally and physically abused by Mister, who treats her like a slave. The sisters are briefly reunited when Nettie comes to stay with Celie and Mister, however when Nettie rebuffs his sexual advances, he banishes her from their home, vowing to never let the sisters see each other again. Nettie promises to write Celie, however the cruel Mister refuses to allow Celie to see her numerous letters, causing her to believe Nettie has died.

MisterContrasting the male dominated Celie is Sofia (Danielle Brooks), a bold, strong willed woman who intimidates and physically beats Mister’s son, her husband, Harpo (Kyle Scatliffe). She shows the timid Celie is it possible to rebel against controlling, disrespectful, chauvinist men in one of the many musical highlights of the show, belting the song, “Hell No.” Henpecked Harpo opens a Juke Joint, and willingly falls for the charms of a sassy waitress named Squeak. He hires Mister’s former lover, the famed singer Shug Avery (portrayed by Hudson) to perform at his club. When Celie takes care of Shug, she experiences tenderness for the first time, and they fall in love, passionately demonstrated by their heart rendering duets, “Too Beautiful For Words,” and “What About Love?” However, Celie discovers Shug’s promiscuous nature when she brings home a new boyfriend. Yet Shug unlocks a key to Celie’s life, handing her one of the hidden letters, and Celie rejoices as she discovers that Nettie is alive. She is now a missionary in Africa and has found Celie’s long lost son and daughter.

Shug arrivesAfter Shug discovers the extent of Celie’s suffering, she decides to rescue her by moving away from the evil Mister to her home in Memphis. In an emotional pinnacle, Celie releases her years of anger and torment, defiantly confronting Mister about his brutal behavior, ultimately leaving him and placing a curse on his soul. This marks the turning point in Celie’s depressed life, symbolized by the change from the bland wardrobe worn by the entire cast in rural Georgia, to vibrant pastel colors in the Mister-free good life of Tennessee.

Harpo & SofiaThe freedom and happiness is contagious, affecting the constantly bickering Harpo and Sophia, who reconcile, performing the highly provocative tune “Any Little Thing” dripping with sexuality. While the son is in Heaven, the father is in Hell, feeling the effects of Celie’s curse, being ostracized and realizing he is universally hated. As Mister drowns in misery, Celie basks in her new glory, and discovers her talent for making pants. She transitions into a successful entrepreneur, and truly becomes independent for the first time in her life. Her estranged husband finally come to terms with his despicable life, and also makes a positive change, discovering the quality of compassion. He discovers that Nettie and Celie’s children are in Africa, and decides to help bring them home.

Miss Celie's PantsAs Mister attempts to make amends for his inhuman behavior, the two women in his life, Shug and Celie, have a showdown over their budding relationship. Shug tells Celie she wants to go on the road and have one last fling with a man before returning home in six months. Celie realizes she is no longer dependent on Shug’s love, or love from anyone else. After living a life devoid of love (with the exception of sister Nettie), she finally claims love of herself. In the play’s climatic moment, Erivo commands the stage in an unforgettable solo performance, confidently declaring, “I’m thankful for who I really am. I’m beautiful,” in the show’s showstopping song. “I’m Here.”

Celie & MisterIn the final picnic scene, Mister, a clearly changed man, proclaims his love for Celie, asking to marry her again, and have a real marriage. She politely refuses, before he provides her with the greatest gift of all. Celie is surprised by the arrival of Nettie, who greets her sister with the fulfillment of her dreams, her two children.

The original Broadway production of The Color Purple premiered December 1, 2005 and ran for over two years. LaChanze, who starred as Celie, won a Tony Award for Actress in a Musical. She was replaced by Fantasia, who won received a Theatre World Award. A decade later, the current stripped down revival, with an amazing cast, exalting message of redemption and triumph, magnificent music, and incredible voices, is destined for even greater success.

The Color Purple Official Site

DJ June New York Club Chart ニューヨーク・クラブチャート– February 10, 2015

Знаменитый японский женщин-ди-джеем в Нью-Йорке

1. Trouble – Iggy Azalea f/ Jennifer Hudson

Videoがこれから出るみたいなんですが、撮影のひとこまの写真が、Jennifer Hudsonが警官役で Iggyちゃんに手錠かけて連行してる模様。みんなが Blackの女性警官が白人の女性ラッパーを逮捕してるぞ!みたいな見出しをつけてネット上で既に話題になってます。ビデオが楽しみです。曲的にはモータウン的なボーカルにラップが乗っかってる感じの、ノリのいいトラックです。

The shot from the video of a female police officer played by Jennifer Hudson putting a handcuff on Iggy is surfing on the internet. I can’t wait for the video! Over a bouncy piano instrumental, Iggy raps about a bad boy, while J Hud supplies the soulful Motown-like hook.

2. Worth It – Fifth Harmony f/ Kid Ink

新しいアルバムが出たばかりのKid Ink。アルバムの曲は全部同んなじビートに聴こえると なかなかみんなに辛口批評受けてるみたいですが…確かに…全部 DJ Mustardのビートに聴こえるのは確かだ〜。この曲はアルバムからじゃなく、Fifth…って言うガールズグループの曲です。でも 同んなじ感じの曲調ですね。Fifth …はアメリカで人気のオーディション番組 X-Factorで2012年に優勝したグループです。今まであんまりヒットなかったんですが、これはちょっとヒットする予感。

Kid Ink just released his new album “Full Speed” which is criticized that all songs sound the same and I have to admit it is true that they all sound like DJ Mustard’s beats. “Worth It” is actually not from his album but from the Fifth Harmony, a girl group formed on the second season of The X Factor, still sounds just the same. FH has no big hits but this might get them to somewhere.

3. That’s My Sh#t – The Dream f/ T.I.

Dreamって前に R&BシンガーのChristina Milianちゃんと結婚したけど離婚。Christinaちゃんは可愛いけどなかなか曲が売れず、昔の話ですが、所属してたデフジャムも解約され…鳴かず飛ばずだった存在なのに、前にLil Wayneと付き合い始めた?頃から運気上昇で ついに今年自分のリアリティーショーが出て、今なかなかブレーク中。なんで今 Christinaさん!?いやー、人生どうなるか分からないものだなぁと思いました。番組的には カダーシアン姉妹を意識して、3姉妹とそのオカンの毎日みたいなショーで必死で妹さんもスターにしようとこんたんが見えます。ブラックバージョンのキムカダーシアン姉妹か?みたいにみんなも飛びついてるみたいです。ちなみにTV局もカダーシアン一家のショーと同じ局。でもカダーシアン一家は全員すごい存在感なんで、ちょっとあそこまでスーパースターになるのは難しいかもと予測中。曲と全然話それましたが、あしからずです!

The Dream married to R&B singer Christina Milian and divorced her. Christina is really cute and was signed to Def Jam on 2001 then dropped after having no significant hits. Things are started to change when she stared dating with Lil Wayne and now Christina has her own reality TV show “Christina Milian Turned UP”. The series follows the day-to-day lives of Christina, her Mom Carmen and her two sisters, Danielle and Lizzy. Created by the same TV Station the show is very similar to “Keeping Up The Kadarshians” obviously targeting black audience. But I tell you it’s a tough competition as the Kadarshians are the family of the very powerful characters. Oops, sorry not talking about the song.


DJ June This Week’s Event

Tues – Toca Tuesdays with Tony Touch & @ The Delancey (168 Delancey St) 10pm~

Wed – NBA Event @ Long Island University in downtown Brooklyn

Thurs – @ Brooklyn Terrace (216-222 Duffield street Brooklyn)  6pm~

Thurs – @ bOb (235 Eldridge Street NY) 10pm~

Fri – @ Providence AC inside the Tropicana Hotel11pm~ Sat – @ Providence AC 10pm~

Sun – NBA Event @ Long Island University in downtown Brooklyn 1pm~

Harlem R&B Play List – November 2014/Soul Train Awards Specialソウルトレイン・アウォード記念号

1 – We Are Here – Alicia Keys

2- Till The Rope Gives Way – Joe

3- Goodnight Kisses – Charlie Wilson

4-Let Me Know – Tamar Braxton

5-It’s Your World – Jennifer Hudson feat. R. Kelly

6-No Love – August Alsina

7-New Flame – Chris Brown feat. Usher & Rick Ross

8-Love Letter – Keyshia Cole feat. Future

9-My Love – Syleena Johnson

10-Love Tonight – Calvin Richardson


Don’t miss soul train awards This sunday!

ソウルトレイン・アウォードTV放映 今週日曜日

放映時間:11/30(日) 8pm BET