Jennifer Hudson Cast in 'The Color Purple' Musical Broadway Revival with Taystee from 'OITNB'

By Rebecca Zedek on Sep 17, 2015 04:07 AM EDT

It is the season of revivals on the Great White Way come this November, as two must-see productions, Fiddler on the Roof and The Color Purple, make fall worth living for in New York City. The two equally well-received musicals have been in the works for some time and have had a ton of buzz around the Broadway neighborhoods in recent weeks. Many fans are ecstatic to see some of these classics head back to Broadway this season. Nowhere is said demand more supplied than on the secondary ticket market.

Although the shows have yet to begin performances there in midtown, prices on the re-seller's market are still relatively high. According to TiqIQ, the average price for Fiddler on the Roof tickets was $185 across scheduled dates, while The Color Purple tickets averaged significantly more at some $225. Prices have dropped over the past several weeks due to the early fall dry spell that is common for Broadway.

The Color Purple, though, has one thing that Fiddler on the Roof does not have: a famous pop singer. And, least we forget, Danielle Brooks (i.e. "Taystee" from Orange is the New Black).

Yes, J-Hud, herself, is making her Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of the novel that garnered Alice Walker both the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction.

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As preview dates approach, secondary market prices could fluctuate until those performances actually start. It is sometimes the previews of the show that can make or break the production. Sometimes a show never makes it out of previews, like Bonnie & Clyde, a musical that previewed in late 2011. However, in the case of these two revival musicals, these shows will do very well considering their high price tag and clearly high ticket demand.

Fiddler on the Roof originally premiered on Broadway in 1964. It was the first Broadway musical run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler held this record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years, until Grease surpassed its run. The current record holder is Webber & Rice's Phantom of the Opera, but Fiddler on the Roof still remains Broadway's 16th longest-running show. Ever.

J-Hud, or no J-Hud, it's easy to hear why. If only Zero Mostel--one of the richest Tevyes, indeed--were still alive for a reprise.

Here's hoping for at least a hologram.

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TagsFiddler on the Roof, The Color Purple, Jennifer Hudson, broadway, American Idol, Fantasia Barrino, Phantom of the Opera, Tickets, Zero Mostel, Danielle Brooks, OITNB

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