Danielle Brooks heading to Broadway in 'The Color Purple'

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NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Danielle Brooks is going from orange to purple — jumping from "Orange Is the New Black" on TV to a Broadway stage in the upcoming "The Color Purple" revival.

The actress, who plays Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson on the Netflix series, will play the proud, no-nonsense Sofia in the production directed and designed by John Doyle. She'll play the role Oprah Winfrey had in the film.

"My body is having an out-of-body experience," she said Wednesday by phone from a writers' workshop in New Harmony, Indiana. "I'm so shocked and honored and grateful."

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Danielle Brooks heading to Broadway in 'The Color Purple'
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 17: Actress Danielle Brooks attends Samsung Supper Club with Mary J. Blige at SXSW 2015 on March 17, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Samsung)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: (L-R) Actress Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox, Danielle Brooks, Jenji Kohan, Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, and Selenis Leyva attend Netflix's 'Orange Is The New Black' For Your Consideration Screening and Q & A at the Directors Guild Of America on May 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Actress Danielle Brooks arrives for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, January 25, 2015 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Danielle Brooks attends Out100 2014 presented by Buick on November 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for OUT100)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Danielle Brooks attends 'Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word' Logo TV Premiere Party & Screening at Paramount Screening Room at the Viacom Building on October 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Logo TV)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: Actress Danielle Brooks speaks onstage at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards brought to you by Samsung Galaxy at The Wiltern on July 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Young Hollywood Awards will air on Monday, July 28 8/7c on The CW. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Variety)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 19: (L-R) Actors Danielle Brooks, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew and Taylor Schilling accept the award for 'Outstanding New Program' for 'Orange Is The New Black' onstage during the 30th Annual Television Critics Association Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Actors Yael Stone, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Barbara Rosenblat, Samira Wiley, and Matt McGorry of 'Orange is the New Black are seen during 2014 NY Pride - Netflix's Orange Is The New Black on June 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Netflix)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 19: Actress Danielle Brooks facetimes with her father at the 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Critics' Choice Television Awards)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Danielle Brooks attends Sally Morrison & LoveGold Celebrate Academy Award Nominee Lupita Nyong'o at Chateau Marmont on February 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: (L-R) Actresses Greta Gerwig and Danielle Brooks participate in a discsussion panel Glamour And L'Oreal Paris 2014 Top Ten College Women Celebration at Kaufman Music Center on April 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Glamour)

The cast also includes Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery and Cynthia Erivo as Celie. All three women will be making their Broadway debuts. Performances start Nov. 9 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Brooks said "The Color Purple" was the very first Broadway show she ever saw 10 years ago when she was 15. "Now, 10 years later, I get to do it," she said. "I'm trying to hold it together."

Doyle opened his production of "The Color Purple" in 2013 in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Music and lyrics are by Grammy winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.

The musical is a stage version of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in rural Georgia that covers a lifetime of events observed by Celie, a homely, uneducated farm woman whose dreams are repeatedly shattered by the cruelty of males.

Brooks, born and raised in South Carolina and educated at Juilliard's drama program, has been in the film "Angry Birds," HBO's "Girls" and "Time Out of Mind," starring Richard Gere.

She said she hopes she can juggle both her new Broadway commitment and "Orange Is the New Black," which soon begins filming its fourth season and she credits with jump-starting her career.

"It's opened so many doors in so many ways. I'm grateful that they've been so supportive of me and the new journey that I'm about to take," Brooks said. "Taystee is very much still alive. So far. Knock on wood, please."

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