Jennifer Hudson readies for her Broadway debut in 'The Color Purple'


Jennifer Hudson Gears Up For Long-Awaited Broadway Debut

Is an EGOT -- an Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar, and Tony award -- in Jennifer Hudson's future?

The 33-year-old entertainer already has two of the four -- a Best Supporting Oscar for Dreamgirls and a GRAMMY for Best R&B Album -- and when she makes her Broadway debut in the musical adaptation of The Color Purple she just may garner recognition at the Tony Awards.

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Hudson will play Shug Avery in the stage revival, which also stars Orange Is the New Black's Danielle Brooks as Sofia. And though the entertainer is used to live performances, Hudson admits taking the stage will be a challenge.

"It's live. There's no retakes. It is what it is so you have to be on point and in the moment -- that's challenging," Hudson tells ET. "But it's exciting at the same time because I've learned no live show is every the same. So you have to be on your toes -- that's for sure."

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But then again, Hudson doesn't have to try to top Oprah Winfrey's Oscar-nominated performance as Sofia. "Oprah has originated this character, this role and has brought so much life into this woman and will never be forgotten," Brooks says of the longtime talk show host's lasting impact.

However, just knowing that Winfrey, who is serving as one of the show's producers, is a part of the production is icing on the cake for both actresses. "Who wouldn't want to be what she's a part of?" Hudson says.

Preview performances of The Color Purple begin on November 9 at the Bernard B. Jacobs theater in New York City. The show, directed by John Doyle, opens on December 3.

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Jennifer Hudson performs during Hollywood round of auditions for 'American Idol' Season 3 in October of 2003 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
Jennifer Hudson during 'American Idol' Season 3 - Top 12 Finalists Party - Arrivals at Pearl in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - MAY 26: American Idol contestants Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino, La Toya London and Diana DeGarmo perform on stage at the American Idol Season Three Grand Finale at the Kodak Theatre May 26, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27: Singer Jennifer Hudson arrives to the Tiffany & Co. Launch of The 2008 Blue Book Collection at The Museum of Natural History on October 27, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - MAY 25: American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson arrives at the American Idol Finale: Results Show held at the Kodak Theatre on May 25, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 05: Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson arrives at the New Line Cinema's 40th Anniversary Gala at Fredrick P. Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on October5, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Jennifer Hudson accepts Best Actress award during BET Awards 2007 - Show at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage for BET Network)
Jennifer Hudson during 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards New York - Inside at Marriott Marquis in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 06: Actress/singer Jennifer Hudson arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Secret Life Of Bees' at The Academy of Motion Arts & Sciences on October 6, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19: Singer Jennifer Hudson attends the 2009 Whitney Museum Gala at The Whitney Museum of American Art on October 19, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: Jennifer Hudson backstage at Brooklyn Academy of Music on September 17, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Recording artist Jennifer Hudson visits SiriusXM Studios on September 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 04: Recording artist, actress and spokesperson Jennifer Hudson performs during the 2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam on July 4, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Jennifer Hudson performs during the Stand For School Equality Rally at Cadman Plaza Park on October 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: Singer Jennifer Hudson attends the 2015 New York City Ballet Fall Gala at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Singer Jennifer Hudson attends DKNY Women's Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
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