Who Should Play Mister in the Broadway Revival of The Color Purple? | Playbill

Polls Who Should Play Mister in the Broadway Revival of The Color Purple? Following the recent casting announcements of Jennifer Hudson, Danielle Brooks and Cynthia Erivo in the upcoming Broadway production of The Color Purple, Playbill.com took to social media to see which performer readers would most like to see in the role of Mister. The production begins previews Nov. 9 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
Kingsley Leggs as Mister in the original Broadway production of <i>The Color Purple</i>
Kingsley Leggs as Mister in the original Broadway production of The Color Purple Photo by Paul Kolnik

Norm Lewis

Andrew Agnew: Norm Lewis

John B. DeHaas: Norm Lewis…

Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis recently starred in the title role of Broadway's long-running production of The Phantom of the Opera, marking the first occasion that the role had been played in New York by an African-American performer. Other Broadway credits include The Wild Party, Side Show, Les Misérables and Porgy and Bess, the latter alongside Audra McDonald, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. He has also starred as King Triton in Broadway's Little Mermaid.

 

Dulé Hill 

Actor, singer and dancer Dule Hill has been featured on Broadway in After Midnight, Stick Fly and Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, but is perhaps best known for his long-running role as presidential aide Charlie Young on "The West Wing." Hill is currently filming for another series, HBO newcomer "Ballers," starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

David St. Louis 

David St. Louis was most recently seen on Broadway as Jake in the acclaimed but short-lived revival of Side Show, about conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton.The original cast, including St. Louis, recently reunited for a one-night-only concert at 54 Below. His other Broadway credits include Jesus Christ Superstar and The Scarlet Pimpernel. His TV credits include "N.C.I.S.," "Law & Order" and "Third Watch."

Tituss Burgess

Teresa Miller: Tituss Burgess

Tituss Burgess stars as Titus Andromedon on
Tituss Burgess stars as Titus Andromedon on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

Tituss Burgess can currently be seen in the acclaimed Netflix series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," created by comedienne Tina Fey. Burgess plays a character named Titus, a struggling performer and roommate to the show's lead, Kimmy. Read Playbill.com's interview with Burgess here about the role. His Broadway credits include Guys and Dolls, The Little Mermaid and Jersey Boys.

Joshua Henry

Two-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry has appeared on Broadway in Violet, Bring It On: The Musical, Porgy and Bess and The Scottsboro Boys, among others. His film and TV credits include the "Sex and the City" movie, "Army Wives" and "Winter's Tale." Henry recently appeared in a concert at 54 Below with On the Town star Alysha Umphress.

Taye Diggs

Laurie O'Connors-Mohamed: Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs
Taye Diggs James Hill

Taye Diggs, who was recently announced as the next Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, created the role of Benny in Rent. His other Broadway credits include Fiyero in Wicked and Billy Flynn in Chicago. On television he has been featured in "The Good Wife," "Murder in the First" and "Private Practice."

Viola Davis

William Harrison Surber: VIOLA DAVIS!!!! Because she can say anything and I would believe it.

Viola Davis and Denzel Washington
Viola Davis and Denzel Washington Photo by Joan Marcus

While it's unlikely that Viola Davis would be cast as Mister, Playbill.com couldn't resist featuring the two-time Tony Award winner in this week's poll. The star, who we would love to lure back to the New York stage, has appeared on Broadway in Fences, King Hedley II and Seven Guitars. She is also a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Award winner.

 
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