On November 16, 2016 by Theater Talk Web

Actress Jennifer Holliday talks about her return to Broadway, playing in the Tony Award-winning revival of The Color Purple. Holliday also reminisces about appearing in the original production of Dreamgirls directed by her mentor Michael Bennett, beginning when she was 19 years old. Holliday describes working with Bennett, composer Henry Krieger and lyricist/librettist Tom Eyen to create the show-stopping number “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” Her gripping and powerful performance was recorded for the Tony Awards broadcast back in 1982, and has since become one of the all-time most watched Internet videos ever.

She won the Best Actress Tony Award for Dreamgirls and became a star, but as she explains to us, the undertow from that heady experience led to years of struggle with depression and a daunting eating disorder. Eventually Holliday overcame those problems, repairing her psyche and losing over 150 pounds (a weight loss she has sustained for more than 20 years) and she now continues her remarkable career, co-starring in The Color Purple as the lithe and sexy “Shug Avery.”

One Response to “Broadway Legend JENNIFER HOLLIDAY  ”

  • Linda king

    So sad she let the haters intimidate her into not accepting the honor of performing at president Trumps inauguration !

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