Williams turns ‘Purple’

Destiny's Child singer cast in Chicago production

Michelle Williams of the R&B group Destiny’s Child is joining the Chicago production of “The Color Purple.” Williams will play the role of Shug Avery, a sexy blues singer.

The stage version of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel will open in Chicago on April 17. It’s still playing on Broadway.

Several of the stars of the New York production — including Jeannette Bayardelle, who plays the lead character of Celie, and Felicia P. Fields, who received a Tony nomination for her portrayal of the feisty Sofia — are joining the tour in Chicago.

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