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Backstage with Richard Ridge: Hell Yes! Danielle Brooks Opens Up About Her Life-Changing Role in THE COLOR PURPLE

She's one of Broadway's sassiest new stars and she's making a splash this season as 'Sofia' in the critically acclaimed revival of The Color Purple. Danielle Brooks just told us all about her journey to TV and and Broadway in SAG-AFTRA Foundation and's Conversations Q&A series, celebrating the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. Below, watch as she explains to Richard Ridge how this role has changed her life- in more ways than one!

Danielle Brooks can currently be seen onstage in the moving revival of The Color Purple, starring opposite Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson. Brooks makes her Broadway debut as the strong and fierce "Sophia," who symbolizes resilience for Erivo's "Celie." The musical debuted to rave reviews and is currently in its run at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Brooks is best known for her role as "Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson" in the Netflix Emmy-nominated series, Orange is the New Black.Brooks and the cast received a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2014 for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" and Danielle was the recipient of the Young Hollywood Award for "Breakthrough Actress." The fourth season will premiere in Summer 2016.

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