The Color Purple’s South African producers Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay are delighted to announce the casting of Lerato Mvelase as Shug Avery, the popular bluesy singer whom we meet in the musical ‘at death’s door’.
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Shug Avery is comfortable in her sexuality; dynamic, powerful and irresistible, but has a frailty like a wounded animal. Her vulnerability is shocking.
Lerato Mvelase recently enjoyed a personal triumph in the role of Petal in King Kong the musical in Cape Town and Joburg. She is a South African actress and television presenter best known for her role as Katlego in SABC’s Home Affairs from 2005 to 2009. Lerato also starred as Princess in the TV sitcom Home Sweet Home in 2011.
Lerato was born in Soweto and received her degree in drama at Wits University in 2002. She is the sister of rapper and television presenter ProVerb. She has appeared in numerous theatre productions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1995, directed by Clare Stopford), The Journey (2003, directed by Duma ka-Ndlovu), Love of a Woman, My Spirit Lives and Crepuscule.
In 2014, Lerato starred as Dipuo Nuru in the SABC thriller series Thola and in 2016 she had a recurring role as Lt Samkelo Mkhize on the Mzansi Magic soapie isiBaya. Lerato is also well known to television viewers from her presenting roles on Moribo and Imvelo.
Lerato Mvelase replaces the previously announced Molebtasi Lekgetha as Shug Avery, who had to withdraw from the cast for health reasons.
The Color Purple will have preview performances in The Mandela at Joburg Theatre from January 31st 2018, with its official opening night on Sunday February 4th and running until Sunday March 4th 2018.