& Michelle Williams
Bayardelle left the Broadway production of The Color Purple on February 18, where she had been playing the role of Celie since November 2006. An original cast member of the show, she previously toured in productions of Big River and Rent.
London, taking on the role of Celie's sister Nettie, was one of the standout finalists in the third season of American Idol, where she performed alongside Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and eventual Idol winner Fantasia, who will join the Broadway company of The Color Purple on April 10.
Part of the trio that made up the multi-platinum recording act Destiny's Child, Chicago native Williams made her Broadway debut playing the title role in Aida. She is now a solo inspirational/gospel recording artist. She takes on the Color Purple role of Shug Avery.